Q: Are book reviews sent for peer review?
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.
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.