Guidelines for Reviewers

BMCR accepts any American or European style for references and punctuation. However, we do ask that you italicize all book and journal titles both in your text and notes, and please follow the more specific instructions below.

Please send your review or response of no more than 2000 words (including text and footnotes) as Word email attachment (.docx or .doc)  to bmcr@bmcreview.org within four months. Reviews or responses that are too long or do not follow these formatting guidelines will be returned for revision. Once we’ve received your review, it should be published within three months; if it is not, ask us why. See below for a note on our editorial process.

Clifford Ando and Camilla MacKay
bmcr@bmcreview.org

Formatting (please note that we no longer ask for the “old” BMCR formatting with tags)

Heading (ignore this section if you are writing a response to a review)

—In the heading, please include the citation from our email commissioning your review (don’t worry about formatting; this is only to identify your review)
—Please give YOUR name, institution, and email address.
—Please check Google Books for a Preview or Full View of the book (we do not include Google Books pages with no preview). If a preview or full view exists, insert a link in the review: Preview.
—Please include the full table of contents in the body of the review for volumes of collected studies (indicate this with “Authors and titles are listed at the end of the review.”), whether or not there is a Google Books link. Including the authors and chapter titles in the review itself will help in discoverability of the review online.
—Links to publishers’ websites with tables of contents or previews may be used in exceptional cases, but are less desirable than Google previews because the URLs may not be stable and, because we do not consistently provide such links, they may be perceived as advertisements for the publisher. However, please include any links to open access books.

Review or Response Body

Your text should be a Word document with a single line break after each paragraph. We no longer require any tagging of text for formatting or hyperlinks. Please use formatting for desired font styles (italics, bold, etc.), but refrain from using paragraph and document formatting or styles. The simpler your document is, the easier it is for us. Endnotes must be embedded using Word and should no longer be listed in the text at the end of your review.

—Use any American or European style for references and punctuation, but italicize all book and journal titles both in your text and notes. Italicize by formatting the text; do not use tags. (NB: change from old instructions)
—Please do not abbreviate names of authors.
—Please use one paragraph break between paragraphs, and do not use tabs to indent paragraphs (NB: change from old instructions)
—Use embedded footnotes in Word (the “insert footnote” option).
—Any formatting is fine: superscript, bold, italics, etc., and hyperlinks can be inserted anywhere in your text (highlight the text you’ll link to, and insert a hyperlink using Word) (NB: change from old instructions).
—Reviews need not be simple text only; we will be able to allow a limited number of illustrations. If you would like to include an image or a table, please let us know.
—Please do not include page number ranges for chapters or sections; they can be included where important to the review.

Content

We expect that reviews will have:

—a brief summary of the book’s content and purpose, indicating its major sections;
—an assessment of the argument and the use of evidence;
—a discussion of its place in current scholarship, i.e., aspects of the book which the reviewer thinks are important and innovative or of doubtful success or value;
—notice of factual errors and their gravity (presentation or appearance should generally be ascribed to the press, and content to the author).

We expect that reviews will not have:

—ad hominem arguments;
—longwindedness or excessive detail (you’re judging the author’s case, not re-making it);
—excessive quotation, either of the book or of primary sources;
—attacks for not being the book you would have written.
—For collected essays, since it will often be impossible within the assigned word limit to discuss all contributions one by one, we recommend beginning with an overview of the book with a summary evaluation, and then discussing some interesting, outstanding, or problematic contributions.

Editorial Process

When your review is submitted, it will be read by two editors (usually an associate editor and a member of the editorial board with expertise in the subject). These two editors read reviews for content and for grammar, spelling, and typos. Reviews that require minimal correction (typos or spelling) are not returned to the reviewers before publication. Reviews are returned to reviewers only if substantive changes are needed. While every effort is made to work with reviewers to improve problematic reviews, reviews are occasionally rejected on the recommendation of the associate editor, with the agreement of the senior editors. Reviews are normally published within one to two months of receipt, but please allow three months before contacting us (and at that point, please do contact us if your review has not been published or if you have not heard from us).

Self-Archiving Policy

Authors retain copyright in their reviews, and are welcome to archive copies of their reviews on their own or institutional websites or repositories. We prefer that authors archive the final version of the review (the review we published), and include the link for the review on this website.

Statement on Publication Ethics

Bryn Mawr Classical Review is committed to upholding the highest standards of publication ethics and takes all possible measures against any publication malpractices. All authors submitting reviews to BMCR for publication as original articles attest that the submitted works represent their own contributions and have not been copied or plagiarized in whole or in part from other works. The authors acknowledge that they have disclosed all and any actual or potential conflicts of interest with their work or partial benefits associated with it. BMCR is committed to objective and fair peer review of the works submitted for publication and to the prevention of any actual or potential conflict of interests between the editorial and review personnel and the reviewed authors. Any departures from the above-defined rules should be reported directly to the senior editors, who are committed to providing swift resolutions to such problems.

[A note on reviews of books by, or edited by, BMCR editors, or containing contributions by BMCR editors: BMCR editors who are authors are not part of the process to pick reviewers, nor do they edit reviews of their work.]