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Guidelines for Book Reviewers

The AJA seeks reviews that assess a book’s strengths and weaknesses, as well as locating it within the current field of scholarship. A reviewer’s assessment of the novelty of the author’s argument is often valuable for AJA readers. It is also helpful if reviewers indicate for which audiences and libraries the book seems appropriate. Reviews should not contain a list of contents or summarize a book, though overall organization and emphasis should be considered. Please avoid lists of minor imperfections (e.g., misplaced commas), but do not hesitate to draw attention to serious editorial problems and errors of fact or interpretation. A Book Review Editorial was published in AJA 121.1 (2017).

In January 2010, the AJA began publishing all book reviews and some review articles exclusively on AJA Open Access. 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 Editor and provide a CV.

Book Review Submission

A book review or review article should be submitted to the Book Review Editor at 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.

A maximum of two figures may be submitted with a book review or an online-only review article. (The AJA does not accept figures for print-published review articles.) Figures should be sized between 500 x 500 pixels and 1000 x 1000 pixels x 72 dpi; acceptable file types include .tif, .jpg, .eps, .bmp, and .ai.  Figures will be embedded within the published review and so will be available for public download.  

A book review or review article will not be accepted and scheduled for publication until a signed author warranty and written permission to reproduce any copyrighted figures have been received.

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.

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 AJA Open Access.

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).

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).

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).

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

At the end of each review, reviewers are required to supply their name and requested to provide an institutional affiliation, full mailing address, and email address. 


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).

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.

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]).

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.

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.

Smith (“My Opinion,” in F. Thomas, ed., A Series of Arguments [New York 1999]) offers a different perspective.