Guidelines for Book Reviews

Generally speaking, we follow common reviewing practices: i.e., include a short description of the contents of the book and then use most of the review space to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the book. These two tasks can be folded into one (i.e., critique as you summarize), but make every effort to critique the book fully and not just summarize its contents.


Specific Guidelines for Book Reviews:


a. Length of review: between c. 750 and c. 1250 words unless you are preparing a review essay which should be between 1500 and 2000 words.

b. Information on the book itself will function as the title of the review, should appear at the top, and should follow this format:

Author/Editor's name.

Title of Book (italicized), edition (if applicable).

Place of publication: Publisher, date of publication.

c. Your name will appear at the top of the review, under the book information.

d. A brief biographical line, usually identifying your university/professional affiliation and an e-mail address (optional), will appear at the end.

e. Method of submission: diskette or e-mail attachment (preferably Microsoft Word) to the Editor-in-Chief.


Topics of interest to The Innovation Journal relate to public sector innovation, creativity, change management, case studies (examples), strategies, tactics, definitions, processes, approaches to innovation, innovation theory and innovation dissemination theory. These could be discussed, for example, in the context of partnerships, citizen-centred delivery, restructuring, empowerment, and so on.



a. Papers should be typed in Times New Roman 12-point, in WordPerfect 10 if possible, otherwise in msword, and should be submitted electronically to the Editor-in-Chief.

b. Please identify keywords under which your article should be indexed.

c. Please limit footnotes. If you use them, put them at the end as endnotes.

d. Reference to sources in the text should be placed in brackets and include last name of author, date of publication, and page number, namely: (Kroeker, 1996, p. 126). Sources should be done as follows:


Sources :

Holt, S. L. and H. Ribe. 1994. Developing Financial Institutions for the Poor and Reducing Barriers to Access for Women. Washington, D.C.: World Bank


Kroeker, C. J. 1996. "The cooperative movement in Nicarauga: empowerment and accomplishment of severely disadvantaged peasants". Journal of Social Issues, 52(1), 123-138


October 2009 Revised (November 9 2009)

Last updated: November 2009