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Guidelines for Contributors of Book Reviews


To submit an invited book review: The online submission portal for the journal may be found at

The ASAP book review section includes reviews of recently published books and other media which are likely to be of interest to SPSSI members and the broader community of behavioral and social scientists concerned with policy issues. Reviews include thematic essays, typically incorporating discussion of several books, as well as reviews of single volumes.

Though all reviews are written by invitation, readers interested in reviewing books on particular topics are encouraged to contact the book review editor, preferably via email, Joel T. Nadler,

Guidelines for Book Reviews

Reviews should include a description of the goals of the work(s) under review and an assessment of the adequacy with which those goals have been met. The intended audience and, if different, the appropriate audience, should be noted. The review should pay particular attention to the relevance of the work(s) to the SPSSI membership.

Reviewers are encouraged to be frank, recognizing limitations as well as strengths of the works under review. Reviews should stand on their own as informative essays, should avoid technical jargon and acronyms, and should be intelligible and coherent to the broad base of psychologists, social scientists, and policy makers that make up ASAP's intended readership. Finally, reviews should be timely.

The typical review of a single work (book, monograph, etc.) will be between 400 and 1,000 words. Thematic reviews of multiple works may be substantially longer.

Reviews should be preceded by the appropriate bibliographic information, i.e., author(s), title, publisher, year,   ISBN and retail price. Following the review, authors should include a self-description, typically no more than   30 words in length. Authors must also include an email address to be published with the review.

Publishers should submit copies of books for review consideration to:

Joel T. Nadler, Ph.D.
Department of Psychology
Box 1121
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Edwardsville, IL 62026-1121
(618) 650-3347