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Writing & Publishing Book Reviews. Prepared by Kimberly Greene. A CGU Writing Center Workshop Designed to Accelerate the Publication of Aspiring Scholars Across the Disciplines. Strategies for Successful Publishing:. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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  • Prepared by Kimberly Greene

  • CLAREMONT COLLEGES LIBRARY ELECTRONIC JOURNALS DATABASE~SEARCH UNDER SUBJECT OR JOURNAL TITLE HTTP://LIBRARIES.CLAREMONT.EDU UNDER ELECTRONIC JOURNALS TABIMPORTANCE OF MEMBERSHIP IN PROFESSIONAL AND SCHOLARLY SOCIETIES (MOST OFFER STUDENT MEMBERSHIP DISCOUNTS)SUBSCRIPTION TO THE SOCIETY JOURNALIDENTIFICATION OF GENERAL EDITOR, JOURNAL ARTICLE EDITOR, AND REVIEW ARTICLE EDITORINCLUDES LIST-SERVE AND ACCESS TO SCHOLARLY DIALOGUE AND NETWORKINGBUILDING GOODWILL AND A GOOD REPUTATION:ENGAGING IN DISCUSSION AND CONTRIBUTING TO THE SOCIETY, SUCH AS E-MAIL RESPONSE, ON-LINE DISCOURSE, MEETINGS, AND CONFERENCES GIVES THE ASPIRING SCHOLAR THE OPPORTUNITY TO MEET AND SUBMIT ABSTRACTS FOR REVIEWS AND ARTICLES FOR PUBLICATIONAN ESTABLISHED RELATIONSHIP WITH THE EDITOR WILL BUILD CONFIDENCE AND GIVE YOUR WORK THE ATTENTION IT DESERVESUNKNOWN AUTHORS ARE RARELY GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO PUBLISH PRIOR TO GETTING A PHD

  • TARGET PROVOCATIVE SUBJECTS AND NEW DEVELOPMENTS & METHODS IN RESEARCH RESEARCH THE CURRENCY OF NEW PUBLICATIONS THROUGH THE MOST RESPECTED SCHOLARLY PUBLISHING HOUSES~2009-2010SEARCH FOR NEW RELEASES AND CHECK THE PRESS RELEASES OF 2009SEARCH YOUR DISCIPLINES MOST INFLUENTIAL JOURNALS FOR BOOK REVIEWS, NOT YET REVIEWED BY YOUR SOCIETYS JOURNAL OR NEWSLETTERUSE ON-LINE DATABASES FOR ACCESS TO EUROPEAN NEW RELEASES OR PUBLICATIONS NOT REVIEWED IN THE AMERICAN JOURNALS, FOR EXAMPLE OASPA, OPEN ACCESS SCHOLARLY PUBLISHERS ASSOCIATION: HTTP://WWW.OASPA.ORGSEARCH THE MOST PRESTIGIOUS UNIVERSITIES IN YOUR DISCIPLINE FOR NEW PUBLICATIONS FOR 2010 SUBSCRIBE TO THE PRESTIGIOUS PUBLISHING HOUSES CATALOGS, WHICH LIST UP-COMING PUBLICATIONS FOR 2010

    Publishing House ExamplesDisciplinesOxford University Presshttp://www.oup.comAgriculture thru SociologyCambridge University Presshttp://www.cambridge.orgAstronomy & Astrophysics thru Medicine

  • THE CRITICAL BOOK REVIEW SUMMARIZES THE CONTENT OF THE BOOK, EVALUATING ITS VALIDITY AND CURRENCY TO THE DISCIPLINE THROUGH EXPLANATION, INTERPRETATION, AND ANALYSISTHE GENERAL APPRAISAL:ASCERTAIN THE MAIN ASSERTION OF THE PUBLICATIONIDENTIFY AND ANALYZE THE FINDINGS OR ARGUMENTS OF THE PUBLICATIONDEFINE THE CRITERIA, FROM WHICH YOU WILL EVALUATE THE PUBLICATIONASSESS THE VALUE/SUCCESS OF THE PUBLICATION, BASED ON YOUR SELECTED CRITERIA

  • ESTABLISHING THE AUTHORS AUTHORITY: THIS INCLUDES THE AUTHORS EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND, HIS/HER INSTITUTIONAL AFFILIATION OR EMPLOYER, PRIOR WRITINGS, AND HISPOSITION AND REPUTATION IN HIS DISCIPLINE OR FIELDDATE OF PUBLICATION: ESTABLISH THE CURRENCY OF THE TEXT AND THE SIGNIFICANCE OFTHE DATE TO YOUR TOPICEDITION OR A REVISED TEXT: ADDITIONAL EDITIONS OF TEXTS MAY REFLECT DEVELOPMENTS IN THE SCHOLARSHIP IN THE DISCIPLINE OR THAT THE SOURCE IS CONSIDERED AN IMPORTANT SOURCEPUBLISHER: THE PUBLISHER MAY REFLECT THE IMPORTANCE OF THE AUTHOR AND THE TEXT. IN ADDITION, IT ESTABLISHES CREDIBILITY WITH THE READER. FOR EXAMPLE, OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS HAS ONE OF THE HIGHEST REPUTATIONS IN THE ACADEMIC ARENAESTABLISH WHETHER OR NOT THE PUBLISHER HAS HIGH CREDIBILITY IN ITS FIELD OR IN A DISCIPLINECONTENT: EXAMINE THE PREFACE, THE TABLE OF CONTENTS, THE INDEX, AND ASCERTAIN THE METHODOLOGY OF THE TEXTS ORGANIZATION. NOTE ANY USEFUL INFORMATION IN THE TEXT, SUCH AS CHARTS, TABLES, ETC. DETERMINE THE SELECTED AUDIENCE OF THE TEXTDETERMINE IF THE TEXT REFLECTS A BIAS OR SEEMS FACTUAL AND IMPARTIALDETERMINE WHETHER THE INFORMATION IS WELL-RESEARCHED AND SUPPORTED BY EVIDENCEDETERMINE THE AUTHORS PERSPECTIVE DETERMINE WHETHER THE AUTHORS STANCE OF THE SUBJECT CONTRADICTS WITH THE LITERATURE AVAILABLE ON THE SUBJECTCOVERAGE: DETERMINE WHETHER THE TEXT SUPPORTS OTHER TEXTS OR PRESENTS NEW INFORMATION

  • DESCRIBE THE SUBJECT AND RELEVANCE OF THE TEXT TO THE DISCIPLINE AND THE AUTHORS CREDENTIALS OR AUTHORITY IN THE DISCIPLINEINCLUDE A BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE WORKS FORMAT AND CONTENTDESCRIBES THE SPECIFICITY OF THE WORK IN RELATION TO THE DISCIPLINEWHEN APPROPRIATE, IDENTIFY THE AUTHORS METHODOLOGY OR APPROACH TO THE MATERIAL IDENTIFY ANY THEORETICAL FRAMEWORK, THE CURRENCY OF THE AUTHORS ARGUMENT(S), EVIDENCED ADDRESSED, AND ANY CONCLUSION STATED BY THE AUTHOR, WHEN APPROPRIATE PROVIDE EVIDENCE THAT ESTABLISHES THE AUTHORS AUTHORITY IN THE FIELD OR DISCIPLINEINDICATE THE INTENDED AUDIENCE, IF APPROPRIATEMENTION THE PERSPECTIVE, ANY BIAS, OR MISCONCEPTIONS OF THE AUTHOR, AS WELL AS ANY LACK OF EVIDENCEDISCUSS THE MOST INTERESTING, SIGNIFICANT, OR NEW INFORMATION PRESENTED IN THE PUBLICATIONINCLUDE ANY SIGNIFICANT ADDITIONS TO THE TEXT, SUCH AS APPENDICES, CHARTS, TABLES OR AN ESPECIALLY SIGNIFICANT BIBLIOGRAPHYPROVIDE PERSONAL APPRAISAL OF THE SOURCE (EVALUATIVE AND CRITICAL)

  • DEMONSTRATE THAT YOU HAVE UNDERSTOOD THE CENTRAL ARGUMENT, THE PROVIDED EVIDENCE, AND THE RESULTS OR THE DISCUSSION OF THE PUBLICATIONCOMMENT ON THE VALUE AND EFFECTIVENESS OF THE TEXT IN RELATION TO YOUR OWN RESEARCH, THESIS, SUB-ARGUMENTS OR EVIDENCE, AND CONCLUSIONINDICATE ANY BIAS OR THE PERSPECTIVE OF THE AUTHOR AND IF YOU FEELS IT AFFECTS THE RELEVANCE OF THE TEXT TO YOUR DISCIPLINEMAY COMPARE SOURCE TO OTHER RESEARCH IN THE DISCIPLINECOMMENT ON THE VIABILITY OF THE SOURCE TO YOUR DISCIPLINE OR OTHER ISSUES CONCERNING THIS TOPIC

  • THE HEADING: MAY INCLUDE TITLE OF PUBLICATION, AUTHOR, PUBLISHER, PLACE OF PUBLICATION, DATE OF PUBLICATION, ISBN, PRICEINTRODUCTION: POSITION OF EMPHASIS, SETTING THE TONE OF THE BOOK REVIEWAN IDENTIFICATION OF THE BOOK BY AUTHOR AND TITLE, EVEN THOUGH ALREADY STATED IN THE HEADING.A BRIEF DESCRIPTION - NOT A SUMMARY - OF THE BOOKS CONTENTSNOTIFICATION OF THE BOOKS GENREA STATEMENT OF THE AUTHOR'S PURPOSE OR AUDIENCEA STATEMENT ABOUT THE TOPICALITY OF THE WORK OR ITS SIGNIFICANCEA COMPARISON OF THE WORK TO OTHERS BY THE SAME AUTHOR OR WITHIN THE SAME DISCIPLINEAN ASSESSMENT OF THE AUTHORS AUTHORITY/BIASESA COMMENT OF YOUR RESPONSE AND EVALUATION OF THE STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES OF THE PUBLICATION

  • (THE LENGTH OF THE MAIN BODY IS GENERALLY APPROXIMATELY 80% OF YOUR TOTAL WORD COUNT).THE MAIN BODY OF THE REVIEW SHOULD LOGICALLY DEVELOP YOUR CENTRAL ASSERTION AS ORGANIZED BY YOUR PREPARATION AND NOTES. THE AIM OF YOUR MAIN BODY SHOULD BE TOWARD LOGICAL DEVELOPMENT OF YOUR ASSERTION AND SHOULD INCLUDE: BACKGROUND INFORMATION: INCORPORATE THIS INTO THE EARLIER STAGES OF YOUR REVIEW TO HELP PLACE THE PUBLICATION IN CONTEXT AND, IF NECESSARY, FURTHER DISCUSS THE CRITERIA FOR JUDGING THE PUBLICATION. SUMMARY: SPEND SOME TIME SUMMARIZING THE MAIN POINTS OF THE BOOK, INCLUDING QUOTES AND PARAPHRASING KEY PHRASES FROM THE AUTHOR. QUOTED MATERIAL SHOULD BE PUT IN QUOTATION MARKS AND PROPERLY FOOTNOTED OR REFERENCED. MENTION IMPORTANT OR SIGNIFICANT SECTIONS IN THE PUBLICATION OR NEW INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THE PUBLICATION. CRITIQUE (EVALUATION): DISCUSS WHAT YOU AGREE AND DISAGREE WITH REGARDING THE AUTHORS MAIN ARGUMENTS OR PRESENTED EVIDENCE.FOCUS ON YOUR RESPONSE TO THE PUBLICATION AS WELL AS THE SIGNIFICANCE OR RELEVANCE TO THE DISCIPLINE, TO THE VIABILITY OF THE RESEARCH OR AS TO THE RESULTS OF THE STUDY

  • LIKE OTHER ESSAYS, BOOK REVIEWS USUALLY END WITH A CONCLUSION WHICH TIES TOGETHER ISSUES RAISED IN THE REVIEW AND PROVIDES A CONCISE COMMENT ON THE BOOK.THIS PARAGRAPH MAY SUM UP OR RESTATE YOUR MAIN POINTS AND EVALUATION OR MAY MAKE THE FINAL JUDGMENT REGARDING THE BOOK. NO NEW INFORMATION OR IDEAS SHOULD BE INTRODUCED IN THE CONCLUSION.

  • TO BE CONSIDERED A SCHOLARLY PUBLICATION, AND THUS PART OF THE SCHOLARLY DIALOGUE, YOUR BOOK REVIEW, ARTICLE, BOOK OR ESSAY MUST SATISFY THESE FOUR CRITERIA:

    IT MUST PRESENT NEW INSIGHTIT MUST BOTH BUILD ON EXISTING INSIGHT AND BE USABLE FOR FUTURE RESEARCH IN SOME WAYIT MUST BE ACCESSIBLE TO OTHER SCHOLARS, I.E. NEEDS TO BE PUBLISHED IN A JOURNAL, BOOK OR WEBSITEIT MUST BE SUBJECT TO A PEER REVIEWTHE JOURNAL OR PRESS IS RECOGNIZED AS SCHOLARLYREVIEW EDITOR OR GENERAL EDITOR SENDS THE ARTICLES TO OTHER SCHOLARS FOR REVIEW, PRIOR TO PUBLICATION

  • WRITING STYLE (SCHOLARLY & ACADEMIC STANDARD)THIRD PERSON SINGULAR USE LANGUAGE CONSISTENT WITH YOUR DISCIPLINEUSE CONCISE AND SPECIFIC LANGUAGE, DEVOID OF REDUNDANCY AND POPULAR LANGUAGEREVIEWS SHOULD CONFORM TO THE SAME TENSE AND LANGUAGEVERIFY THE USUAL WORD COUNT OF A REVIEW IN YOUR DISCIPLINE AND USE THAT AS A GUIDELINE FOR THE REVIEW

    ALLOW TIME TO ELAPSE FROM WHEN YOU WRITE THE REVIEW TO WHEN YOU REVISE THE REVIEWCHECK THE FORMATTING OF THE REVIEW AGAINST THE FORMATTING THAT THE PUBLISHING HOUSE USESMATCH THIS STYLE AND FORMATTINGREAD YOUR PAPER ALOUD TO CHECK FOR COHESION AND ERRORSDO NOT HESITATE TO RE-ORGANIZE OR MAKE MAJOR REVISIONS OF YOUR DRAFTLOOK FOR A LOGICAL FLOW BETWEEN YOUR ASSERTION AND EVALUATIONAVOID REDUNDANCYVERIFY QUOTATIONS AND FORMATTING OF YOUR REFERENCESBENEFIT FROM PEER-EDITING OR SUBMIT YOUR REVIEW TO THE WRITING CENTER PRIOR TO SUBMISSION

  • ABBREVIATIONSCAPITALIZATIONFOREIGN TERMSLISTSUNITS OF MEASUREMENTCURRENCYDATES AND TIMEQUOTATIONSPUNCTUATIONSPELLING

    GENDER NEUTRALITYNUMBERS AND SYMBOLSDOCUMENTATION SYSTEM: CMS, MLA, APA, HARVARD APA, ETC.REFERENCES FORMATMARGINS, FONT STYLE & SIZECAPITALIZATION, USE OF ITALICS & BOLD FACEPAGE LAYOUT: COLUMNSFORMAT OF THE REVIEW

  • WHAT ARE THE WORD LIMITS FOR THE REVIEW ITSELF OR FOR THE ABSTRACT PRIOR TO SUBMISSION?IS A PARTICULAR STYLE GUIDE OR DICTIONARY SPECIFIED?WHAT IS THE POLICY ON FOOTNOTES OR ENDNOTES?WHAT DOCUMENTATION SYSTEM IS USED?

    HARDCOPY OR ELECTRONIC SUBMISSION? IF HARDCOPY, HOW MANY COPIES SHOULD YOU PROVIDE?WHAT SIZE PAPER (A4 OR 8.5 X 11)? MARGINS?WHAT SHOULD THE TITLE INCLUDE?WHERE DOES THE BOOK INFORMATION APPEAR?IS A SHORT BIOGRAPHY OF THE REVIEWER NECESSARY?

  • Coutts, Henry. A Concise Guide to Writing a Critical Book Review. Uni