Book Review Guidelines

Selected book review submissions will be published online with a complimentary print copy provided to the author. Reviews can be of a single title, or a review of two or more related titles; for example, two books covering the same area of research or using similar theoretical approaches. Similarly, reviews can be a single publication by one author, or an edited volume that includes the works of several authors.

Book reviews will be selected based on:

  • sophistication of analysis;
  • critical evaluation of the book’s strengths and weaknesses;
  • discussion of the book’s contribution to current debates within the discipline of anthropology;
  • organization, quality, and clarity of writing.

Please ensure that your book review respects the following guidelines before submitting for publication. The review:

  • is original and has not been published in (or is in consideration for) another journal; authors must own the rights of their work. Requests for exceptions should be addressed to the editorial collective;
  • is of a book (or books) relevant to the discipline of anthropology and published no more than 24 months prior to the call for papers;
  • is 3 to 6 (800 to 1600 words) pages double-spaced (excluding references);
  • follows the Contingent Horizons standards of publication (Contingent Horizons Style Guide);
  • uses 12-point font with 1-inch margins;
  • must be anonymized (please see “Anonymity and Peer Review” on the Publications Guidelines page.

While Contingent Horizons accepts unsolicited book reviews, we welcome prospective reviewers to contact us with a short list of books they might be interested in reviewing, so that we can ensure we don’t receive duplicate reviews. In some instances, we may be able to assist in obtaining review copies of books.


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