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Book-Review Guidelines

Guidelines for Book Reviews Submitted to the Academy for Spiritual and Consciousness Studies ASCS publishes book reviews in both the Searchlight and the Journal for Spiritual and Consciousness Studies. We encourage the submission of reviews for consideration, taking into account the following guidelines.

All submissions must be original and not under simultaneous consideration by other journals.

We assign many of our book reviews to members of the ASCS Publications Committee but have need of reviewers outside that body. We give first priority to reviews from ASCS members but consider submissions by others when appropriate and when space permits.

Prior to writing a review, reviewers should search a document titled “Reviews in ASCS Publications since 2014” in the Pages section of the Book Review Discussion group (http://ascsi2.ning.com/group/book-reviews) to see if a particular book already has been reviewed. We encourage reviewers next to consult with the book review editor (Donna Baker – donnacoxbaker@att.net) to determine whether the particular book has already been assigned for review for a future publication or does not fit the current editorial direction.


Reviewed books should fit the mission of ASCS and the clear interests of ASCS members. If the reviewer knows the writer being reviewed, we prefer that this relationship be acknowledged in the review. Reviews should include the following, at minimum:

  • A description of the book author’s credentials, background, or experience, related to the book’s subject
  • A clear description of what the book is about
  • A few quotes sprinkled through to give a sense of the writer’s style, avoiding large blocks of quotations
  • An honest statement of your opinion of the book’s value, presented graciously.


Reviews that are to appear in the Searchlight must be sized either for a half page (around 400 words) or a full page (around 800 words). Reviews for the Journal can be longer. Reviewers who exceed the 800-word limit sufficiently to require the review to appear in the Journal should be aware that the Journal is only published twice a year. Long reviews are therefore the most likely to be delayed in publication, but they also can be very valuable articles.


If possible, submit reviews by email to Book Review Editor Donna Baker at donnacoxbaker@att.net in Microsoft Word format. If the reviewer is unable to submit in this format, please type the review double-spaced and only on one side of a page. Hard-copy reviews should be submitted to:

Donna Baker
6552 Ash Hill Drive
Tuscaloosa, AL 35405

We attempt to acknowledge receipt of a review within two weeks. We usually send an acceptance or rejection notification within two months. We reserve the right and duty to edit reviews for clarity, style, conciseness, and space requirements, making every effort to preserve the reviewer’s own voice and opinions.

We might have to delay the publication of an accepted review in the Searchlight or Journal, depending upon a number of factors. The number of reviews we can use in any given publication depends upon the space required for feature articles. We also try when possible to have a good mix of book genres reviewed, requiring us to push a review out to a later publication at times to get the best mix.

We will send one issue of the journal in which the review is published to the reviewer. Reviewers can obtain prices for reprints of their reviews by emailing Editor-in-Chief Michael Tymn at metgat@aol.com. Or if email is unavailable, write to him at:

Michael E. Tymn
641 Keolu Drive
Kailua, HI 96734

We promote conversation about books and our reviews in the Book Review Discussion group (http://ascsi2.ning.com/group/book-reviews). Though not mandatory, we encourage all reviewers with internet access to join this forum, allowing ASCS members to engage in discussions with them.

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