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Book Review Submission Guidelines

We publish reviews on-line as soon as they are edited and accepted. We include the reviewer's email address along with the review. Include your contact information (including email address) and institutional affiliation at the end of your review. You will be informed of the review's URL as soon as the review is ready. Please check the on-line version and inform us of any errors or problems with the review so we can correct them before printing.

If the reviewer is not a subscriber to Canadian Ethnic Studies/Études ethniques au Canada or a member of the Canadian Ethnic Studies Association, s/he may purchase the issue of the journal in which the review appears by mailing a cheque for $35 ($35 US outside Canada) to the above address.

NOTE:  Reviewers are reminded that the review they submit should be considered their final version, as it is difficult to make changes after the review is edited and published on-line.

Submission Options

We now accept book review submissions electronically. Reviews should be clearly identified in the subject line, and emailed to

Reviews can also be mailed. Send two hard copies along with an electronic version (in word or rtf format) of your review on a disk to:

SS 909, Department of Sociology,
University of Calgary,
2500 University Drive, N.W.,
Calgary, Alberta,
T2N 1N4

Unsolicited book reviews are considered for publication.  If you have written a review of a recently published book that deals with some aspect of ethnicity in Canada, send it to the journal office.  We welcome suggestions regarding books you would like to review or would like to see reviewed by the journal.


1. Canadian Ethnic Studies/Études ethniques au Canada is an interdisciplinary journal; readers are involved in the social sciences, humanities, fine arts, and other areas. Reviews must contain a minimum of academic jargon to facilitate maximum communication.

2. Readers tend to look for some discussion of the content of the book. A brief resume of the outline and major areas covered is helpful. Report on the aims of the book and to what extent the author was able to attain those goals. Both positive and negative evaluations are usually appreciated and should be supported.

3. Readers appreciate an indication of the level at which the book would be useful,for example, high school, undergraduate, academic research, etc.

4. If the book is not published by a publishing house, please indicate where it may be purchased in the heading of the review.

5. PLEASE format your review heading as follows; list all the information including special features such as bibliography, index, illustrations, and price.

Arthur Kroeger. Hard Passage: A Mennonite Family’s Journey from Russia to Canada. Edmonton: U of Alberta P, 2007. 269 pp. Notes. Bibliography. Index. $34.95 hc.


The journal’s overall format follows the Chicago Manual of Style guidelines.

6. Refer to the page numbers of reviewed text in parentheses (210). Italicize book titles throughout the review; do not include references.

7. Social scientists are interested in research methodology: discuss research methods where applicable.

8. Writing style is an important aspect of the ability to communicate. A brief discussion of the author's style is helpful.

9. Prompt responses make authors, book publishers, and readers happy. Our journal appears only three times per year, which provides us with less frequent opportunities to publish reviews. We do our best to review books quickly; we appreciate reviewers submitting reviews promptly.

10. The typical word count is 750 to 850 words. Double reviews are not limited to that word count.

11. Include the price of the book and whether it is a paperback (sc) or hard cover (hc).

Thank you for your support of Canadian Ethnic Studies/Études ethniques au Canada.  We look forward to reading your review.

Founded in 1969, our fully refereed, interdisciplinary journal is devoted to the study of ethnicity, immigration, inter-group relations, and the history and cultural life of ethnic groups in Canada. Issues also include book and film reviews, opinions, immigrant memoirs, translations of primary sources, an "ethnic voices" section, and an annual index. The journal is published three times a year and is the official publication of the Canadian Ethnic Studies Association.