Book Review Guidelines

We welcome your review of books that fit within the topical guidelines of the journal, broadly focused on “educator’s lives and lives that are educative.” Our journal has published reviews of educational biographies, autoethnographies, memoirs, and methodological texts, among others that fit the mandate.

For examples of reviews, please see our journal.

  • Reviews should usually include the following components: a concise summary of the book, a description or analysis of the research methodology, and a consideration of the author’s intentions, analysis, frame(s) of reference, and assumed audience.
  • Please include all bibliographic information on the book: title, author, year of publication, publishing information, number of pages, ISBN#, and retail price.
  • Reviewers should be fair, forthright, and thoughtful in their reviews. They should avoid dwelling on typographical or other minor errors unless these substantially undermine the quality of the book.
  • Book reviews do not undergo formal blind peer-review. The editors and editorial board participate in the review process for book reviews.
  • The editors reserve the right to make small editorial changes without consulting the author. Requests for revisions will be made as necessary and as time allows. All final decisions to publish any review rests with the editors.
  • Our general page length for reviews are as follows:
              - Reviews of one book are generally 1000 words or less.
              - Reviews of two books are generally 1500 words or less.
              - Review essays of two or more books should not exceed 2000 words.


Book review editor: Naomi Norquay, York University (nnorquay@edu.yorku.ca)




Articles appearing in Vitae Scholasticae are abstracted and indexed in Historical Abstracts and America: History and Life.

Before manuscripts are considered for review, authors must confirm that they have not already been published, are not now in press or under consideration elsewhere and will not be submitted elsewhere while under consideration by the Vitae Scholasticae.