General Guidelines for 
Writing and Submitting Book Reviews

Reviews of all books, regardless of publication year, are sought for this section. In order to foster diverse points of view, InTRO will consider publishing multiple and dissenting reviews of the same book. Books that relate specifically to the field of Instructional Technology will be given first consideration. Books may be theoretical or practical in nature. Reviews may be of multiple journal articles relating to the same topic area. However, if you are considering submitting to us an exhastive review of literature, we recommend submitting that to the Research Section of InTRO.

Book reviews should be submitted electronically to Marshall G. Jones (mgjones@niu.edu), the Book Review Editor. Reviews should be brief, no longer than 1,250 words. The review should be a critical analysis of the book, and not merely a summary. While the review need not contain side headings for the following, they should address the following issues:

  • The book's title, and complete reference in APA format.
  • Your name
  • Your work/school affiliation
  • Your email address (if you would like people to get in touch with you)
  • Summary (about a paragraph or two)
  • Critical analysis of the book
  • Strengths of the book
  • Weaknesses of the book
  • Lessons from the book to be applied to the field
  • Recommendation of the book to others (Would you or wouldn¼t you and why?)
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