Book Review Submit
Book Review Submission Guidelines
Reviews should be sent to the book review editor in an attached Microsoft Word file via the submission link at the top of this page.
Review Process Timeline
The initial review process can take between one to three months from the time of submission. If a submission requires revisions, the review process may take an additional one to two months from the time of resubmission.
Types of Submissions
The Journal encourages two kinds of submissions, unsolicited and solicited:
Unsolicited reviewers select their own materials to review.
Solicited reviewers are contacted and asked to review materials from the Journal s current list of available materials. If you would like to be considered as a solicited reviewer, please forward your CV with a list of publications to the book review editor via this submission page.
The Asian EFL Journal accepts reviews of published professional books, textbooks, and course materials dealing with theory or practice in the fields of second language teaching, acquisition, assessment, linguistics, and related disciplines.
Reviews should be of materials that have been published within the last three years.
Reviews should be of materials reviewers would like to suggest to colleagues in the field (e.g. materials reviewers feel have more positive features than negative ones).
Length and Format
Reviews should conform to the following length and format guidelines:
Reviews should be between 600-900 words in length.
Reviews should be prepared using Microsoft Word. The text should be left justified and use 12 pica New Times Roman font, 1.5 spacing between lines, and 1 inch margins.
The complete title of the text, name(s) of author(s), publisher, publisher’s address (city & state), date of publication, and page numbers should be included at the top of the first page. Please follow this example:
Practice in a Second Language: Perspectives from Applied Linguistics and Cognitive Psychology
Robert DeKeyser. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007. Pp. ix + 321.
The reviewer(s)’ full name(s), school affiliation, and school location should be included at the top of the first page immediately below the title of the text. Please follow this example:
Reviewed by Jim Bameâ€¨Utah State Universityâ€¨Utah, USA
While creativity and a variety of writing styles are encouraged, reviews, like other types of articles, should be concisely written and contain certain information that follows a predictable order:
A statement about the material s intended audience
A nonevaluative description of the material’s contents
An academically worded evaluative summary which includes a discussion of its positive features
One or two shortcomings if applicable (no materials are perfect) and a comment about the material’s significance to the field
Reviewers are encouraged to peruse reviews recently published in the quarterly PDF version of the Journal for content, organization, and style before writing their own.
Reviews should follow three style guidelines:
Reviews should conform to current APA guidelines.
Reviews should use plural nouns rather than gendered pronouns such as he/she, his/her him/her and adhere to the APA’s Guidelines for Non-Sexist Use of Language. A helpful guide can be found at http://www.apa.udel.edu/apa/publications/texts/nonsexist.html.
References should be used sparingly.
Important Statements to Include
Reviewers should attach two items to the end of their reviews:
A statement that the submission has not been previously published or is not being considered for publication elsewhere.
A brief biography of the author(s).
Things to Do Before Submitting the Review
Reviewers should compare their reviews against the submission guidelines and proofread their submissions. Having a colleague do the same is also a good idea as reviews that meet the submission guidelines and are well proofed help speed the publication process.
Reviews will be considered on the basis of the submissions guidelines described above. Reviews which are accepted may be revised by the editing staff for length, clarity, and style.
Resubmissions and Future Submissionsâ€¨
The Journal is always pleased to accept reviews from our colleagues in the field. Unfortunately, however, we cannot accept all submissions. Please do not be discouraged if your review is rejected. Some well-written reviews are rejected because they do not meet the submission guidelines. Others may need revision before they can be published, and resubmissions are encouraged. If, however, a review cannot be accepted, authors are always strongly encouraged to make future submissions.