Since our launch in the Fall of 2011, Canadian Military History’s book review section has expanded rapidly from a monthly feature of the CMH website to an essential source for the latest reviews on historical and contemporary works in the field of war and society. We offer the opportunity for established scholars and graduate students to contribute through insightful, academically rigorous reviews of relevant monographs, edited collections, and popular non-fiction. CMH’s review section operates under a double-blind peer review system to ensure consistency in quality and scholarly integrity.
To benefit both our contributors and readers, as of 2015 new reviews will be published in print as part of CMH’s new mandate to integrate our review section with the wider journal. We accept reviews of any books related to the field of military history, war and society, and contemporary military studies published in the last 3-4 years. Titles can be selected from our “Books Available for Review” list. If you’re interested in writing a review for CMH, please contact our Book Review Editor Matthew Wiseman via e-mail at [email protected]. Please also contact Matthew if you would like to review a title not on our list, or should you have any questions about the review process. Clean drafts of reviews should be submitted not more than four months after being commissioned.
Reviews should be between 1000-1500 words in length and written in a scholarly manner. CMH utilizes parenthetical citations – i.e. (p. 42) – for material drawn from the book under review. Citations from other sources adhere to the conventions of the Chicago Manual of Style. There is no ‘standard’ review, but the following points should be considered when crafting your submission:
1) Clearly outline the author’s objective and main argument, as well as provide constructive criticism on the authors argumentation, clarity, and overall execution.
2) Explain the significance of the author’s approach and methodology (e.g. use of sources)
3) Offer a general assessment of how the book contributes to our understanding of the subject at a general level. Reviews should situate books into existing literature and mention how a book challenges a narrative or adds nuance to an existing one.
4) Books that advance significant new historiographical (re)interpretations should be clearly identified as such.
5) In the case of edited collections of essays or documents we suggest reviewers focus on specific themes present throughout the book, rather than attempting to analyze each chapter individually.
Since CMH caters to a wide audience we also encourage contributors to specify whom they would recommend the book to (e.g. general audience, academics, undergraduate or graduate classes, professional military personnel, etc). We also encourage our contributors to utilize prose that is clear and accessible.
Editorial Process and Publication Information
Drafts submitted to the book review editor of CMH may be forwarded to peer reviewers for consultation before being published. We ask that contributors address or constructively respond to the comments and suggestions made by the peer reviewers and editors to the best of their ability and in a timely manner. Submissions that require further editing prior to the peer review process or do not meet CMH’s book review guidelines may be returned to authors with suggestions and comments from the editors.
We also require that reviews sent to CMH for consideration may not be submitted elsewhere for publication.
CMH also encourages contributors to incorporate between 2 and 5 photographs with their review submission. Photographs older than 50 years and taken by any government are not subject to copyright laws and are free for use. A treasure of historical and modern conflict photographs that involve the United Nations is well worth consulting at http://www.unmultimedia.org/photo/. If you are searching the web, look for images with a creative commons license. Google Advanced Image search allows you to select this as an option (At the bottom under Usage Rights) as does the popular online photo service Flickr. Images that appear with Wikipedia articles are also, almost all, creative commons (clicking on the image will show you the rights). These are only a few freely available image options available to you.
If you are unsure about the copyright status of your media please forward all queries to our Book Review Editor, Matthew Wiseman ([email protected]).
We look forward to working with you.
Matthew Wiseman, Book Review Editor