Learning Through Research

Book Review Policy
Scholarship and Practice of Undergraduate Research (SPUR)

Scholarship and Practice of Undergraduate Research (SPUR) publishes short reviews of books and other new publications deemed by the editors to be of interest to the undergraduate research community. Books or other publications will be reviewed within 12 months of publication. The Book Review Editor will select appropriate titles for review and solicit reviewers. To ensure that the reviews are as timely as possible, the Book Review Editor will expect to receive finished reviews within two months of assignment. Each issue of SPUR will include one review.

Reviews should be 600-700 words in length, following this format:

Title, author(s)
Publisher, ISBN
Number of pages, price
Reviewed by [name, institution/affiliation, email address]
Brief summary of the author(s)’ intent, intended audience, and argument
Strengths and weaknesses of the publication

Reviews should communicate to readers the scope of the book's content, assess its major points and contributions, and provide a reasoned judgment about its worth. In keeping with proper scholarly method, any critique should be directed at an author's work. Reviews that contain materials considered to be directed toward an author's character or that are considered to be potentially libelous will be rejected. SPUR editors welcome reviewers’ opinions about the publication being reviewed but insist that those opinions be supported with examples or other evidence. 

The Book Review Editor will accept reviews as submitted, return them with suggestions for revision, or reject them as unacceptable.  Suggested titles for review and book reviews should be submitted via email to:

Susan Berry Brill de Ramirez, SPUR Book Review Editor
Department of English, Bradley University