Book Review Submission Guidelines

Journal of Sport History

For Book Publishers

Publishers wishing to have their books considered for review in the Journal of Sport History should email the book review editor, Dr. Heather L. Dichter, at

The Journal of Sport History does NOT accept books mailed directly to the book review editor.  Publishers interested in having a book reviewed in the Journal of Sport History should email publicity information and a link to the book online to

General guidelines

Book reviews should be no longer than 800 words.

Reviews should contain 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.

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

Interested in Reviewing?

Individuals interested in reviewing books for the Journal of Sport History should complete the Reviewer Information Form.


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. 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.


Moore, Lou. I Fight for a Living: Boxing and the Battle for Black Manhood, 1880-1915. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2017. Pp. X + 230. Index and illustrations. $95.00 hb, $27.95 pb, $25.16 eb.

Nauright, John, and Tony Collins, eds. The Rugby World in the Professional Era. New York: Routledge. Pp. 191. Index. $145.00, hb. $54.95, eb.

hb: hardback or cloth bound book
pb: paperback book
eb: e-book

Please list prices in U.S. dollars, unless a publisher only sells the book in another country. (Some publishers have different sites for multiple countries listing prices in local currencies. In these instances, please use the U.S. site.)


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" (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, 27-30).

Reviewer Name and Affiliation:

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

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



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