Journal of Sport History

Book reviews should be no longer than 800 words. In your review, write a thoughtful and critical discussion of the book assessing the author's thesis/purpose, organization, use of sources, and the contribution of the book to the field of sport history and/or related fields of interest to the readers of the Journal. The Journal of Sport History addresses a wide audience in the history of sport and related topics in social and cultural history, and insightful, informative book reviews are a vital segment of the publication.
Interested in Reviewing?
Individuals interested in reviewing books for the Journal of Sport History should complete the Reviewer Information Form. (which should )

Book reviews are due two months after receipt of the book. If you anticipate difficulty with this deadline, please contact the book review editor at to discuss the deadline.

For review essays, the appropriate length is at the discretion of the reviewer; usually review essays are more substantive in length than regular book reviews, and include more than one book for discussion.

Bibliographic information on the reviewed book should appear at the top of the page. Include as much information as possible in this section, including the price of clothbound and paperback editions. The bibliographic information should appear in the following order:

Author's last name, First name. Title of the book. Series (if indicated). Place of publication: Publisher, date published. Number of pages in preface, in main text. Listing of features such as notes, index, color plates, illustrations, bibliographic essay, appendices. Price.

Bloom, John. There You Have It: The Life, Legacy, and Legend of Howard Cosell. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2010. Pp. xviii+220. Index and illustrations. $80.00 cb, $24.95 pb, $19.99 eb.

After publication information, skip three single lines and begin the text of the review.
Book reviews should be written in 12-point Times New Roman Font, and the review itself should be double-spaced.

If you are quoting from the book under review, use page numbers following the quotation.

Cayleff explains, "Among related reforms that received attention and adoption was physical education" (p. 117).

Ordinarily, book reviews do not include foot or endnotes quoting a work other than the book under review, put these in parentheses after your statement(s).

Another book on urban culture includes a discussion of the turn-of-the-century, (David Nasaw, Children of the City, pp. 27-30).

At the end of the review, skip three single lines, note your name with your affiliation below in italics.

David Welky
University of Central Arkansas

All reviews should follow the Chicago Manual of Style regarding formatting and other stylistic points.  Reviewers should not use second person and should keep use of first person to a minimum.

Email the final copy of your review to the book review editor at