Reviewing: Start to Finish

Choosing a book: Simply said, you should choose a book that interests you from the list provided and then read it. Choose a book that is available for review.  Remember if you choose a book that you feel strongly about, then reading it for review shouldn't be a chore. If you receive a book you just can't 'get into' return it to the Executive Office as soon as possible.

If you would like to review a book not currently listed, please the NACADA Book Review Editor(s) at for review authorization.  Realize that some titles not on the list are already with reviewers. In other cases review copies of books have not been provided by publishers; in these cases potential reviewers will need to acquire their own copy of the book.

Accepting a book: By accepting a book reviewers agree to the following policy:

A book is provided, upon request, to NACADA members to review for the Journal. The book is provided free and remains as property of the reviewer when the review is accepted for publication. A review prepared according to the book review guidelines is expected to be submitted to the NACADA Book Review Editor(s) within three months. If this time frame cannot be met, the reviewer has three options:

  • negotiate a deadline extension with the Editor
  • return the book
  • pay replacement costs for the book plus a $10 handling charge.

Requesting a book: NACADA members wishing to review a book should send their requests via e-mail to: the NACADA Book Review Editor(s), at Books are sent via UPS so you will need to provide a street address, building and room number (where applicable) where you would like the book sent.  If you would like to review a book not currently listed, contact the NACADA Book Review Editor. 

Submit Reviews: via e-mail to

Place the book review number, (BkRev #) in the subject line of the e-mail. The book review number is listed at the top of the invoice accompanying the book. Single space the review in Arial font with 10 point type with one inch margins and left justified. Submit the review in Word as a .doc (not .docx) file. If Word is unavailable then submit your review as a text file (.txt) after contacting the book review editor at the email listed above.

The heading of all reviews should take the following form: BkRev #. Title of the book. (date of publication). Author(s) first and last name. City of Publication: Publisher. xx pp. Price $ xx. ISBN number, and URL where book information can be found. Find this material on the book invoice.
Next, identify yourself at the end of the review using the following format:

  • Reviewer name
  • Department
  • Institution (and location, if appropriate)
  • Reviewer e-mail address

Reviewers receive an e-mail confirmation when the review is received. Reviewers not receiving a confirmation within three working days should assume that the review was not received and re-send the review.

Copyright Issues:

In submitting the review, the author agrees to the following stipulations. The reviewer guarantees that the review is original and accurate and does not infringe on any copy right or proprietary right of others.  In the event of such claim, action or proceeding instituted against the author as a result of an alleged violation of such right, NACADA will be held harmless.
The reviewer grants and assigns to NACADA full and exclusive rights to publish the review.  Publication will be contingent on the submission of a completed work that, in form and content, is worthy of publication.  The author grants NACADA the right to copy edit, print, and reprint the review. The author understand that expenses incurred in writing the review will not be reimbursed by NACADA.

Editing the Review:

Once the review is received it will be edited by the Book Review Editor(s) to fit the Journal's format and style. For each review, there is the same goal: not just to correct grammar, but tighten writing (no run on sentences or ideas) and organize the article to best speak to our wide audience of readers. Some reviews require little editing, others a great deal. Some reviewers fear the editing process but don't worry as the editor(s) make suggestions and reviewers have the opportunity to accept or reject these suggestions.

Once the edit is complete reviewers receive the edited review back for final approval. At this time reviewers will have one last opportunity to edit for content. When an edited version is agreed upon, the review is posted to the Journal website and the URL is shared with the reviewer. At this point the book becomes the reviewer's property.

Review Posted:

Book reviews are posted to the Journal's Web site and referenced in an upcoming print issue of the Journal. Reviewers are sent the URL for their posted review and are asked to supply contact information for an administrator of choice. This administrator receives an e-letter announcing the publication of the review and the reviewer is copied.