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AJPA Book & Resource Reviews

American Journal of Physical Anthropology (AJPA)

Book & Resource Review Editor

Bridget FB Algee-Hewitt, PhD 

Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity

450 Serra Mall, Building 360

Stanford University, Main Quad

Stanford, CA 94305

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Office | 650.723.6688  


The American Journal of Physical Anthropology invites readers to publish critical reviews of scholarly books and resources that are relevant to research and teaching and of immediate interest to experts in Biological Anthropology and complementary fields. Review materials may include edited volumes, and textbooks; software, scripts/code/algorithms, and computer programs; data sets, data banks, and archives; websites and online resources; museum exhibits, study collections, and sample repositories. The focus of review materials reflects current and emerging trends in the field, introduces AJPA readership to newly developed or released resources, and/or provides information on preexisting materials that remain of considerable value and may not be familiar to the community at large. Reviewers are typically solicited by the AJPA Book and Resource Review Editor (BRRE) on the basis of expertise, however, AJPA welcomes credentialed volunteers. Publishers (et al.) may request the review of a given book/resource by contacting the BRRE.
As thoughtfully written reviews represent an important source of information for research and teaching, you are providing an invaluable service to AJPA, our Biological Anthropology colleagues, and the Anthropological community at large. AJPA relies on your adherence to the review policies and parameters, as well as your punctuality in submission, to ensure the steady supply of the scholarly output critical to the publication process. Unless other arrangements have been made with the Book and Resource Review Editor, your review is limited to 1000 words and is due in two months.
An optimal review underscores the book’s/resource’s major theme, subjects, and utility. More specifically, it can make connections to other published works, draw comparisons among contributions – e.g., essential for edited volumes, and relate the book/resource to current research in the most relevant anthropological subdisciplines or complementary fields. Importantly, it should express the reviewer’s honest opinion on the value of the book’s/resource’s contribution to current research and teaching in Biological Anthropology and, if appropriate, beyond. The reviewer may structure the text as they prefer, however, the most readable reviews typically include: 1) a summary of the subject and major themes or arguments, 2) a judgment of the quality of its scholarship and data, and 3) an assessment of the  intended audience and potential uses. Comments on production values, illustrations, and price are appropriate when these factors significantly add to or detract from the book or resource’s impact. Exhaustive chapter-by-chapter summaries or simple descriptions should be avoided. The review can be easily submitted by logging onto the ScholarOne website. There, you will have the option to select “Book Review” or “Resource Review” under “type.” 

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