Style Guide for Invited Book Reviews

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Please note: Ethics does not accept unsolicited book reviews.

1. Everything, including long quotations, should be double-spaced.

2. Each review should be headed with the bibliographical information for the book being reviewed. This heading should appear, double-spaced. It should include the number of pages and price (both cloth and paper, if available) of the book should be included. The city of publication should begin a new line. The resulting header should look like this:

Hardin, Russell. David Hume: Moral and Political Theorist.

Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007. Pp. 260. $49.50 (cloth).

Please note:
Book reviews must begin simply with this header and may not have a title chosen by the book review author.

3. Use no footnotes. Book reviews also may not have an acknowledgment note.

4. Page references to the book being reviewed should appear as follows: (273).

5. Page references to other books or articles should appear as follows: (Mark Schroeder, Slaves of the Passions [Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008], 32) or (Kieran Setiya, “Practical Knowledge,” Ethics 118 [2008]: 388-409, 393).

6. Page references in reviews of more than one book should appear as follows: (Rawls, 273) or (TJ, 273).

7. Your name and institutional affiliation (or city of residence) should appear at the bottom of the review precisely as you wish them to appear in print. Please inform us of any late changes in affiliation or address.

8. Completed reviews should be uploaded to the journal’s electronic submissions site at You should log in as an Author and follow the on-screen instructions to submit your review.

If your book review will contain tables, artwork, or symbols, please review the information at the relevant link below:

Manuscript Preparation - Tables

Manuscript Preparation - Artwork

Manuscript Preparation - Math

If you have any questions about how to prepare and submit the final version of your review, please contact Catherine Campbell, Managing Editor, at