Rules for reviewing for the SCJ
  1. Follow the format used in the Journal: Title, Author. Place of Publication: Publisher. Year. Number of pages. Price. ISBN.
  2. Directly under the bibliographic information, skip a line and place your own name and institutional affiliation.

  3. PLEASE MEET THE DEADLINE SET FOR YOUR REVIEW. If you cannot meet it, notify the book review editor immediately via fax, e-mail, or phone. Authors of books and our readers value quick turn-arounds. We aim to review a book within 16 months of its publication.

  4. The Journal uses Chicago Manual of Style, 15th Edition and Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, 11th Edition for writing and spelling standards.

  5. Please stay within the word limit assigned. If your review significantly exceeds the word limit, it will be edited to the assigned length for you.

  6. Please submit your review electronically via e-mail message or as an e-mail attachment to, or, or If we have transmission problems, then we may ask for a hard copy or diskette.

  7. Your review will be copy edited.

  8. If there are no concerns with the content of a review, then page proofs will be sent to the reviewer after 12 weeks. Please proof for typos only; substantive changes to the page proofs multiply the possibility of errors.

  9. If your address changes, please inform the Book Review Office (BRO). We prefer institutional to home addresses because they change less frequently.

  10. If you decide against reviewing a book, please return it to the BRO. The failure to do so will rob an author and colleague of their chance for peer review.

  11. Here are some common styles conventions that will aid in reviewing: (a) use a serial comma (e.g., x,y, and z); (b) all occurrences of chapter, book, part, tome, volume, etc. should be lower case unless it is the first word of a sentence—any number that follows should be arabic; (c) spell out all numbers under 101 except if they follow those words identified in 11b or precede a % sign; (d) use double instead of single quotation marks; (e) please use the em-dash over --; (f) italicize foreign words not placed within quotation marks unless they are italicized in the original instance; (g) dates should appear as day month year (e.g., 18 February 2004); (h) spell out centuries, and when using a specific century as a modifier, please use a hyphen (e.g., sixteenth-century printers); (i) please capitalize the following words: Renaissance, Reformation, Counter-Reformation, Middle Ages, and Baroque; do not capitalize medieval, do not capitalize or hyphenate early modern.


Gary G. Gibbs, Book Review Editor

Whitney A.M. Leeson and James M. Ogier, Associate Book Review Editors

Sixteenth Century Journal Book Review Office
Department of History
221 College Lane
Roanoke College
Salem VA 24153-3794

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