Sociology of Sport Journal Guidelines for Book Reviewers
The Sociology of Sport Journal is committed to publishing reviews of recent books that contribute to the sociology of sport or related fields. In most cases reviews will be solicited by the Book Review Editor. Scholars who are interested in reviewing for the Journal should contact the Book Review Editor to indicate their areas of expertise. The current editor is:
Dr. Mary Louise Adams
School of Kinesiology and Health Studies
28 Division Street
Canada K7L 3N6
Completed reviews should be submitted by email to MLA1@queeensu.ca.
The Sociology of Sport Journal follows the guidelines of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Fifth Edition, 2001. Reviews should be approximately 1500 - 1800 words. The text, including quotes and bibliographic information, should be typed double-spaced. Bibliographic information for the book should be placed at the top of the review in the following format:
By Author(s). Publisher, year of publication, location of publisher.
Reviewed by: Reviewer, institutional affiliation, location.
For example:Body Panic: Gender, Health and the Selling of Fitness
By Shari Dworkin and Faye Wachs. New York University Press, 2009, New York, NY.
Reviewed by: Cheryl Cooky, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN.
Please avoid footnotes and try to keep references to a minimum.Submit your review exactly as you wish to see it in print. Check for the correct spelling of proper names. Check quotations for accuracy and make sure to provide page numbers for them.
A good review provides description and analysis and attempts to situate a book in a larger context. You will want to describe the author’s central argument, intent or goal and the author’s approach to the subject. Please avoid a chapter-by-chapter listing of themes. You might want to contextualize the text by situating it in relationship to the author’s previous works, to debates in the broader culture or to relevant literatures. Your analysis of the book could include a discussion of what makes it unique, its strengths and weaknesses, the implications of its arguments, its relationship to other texts. You could also comment on the book’s potential impact on the field or on a specific area of study, theoretical approach or methodology. Illustrate your points with examples from the text. First-time reviewers are encouraged to read reviews that have appeared in past issues of the Journal.
The submission of a review confirms that the review has not and will not appear elsewhere in published form.
Book reviews will be received and edited by the Book Review Editor. Reviewers should note that the solicitation of a book review or the offer to consider an unsolicited review does not guarantee publication in the Sociology of Sport Journal. Reviewers may be asked by the Book Review Editor to revise their reviews. The Book Review Editor makes recommendations for acceptance of reviews to the Senior Editor of the Journal. The Senior Editor makes all final decisions about what will appear in the Journal.