Book review Submissions

All the book reviews submitted to Strata must be on books published in the previous three years (2015-2018). Reviews must also be written by graduate students.

The contributions will undergo blind reviews by a scientific committee composed of PhD students and professors who will make their recommendations for publication based on the originality of the study, the value of the publication, and the quality of the writing.  The submissions will then be forwarded to and revised by the Strata editorial committee.  We ask authors to send their contributions by email to accompanied by a short biography (maximum of 75 words).  Confirmation that contributions have been received will be sent via email within a week.

Guidelines to submit a book review

  • Articles must be between 750 and 1000 words
  • MS Word must be used
  • The text must be double-spaced, in Times New Roman, size 12 and paginated
  • French submissions should follow the new orthography; English submissions should follow the English-Canadian spelling
  • The heading must contain the author’s full name, their university affiliation and the level of study
  • The footnotes (if applicable) must follow the University of Ottawa’s Department of History guidelines :

Model for a Book Review

Word Count: 750-1000

Questions that may be addressed*:

  1. What is the author’s academic history?  Introduce the author, their background, and, if you can, their ideological position. (100 words)
  2. What is the significance of this new monograph and how does it fit within the existing historiography? (100 – 200 words)
  3. Summary of the argument and structure (500 words):
    1. What is the author’s thesis and what are their main points?
    2. What kinds of evidence are they using?
    3. How do they structure their argument?
  4. Critique (300 words):
    1. Do you think the author’s argument was effective?
    2. What were the strengths and weaknesses of their thesis and evidence?
    3. Is this an important work or not?
    4. Your analysis of the monograph can be positive, negative or a combination, but you must take a stance on the quality of the book.

*The word counts noted are only given as a recommendation, but they should give you an indication of how much space should be allocated to each section of your analysis.