Book Review Guidelines

A resource for readers, writers, and reviewers I am working on are transparent guidelines around the types of texts that we publish. You can find them here and soon, on the TETYC NCTE page:

Book Review Guidelines

Teaching English in the Two-Year College (TETYC) welcomes reviews of new and recently released scholarly books, textbooks, DVDs, websites, and other media of interest to teachers of English in two-year colleges.

Reviewers should make themselves familiar with published reviews in past issues of TETYC (as well as other publications).  In general, a review should answer the questions below though not necessarily in the order they are here presented.   When a reader is finished, she should have a good understanding of the issues suggested by these questions.   Please note that these questions are meant as suggestions only—reviewers should use their best judgment.   Not all questions need necessarily be addressed. Reviews should be limited to around 750 words.

  • What is the work and what is it “about” (and what is its form, if not a single-authored book on a single topic)?
  • Would you recommend this book to other teachers?  To whom and why?  To what degree?
  • What does this work “do” in the field of current scholarship and publications?  For example, does it break new ground, add to existing knowledge, change our understanding of a concept or theory?
  • How does it do it?  That is, is the work original research, narrative, case studies, a combination, or what?
  • How is the work structured and what are the key points?
  • What are the strengths of the work for English faculty in two-year colleges?
  • What are the weaknesses?

Note: Occasionally, TETYC will publish special “Cross-Talk” reviews, mainly by invitation.  These are of two types:

  • Cross-Talk I: Two 750-1000 word reviews plus up to a 100-word response by author.
  • Cross-Talk II: Two 750-word reviews, two 250-word responses by reviewers, one 750-word response by author.



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