H-Decol Book Review Guidelines
Reviews should include a brief summary of the scope, purpose, and content of the work and its significance in the literature of the subject. For multimedia reviews, evaluate the the significance in relation to similar multimedia products and relevant literature. Many readers will depend on your summary for substantive information on a topic, so it is important to be precise and clear.
Reviews should go beyond description to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the work, paying attention to the use of sources, methodology, organization, and presentation. Evaluation should consider the work's stated purpose. For software or cd-rom reviews, pay attention to user friendliness, appropriate audience, organization and presentation. In the age of rapid technological change, the software's longevity should also be kept in mind. Also, does the use of a sofware/cd-rom package enhance the presentaion of this material?
Reviewers need to keep in mind the H-Decol audience for which they are reviewing. All H-Net lists include subscribers from many different disciplines and departments, so it is important for reviewers to provide historiographical background. H-Decol reviews may have endnotes, which are a good place to refer to related multimedia sources, books, and articles.
Whether the evaluation of a work is favorable or unfavorable, reviewers should express criticism in courteous, temperate, and constructive terms. Reviewers are responsible for presenting a fair and balanced review and for treating authors with respect. Electronic communication is a hot medium in which intellectual exchange all too often is lost to verbal conflict. As with all items posted to the H-Decol list, the editors will be responsible for maintaining a constructive review process and may ask reviewers to reword or rewrite sections of their reviews. H-Decol editors have the prerogative to refuse submissions.
One goal of H-Decol Reviews is to facilitate discussion of new works. To this end, H-Decol endeavours to develop new professional norms that encourage dialogue between authors and their reviewers. Authors may receive copies of reviews in hopes of encouraging their response. H-Decol editors may delay posting of a review to allow authors time to respond.
H-Decol editors' primary responsibility is to maintain the intellectual integrity of the list and the civility of its dialogue. Review editors may edit reviews, but all changes will be agreed to by reviewers and/or authors before posting. H-Decol editors reserve the right not to post reviews and responses.
All reviews will carry the following H-Net copyright statement at the bottom of the review: This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License
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