Church History publishes book reviews in two lengths. Larger reviews run 800 to 1000 words, and shorter ones run 200 to 250 words. The editorial assistant in charge of book reviews will specify what length is deemed appropriate for a given book. While a reviewer may request a length other than the one assigned, the final decision remains at the discretion of the editors and staff. Reviews that exceed the assigned limit may be returned for revisions. Reviews are due two months after you receive the book.
Contents and style
The editors request that all book reviews take into account the following elements:
- A presentation of the author's thesis, argument, methodology, and sources.
- A brief summary of the contents of the book.
- An evaluation of the argument, methodology, use of sources, premises, and conclusions of the book, highlighting both strengths and weaknesses.
- The place of the work within the larger context of its field.
- For collected essays: an assessment of the purpose of the collection and its strengths and weaknesses; an evaluation of select individual works (rather than a list of all the contributions; every essay need not be mentioned).
- The inclusion of page number references wherever the text is quoted.
In addition, the editors request that all book reviews offer an honest and fair evaluation of the scholarship under review. The aim is to analyze the book, not the author. The editors recognize that these goals can be achieved in a variety of ways, and they are not looking for one particular format in a review.
The style sheet for book reviews and book notes is printed below.
The Reformation of the Sixteenth Century: Two for One. By Jonathon B. Slough. Studies in Reformation History, 1. London: Edward Arnold, 1997. xiv + 296 pp. $29.95 cloth; $19.95 paper.
University of Anystate
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Book Review editors
Church History: Studies in Christianity and Culture
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University of Minnesota
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