Guidelines for Book Reviewers

The AJA seeks reviews that assess a book’s strengths and weaknesses and locate it within the current field of scholarship. A review should not simply be a listing of contents, though its overall organization and emphasis are up to the individual reviewer. Reviewers should avoid lists of minor imperfections (e.g., misplaced commas) but should not hesitate to draw attention to serious editorial problems and errors of fact or interpretation. It is also helpful if reviewers indicate for which audiences and libraries the book seems appropriate. The Book Review Editors reserve the right to edit for content and length. Examples of reviews in recent issues of the AJA may serve as models, and reviewers should read the editorial statement regarding reviews in AJA 116 (2012) 3–4.

In January 2010, the AJA began publishing all book reviews and some review articles exclusively on its website as open access files. Each review is tied to a specific issue of the print-published journal and is included in the table of contents of that issue. Select review articles continue to be published in the printed journal.

Those who wish to become reviewers should contact the Book Review Editors and provide a CV.

Book Review Submission

  • A book review or review article should be submitted to the Book Review Editors at bookreviews@aia.bu.edu. A review should be submitted as an MS Word file, should be typed double-spaced in 12-point Times New Roman font with 1-inch margins on all sides, and should conform as much as possible to AJA review format and style.
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  • A book review or review article will not be accepted and scheduled for publication until a signed author warranty has been received.
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  • Once a book review or review article has been accepted for publication, it will be copyedited, typeset, and proofread. The AJA will communicate with the reviewer during the copyediting stage; page proofs will then be emailed to the reviewer with instructions for making any final corrections. While the reviewer may clarify or modify page proofs in minor ways, no major revisions are permitted. Corrected proofs should be returned within one week of receipt.
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  • One complimentary PDF reprint of a review article that appears in the print-published journal is given to the reviewer, who can also purchase hard copy reprints. Authors of online reviews can print copies of their review directly from the AJA website.

Book Review Format and Style

  • Each review should be preceded by a heading listing the book to be reviewed, number of pages and figures, publisher, year of publication, price (if available), and ISBN:
    • The Mediterranean from 50,000 to 25,000 BP: Turning Points and New Directions
    • Edited by Marta Camps and Carolyn Szmidt. Pp. xxii + 354, figs. 135, tables 34, maps 15. Oxbow, Oxford 2009. $160. ISBN 978-1-842170314-5 (cloth).
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    • The 2003 Excavations at Tol-e Baši, Iran: Social Life in a Neolithic Village
    • By Susan Pollock, Reinhard Bernbeck, and Kamyar Abdi (Archäologie in Iran und Turan 10). Pp. ix + 324, figs. 223, tables 134. Philipp von Zabern, Mainz 2010. €49.90. ISBN 978-3-8053-4261-2 (cloth).
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    • Excavations by K.M. Kenyon in Jerusalem 1961–1967. Vol. 5, Discoveries in Hellenistic to Ottoman Jerusalem: Centenary Volume. Kathleen M. Kenyon 1906–1978
    • By Kay Prag (Levant Suppl. 7). Pp. xviii + 518, figs. 253, pls. 32, tables 20, plans 22, map 1. Oxbow, Oxford 2008. $150. ISBN 978-1-84217-304-6 (cloth).
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    • The Archaeology of Tomb A1K1 of Orthi Petra in Eleutherna: The Early Iron Age Pottery
    • By Antonis Kotsonas. Pp. 397, figs. 74, color pls. 6, tables 3, graphs 17. University of Crete, Athens 2008. Price not available. ISBN 978-960-88394-6-5 (paper).
  • Reviewer Information

  • Reviewers should supply their name and mailing and email addresses at the end of the review. The Book Review Editors should be informed if page proofs should be sent to another email address.
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  • References

  • Notes and lists of works cited may be used only in review articles. References in single book reviews should be kept to a minimum and incorporated into the text itself, as follows:
    • The numerous compartment seals suggest that they were in use locally and not just as imports (660).
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    • In his discussion of Julius Caesar (ch. 4), Arafat suggests that Pausanias viewed Caesar’s refoundation of Corinth as the introduction to Greece of a large-scale and permanent Roman presence.
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    • The equivocal nature of the archaeological remains cries for a more theoretically grounded approach, perhaps through ethnographic comparanda along the lines of The Archaeology of Rank (P.K. Wason [Cambridge 1994]).
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    • For the earlier period he points in particular to the apsidal houses and the incised pottery at the Altis site at Olympia, which Rutter (“A Group of Distinctive Pattern-Decorated Early Helladic III Pottery from Lerna and Its Implications,” Hesperia 51 [1982] 459–88) has identified as belonging to the early EH III.
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    • Ryholt (The Political Situation in Egypt During the Second Intermediate Period, c. 1800–1550 B.C. [Copenhagen 1997] 104–5) has offered a different perspective on the palace.
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    • Smith (“My Opinion,” in F. Thomas, ed., A Series of Arguments [New York 1999]) offers a different perspective.