AE’s Book Review Editor invites scholars to review books. The journal does not accept unsolicited or volunteered book reviews.
Book review manuscripts should be a maximum of 1000 words, in 12-point font, double-spaced, with one-inch margin on all sides. Reviews should not require notes, and usually no citations. If you do cite the work of others in the review, cite no more than two sources, and use the same format as for articles in the journal. Number every page. Save the manuscript as a Word document.
Follow the 2009 AAA Style Guide, which is available at http://www.aaanet.org/publications/guidelines.cfm and on this website in the section on Manuscript Submission Guidelines (under “For Contributors”). AAA uses The Chicago Manual of Style and Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary. Where no rule is present in the AAA guide, follow The Chicago Manual of Style. In Webster’s, use the first spelling if there is a choice and use American (rather than British) spellings.
Please send the book review manuscript as an attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org If you are using Microsoft Word 2007, please save your document as a .doc file and not as a .docx file. You may have to use the “save as” function in order to do this. Please include publication data for the book at the top of the first page, using punctuation as follows: Title of the Book. Author’s Name. Place of publication: Publisher, date of publication. # of pages. ISBN.
Reviewer’s name and affiliation data should follow on the next line, as in this example:
Gifts: A Study in Comparative Law. Richard Hyland. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009. 708 pp.
JANE I. GUYER
Johns Hopkins University
In general the most useful reviews address an audience that includes anthropologists who are not area experts, provide a sketch of the strengths of the book, and indicate some sense of potential readership. The editor reserves the right to request revisions, copy-edit, and proofread all articles accepted for publication.