Book Review Guidelines

Information & Culture: A Journal of History publishes online reviews of current books relating to the history of information as broadly conceived. Book reviewers should be prepared to comment on the work under review from this perspective. This is particularly important when the work is not devoted solely to those subjects within the journal's scope.

Reviewers should first browse the books available for review and then e-mail a request to reviews@ischool.utexas.edu. (If you have not previously written a review for I&C, please include a CV and a writing sample.) You will be contacted regarding an assignment and deadline.

The journal welcomes suggestions for books to review; please specify whether or not you would like to be the reviewer. (Please note that suggested books occasionally are assigned to other reviewers.) Books for review should be primarily about information or information technology and should primarily use an historical approach.

Manuscript Guidelines

  • 500-1,000 words in length
  • MS Word document in Times New Roman 12-point font
  • Text should follow The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition
  • Double-spaced, including long quotations and endnotes
  • One-inch margins on all sides
  • Page numbers in the upper right margin
  • All copy aligned left; do not justify
  • Paragraphs indented five spaces with a single tab
  • No extra space between paragraphs
  • One space only after each period mark
  • Include page numbers (in parentheses) for all quotations from the book being reviewed. For other works cited, include author's complete name(s), title, publisher, and place and date of publication.
  • Endnotes may be used for unusually long bibliographical references or for incidental explanatory points that, in the judgment of the reviewer, would seriously interrupt the continuity of the text. Endnotes should appear on a separate page and should conform to “Humanities Style” in The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition.
  • Include the first name and/or initial(s) of all persons in the first reference.
  • Use the full title of an organization in the first reference, with acronym in parentheses. Acronyms may be used in all subsequent references.
  • List your name and institutional affiliation, or city, at the end of the review.

Submission

  • On a separate page, provide your name, e-mail address, mailing address, and phone number.
  • Manuscripts should be received by the deadline assigned. Please notify us if you cannot meet the deadline. If reviews are received past the deadline, the editor may decline to publish the review.
  • E-mail the manuscript as an MS Word attachment to reviews@ischool.utexas.edu.

Reviews will be published in the New Reviews section of the Information & Culture website soon after receipt. Reviews may be edited for clarity or to meet space limitations. A review may be declined for publication if the editor determines it does not reflect the quality of writing and scholarly reflection the journal requires of published reviews.