Articles that met the inclusion criteria were descriptively analyzed by the primary author (ADL) and the data extracted included: author(s), publication type, and narrative information concerning scholarly book reviews and their publication. To generate recommendations for conducting book reviews, the authors' personal experiences writing book reviews and acting as journal editors were used to supplement the evidence gleaned from the articles included in this review.
To improve the scholarly rigor in the book review literature, future efforts could investigate the validity of using expert opinion as a means for conducting book reviews, and formal studies could assess the impact of book reviews on book sales and journal subscriptions. Readership surveys could be conducted to assess reader interest in new book review formats and publishing venues, and more importantly, examine the impact of review formats on reader usage of information in their professional work. An exploration of these issues will contribute to the development of our understanding of writing and publishing scholarly book reviews.
Researching Book Reviews What is a Scholarly Book Review
When you take on writing a scholarly book review, as opposed to a review written for a younger audience or for an audience who is reading purely for entertainment, you are taking on a responsibility in proving yourself a reliable source for your readers. The books you review are intended for audiences seeking information on books that may or may not be a good source for what they need. That's where you come in. As a scholarly book reviewer, your job is to decide what is good material and what isn't and help guide your readers in the right direction.