Guidelines for reviewers
The Marx and
Philosophy Review of Books attempts to be useful to a wide
range of readers. Reviews should be written in a style which corresponds to
- The review should provide an account of the book
as a whole, not just of one part or aspect. It should begin with a brief
overall characterization of the book so that readers can tell quickly if they
are interested in reading the entire review.
- The review should situate the book in its field
of problems, so that uninitiated readers can find their way about.
- It should give an evaluation of at least some
key aspects of the book and not merely provide a summary. Give reasons for
evaluations, particularly negative ones.
- The review should relate the book to the
interests of the Marx
and Philosophy Review of Books:
namely, the area of Marxism and philosophy, interpreted broadly as regards both
'Marxism' and 'philosophy'.
- Avoid foreign terms or phrases where possible.
Do not use footnotes or endnotes. Ensure that every word earns its space.
- The reviewer should bear in mind their
responsibility to the authors under review.
The Review should start with a Header specifying details of the book(s)
- Names of the author(s) or editor(s) as given on the title page.
- The title (and subtitle, if any) as on the title
- Bibliographical details: publisher, place(s) and
date of publication, number of pages, and price of paperback or hardback in
sterling and/or US dollars.
- ISBN-13 of the edition reviewed: numerals only,
no spaces or hyphens.
- Your name as reviewer as you wish it to appear.
This information should be formatted as in the following examples:
The Challenge and
Burden of Historical Time: Socialism in the Twenty-first Century
Monthly Review Press, New York, 2008. 480pp., $29.95 pb.
Andrew Chitty, and Martin Mcivor (eds)
Karl Marx and
Palgrave Macmillan, London, 2009. 288pp., £50 hb.
Reviewed by: Your Name
The Text of the Review
- Left justify all text. Use single spaces between
- Do not indent first lines of paragraphs.
- Do not separate paragraphs with blank lines (use `paragraph spacing’ to add extra
space if desired).
- Do not use section headings or sub-headings.
- Use an n-dash and single spaces to separate
clauses ( – ); use a hyphen for joining words or numbers: e.g., other-worldly,
- Page references from the book under review
should be given by themselves in parentheses in the text: e.g., (34-5).
- Do not use any footnotes or endnotes.
- Avoid references to other works if possible. If
you include them use the Harvard (author?date) system (see the Style Sheet for further details).
more detailed guidance on referencing and other matters of format and style see
the Style Sheet.
the very end of the review (after References, if any) include a brief
biographical description (up to 50 words), and your email address if you wish.
John Smith is studying for a PhD on Marx’s Theory
of Alienation at Some University (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Joanna Jones is Lecturer in Philosophy at
Footlights College, Oxbridge. She works on Marxism and ethics.
If you have previously done a review, please inform the editor if you are
updating your details.
- Reviews should be submitted as email attachments
in either MS Word (.doc or .docx) or .rtf format, to the editor, Sean Sayers.
- Reviews are normally between 1200 and 2500 words
long. Try to keep to the suggested length and deadline. Inform the editor if
your review is going to be significantly delayed or much different in length.
are accepted for the Marx
and Philosophy Review of Books on the understanding that the
material in them is not also published elsewhere.
- All reviews are subject to editorial scrutiny
and are accepted only after they have passed this.
- Material appearing in The Marx and Philosophy Review of
Books may be reproduced for non-commercial use provided
proper credit is given to the author and The Marx and Philosophy Review of
Books. See foot of reviews for Creative Commons
Revised: 8 December 2016