Reviewers' Guidelines

In agreeing to publish a review in NDPR, the reviewer retains the copyright to the review and gives NDPR the right to the first publication of that review.

Contributors should feel free to develop their reviews as they think best, within the following broad constraints.

  • Reviewers of monographs should provide an account of the book as a whole, not just of one part or aspect. We also suggest that they begin their reviews with a brief paragraph or two giving an overall characterization of the book, so that readers can tell quickly if they are interested in reading the entire review.
  • Reviewers of anthologies should give an overall sense of the contents. They may, if appropriate, choose to focus on a subset of the essays for detailed discussion.
  • The review should offer an evaluation of at least some key aspects of the book and not merely provide a summary. It is also important to give reasons for any evaluations, particularly negative ones.
  • For easier readability online, we strongly suggest avoiding paragraphs that are longer than half a single-spaced page.
  • Please do not underline or use bold font. Use italics (other than for book and journal titles) sparingly
  • Reviews should typically fall within the range of 1500-2500 words. Reviewers who think a book requires longer or shorter treatment should check with the editors.
  • A primary goal of NDPR is to provide timely reviews of new books. Therefore, a review is due no later than three months after the reviewer receives the book.
  • Please submit the review as a .doc(x) file, sending it as an email attachment. We are not able to format and edit .pdf, .wpd, or LaTeX files.
  • Please begin the review with a bibliographical entry for the book that follows the following format: author (or editor), title, publisher, date, number of pages, price (paperback if available, otherwise hardback), ISBN. Example: Henry Allison, Kant’s Theory of Taste: A Reading of the Critique of Aesthetic Judgment, Cambridge University Press, 2001, 440pp., $24.95, ISBN 052179346.
  • Below the bibliographical entry, give your name and institutional affiliation as you would like them to appear.

Please be sure to proofread your review carefully before submitting it. Due to the number of reviews we process and our quick turnover time, we are not able to let you revise your review after your original submission.

Aquinas, autograph manuscriptThomas Aquinas autograph ms.

Kant, autograph draft, Metaphysics of MoralsKant autograph draft, Metaphysics of Morals 

Wittgenstein last manuscript pageWittgenstein, last autograph ms.