Book and Resource Review Guidelines
Updated February 2015
The objective of the Books and Resource Review (B&RR)
section of AMLE is to provide our readers with insightful and
informative reviews of a diverse array of resources. We
define the term "resources" broadly - such that we are interested
in reviews of not only books but also software, hardware, internet
sites, training programs, experiential exercises, simulations, and
other tools that may assist management educators and practitioners
in developing their knowledge, skills, and awareness.
Additionally, the current editorial board has made a strategic
decision to include reviews of resources drawn from outside of the
management domain. As a result, we are particularly
interested in reviews of applicable resources drawn from across the
disciplines (e.g., Computer Sciences, Engineering, Education,
Journalism, Humanities, Law, Medicine & Health Sciences,
Natural Sciences, Social Sciences), as well as those specifically
targeting management educators.
Although the editors will initiate the review of both popular
and classic media, we encourage editorial board members, and indeed
Academy of Management members, to recommend specific reviews that
AMLE should undertake. It should be stressed that AMLE will strive
to address the range of interests represented by all divisions and
interest groups of the Academy. In addition, we will strive
to represent alternative, unique, and emerging viewpoints from
across the disciplines and around the globe, both in the selection
of resources and the selection of reviewers.
What follows is a recommended format for the reviews. We
encourage you to follow this but also to consider whether an
alternative approach might be appropriate given the nature of the
resource, and the nature of the review undertaken. If an
alternative approach is preferred, please contact the B&RR
section editor, Megan Gerhardt before
beginning the review, using the phrase AMLE Book and Resource
Reviews in the subject line.
1. Titles and
Pre-Review Information: At the beginning of your review, place the
Copyright Academy of Management Learning and Education
(Title) The Great American Novel about Management
By Jane R. Doe and John M. Doe. New York, NY: Universal
Publishers, 2001. 545 pages, hard cover.
Reviewed by J. B. Arbaugh, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
paragraph: Explain as briefly as possible what the resource (book,
video, exercise, simulation, etc) is about. Try to capture the
reader's attention in the opening.
Relate the main points of the work. Expand on these points so that
the reader can very quickly get a good feel for the material. You
can use quotes as long as they are not too long. If quotes are
used, indicate the page numbers after the quote. Please do not use
footnotes. You can include references to other works. In
fact, we encourage review authors to consider if there are
additional resources, particularly those that are freely available
online, that would be beneficial for readers to know about.
If there are, please include them, and the reasons why you
have found them useful, in your review. If you do reference
other works, place the author(s)'s last name, year of publication,
and, if appropriate, the quoted page numbers within parentheses
after the sentence (see the Format Section for an example). Include
the reference in the Bibliography Section. You do not have to use
references in a review; they are optional and should be used only
if they will enhance the quality of your review.
4. In the latter
paragraphs of the review, indicate the strengths of the work and
your concerns, such as questions you have about the presentation or
generalizability. Ensure you adopt a constructive tone. Help
the reader to understand why you have concerns. Notice that we
stayed away from the word "problems" or "weaknesses", since those
terms may not help readers to understand the ways in which the work
can be useful. However, since this is your review, we leave it to
your discretion to determine whether the use of such terms is
5. End: Conclude
your review by succinctly giving your overall opinion. Include how
you plan to use the work in your research and/or courses, if
appropriate. Finally, if applicable, how could practitioners
benefit from this material?
Maximum is 1500 words (about six typed double spaced pages).
Although there is no minimum, please use 1000 words (about four
pages) as a guide. If the review should run shorter or longer,
please contact the section editor, Megan Gerhardt.
2. Type: 12
point, including all titles. Times New Roman is the font. No
bolding. Use Italics to highlight a word or phrase. Place book
titles in Italics when used in the body of the review.
3. Headings: No
subheadings. No page headers. Page numbering at the bottom center
of the page.
4. Margins: Use
1" margins all around.
References (optional): Use author's last name and year, and page
number if a quote is cited. For example: (Ferris, 2001: 22)
or (Ford & Jones, 1998: 125-127)
(optional): Please follow the AMLE style and formatting guidelines
(posted on this site under the "Authors" menu).
- Form: Submit your review as an email attachment to Megan Gerhardt.
MS Word or Adobe Acrobat are preferred file formats. She will confirm
receipt of the attachment with a tentative timeline for review.
- Finally, if you have any questions about your review submission or
the submission process itself, please contact Megan Gerhardt via email.