Academic journal book reviews appear at the end of many scientific journals allowing readers ‘to keep abreast of new publications they may wish to acquire and provide a forum for the peer review of new theories and ideas’ (Spink et al., 1998, p. 364).
Perhaps you were persuaded by that column and agree that writing academic book reviews is an excellent way of making a contribution in service to the profession. If so, I thank you. But perhaps you are also a junior scholar, unsure of where to start. That would be entirely understandable. Like many academic practices, book reviews can seem like an insider’s game -- those who already understand the unwritten rules play frequently, while those who do not are all too often never invited in. This column, therefore, aims to demystify the process with a basic how-to guide for writing academic book reviews and getting them published.
Guide to Academic Book Reviews - YouTube
It’s important to start this academic book review with the state-of-play, as it regards to Michael Jackson biographies. First of all, although Jackson continues to be a behemoth of influence and popular culture, dance and music, the ground remains remarkably thin on reliable biographies for academics and researchers to consult, with any sense of confidence.