Hopefully these tips will help you when writing an academic book review. But often the best thing to do is to look for some professional examples of book reviews in scholarly journals and study their structure.
Perhaps you were persuaded by that column and agree that writing academic book reviews is an excellent way of making a contribution in service to the profession. If so, I thank you. But perhaps you are also a junior scholar, unsure of where to start. That would be entirely understandable. Like many academic practices, book reviews can seem like an insider’s game -- those who already understand the unwritten rules play frequently, while those who do not are all too often never invited in. This column, therefore, aims to demystify the process with a basic how-to guide for writing academic book reviews and getting them published.
Guide To Writing An Academic Book Review By Wendy Belcher
Scholars can begin to publish even while still working on their PhD. It is never too early! Many academics in humanities disciplines begin by writing academic book reviews or conference reports. There are also online journals designed specifically to publish the work of postgraduates, such as Ex Historia, based at Exeter University, publishing articles in any field of History.