Book Reviews - Guidelines


  • The review should not exceed 1,200 words in length (unless discussed with the editor).
  • It should be single-spaced, 12-pt, Times New Roman font with one-inch justified margins.
  • The heading of the review should follow this style:

Book Review

In And Out Of Crisis: The Global Financial Meltdown and Left Alternatives, by Greg Albo, Sam Gindin and Leo Panitch. Oakland, California: Spectre PM Press, 2010. $13.95 U.S., paper. ISBN: 978-1-60486-212-6. Pages: 1-140.

Reviewed by Name [with a footnote briefly identifying author affiliation, biographical information and emal]


 Expectations and Standards

No substantive changes will be made without your approval, although we do reserve the right to make cuts to reviews that exceed the maximum length of 1,200 words.

Because Alternate Routes is a critical, interdisciplinary journal with a diverse readership, we ask our reviewers to write for a broad and international audience, and to avoid specialized jargon. The reviewer is expected to discuss:

  • The intended audience for the book and who would find it useful
  • The main ideas and major objectives of the book and how effectively these are accomplished
  • The soundness of methods and information sources used
  • The context or impetus for the book - political controversy, theory, etc
  • Constructive comments about the strength and weaknesses of the book

Please note: While book reviews are occasionally accepted ‘as is’, revisions are often necessary before a final publication decision can be made.

Once a book is requested you are agreeing to submit a review by the said date or cover the costs associated with a replacement in the event that you cannot complete one. If, for any reason, you cannot complete the book review you are expected to return the book to the address below in the condition in which you received it.

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