Richard H. McCuen
JAWRA Book Review Editor
Book reviews are published in JAWRA as they become available. They may
be viewed from the Wiley-Blackwell
Publishing JAWRA website. If you would like to submit an unsolicitied
book review, it would be best to contact Dr. McCuen before preparing it,
to make sure the book is not currently under review and the necessary
information is included.
Book Reviewers Needed!
The Book Review Section is made possible because of the willingness of
professionals to review books. We have a continual need for those interested
in providing an occasional book review. If you would be willing to review
a book for publication in the Book Review section of JAWRA, please contact
the Book Review Editor, Dr Richard H. McCuen, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reviewers for all specialties in water resources are needed.
Guidelines for Book Reviewers
Below are some topics and questions to consider as a review is prepared.
They need not be followed in sequence, or all discussed, since we wish
to avoid the appearance of a standardized format for book reviews.
- Basically, the reader wants to know if the book would be useful to
him or her, and whether it is worthy of purchase, either for a private
collection or for a library.
- An essential question is: what is its content? List and elaborate
on the major areas of coverage. Do not just list the chapter titles
of the table of contents, but provide meaty information about what is
included between the covers.
- For whom is the book intended? Does the author reach his/her goal
of providing a book appropriate for his/her stated audience? May the
book be quite useful for other purposes?
- If the book is a new treatment of a subject, how does it compare
with other books already on the market? If a new edition, how much change
has been made, in percent of new material and new areas added?
- Is there evenness of coverage? What are the book's strong points?
Weak points? Is it up-to-date? How is the index? Table of Contents?
- What concerns do you have about the book, if any? Content or appearance.
- For whom do you recommender the book - students (undergraduate or
graduate); researchers; practicing professionals? Any or all?
- What is quality of the text? Letterpress or offset? Is it reasonably
free of errors, substantive and typesetting?
- Would the reviewer buy the text? Keep it or sell it? If a reference
book would the reviewer purchase it for his/her own library?
This list is far from complete. Feel free to utilize those parts that
are appropriate for your particular review and add any area about which
you would like to expand. If the material is controversial, say so and
indicate how well all sides have been dealt with. Try to avoid emphasizing
your own biases and prejudices.
Under no circumstances should books receive a superficial review. The
publishers are providing each book, sometimes at considerable cost, and
we have an obligation to provide a thoughtful, in-depth review. Book reviews
should be at least 1½ pages, typewritten and double-spaced. Maximum
length should be between 3 and 4 pages, double-spaced, unless the book
is unusually detailed.
Each review must include the following: complete title, author(s), publisher
(complete snail mail mailing address), ISBN number, date of publication,
number of pages, and the sale price. Also include the reviewer's complete
All book reviewers must sign a Copyright Transfer
Agreement; reviews will not be published until the copyright form
is fully executed and received.
Return review to:
Dr. Richard H. McCuen (email@example.com)
Department of Civil Engineering
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742-3021
Please return the cover sheet and Copyright Transfer
Agreement along with the review. We also ask you to return a copy
of the review in Microsoft Word to firstname.lastname@example.org and Charlene
Young at email@example.com