Q: Are book reviews sent for peer review?

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Hello, I have been asked to write a book review for a journal. I am unsure of what the standard process is - are book reviews sent for peer review before publication or do they just go through a copy-editing/proofreading process once passed by the editor? Thanks.

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Book reviews are usually commissioned by the journal and are generally not sent for external peer review. They are, however, reviewed by an in-house editor, and the author may be asked to make changes if required. Once approved by the editor, they go through copyediting/proofreading before they are published. However, there may be some exceptions. For example, book reviews covering multiple books are sometimes sent for peer review, particularly in the humanities.