MSR Author Guidelines

Most contributions to the Mormon Studies Review are solicited by its editors. The guidelines and timetables for each type of contribution (Forum Essays, Review Essays, and Book Reviews) are listed below. The editors are open, on a limited basis, to considering unsolicited submissions that match the Review's intended quality and scope. Interested authors can send an email query to msreview@byu.edu.

Forum Essays

Forum essays typically appear at the beginning of the Mormon Studies Review. They are designed to offer different, and at times competing, perspectives on a broader scholarly question. Contributions should offer sophisticated, nuanced, and provocative analysis that is drawn from the author’s background, outlook, and expertise. Authors are encouraged to be brief in their assessment of past work and particular examples so that most space can be dedicated to the field’s future and possibilities. Because each volume's Forum aims to cover a single theme and there is bound to be overlap, we request that each contributor remain fairly close to the subtopic agreed upon with the Review staff. Contributions should include a brief title.

Forum essays should be between 1,500 and 2,000 words; ideal contributions come to the point quickly and evolve their discussion efficiently. While critical thinking is expected, original research for Forum essays is not mandatory.

Manuscripts should be written in Microsoft Word–compatible formats (doc, docx, rtf) and follow The Chicago Manual of Style on capitalization, punctuation, hyphenation, numbers, quotations, and citations.

At the end of the essay, include a two- or three-sentence biographical blurb with your name, affiliation, and latest publication or work in progress.

Submit one electronic copy of the manuscript via email to msreview@byu.edu. It will then be reviewed by the Review editorial staff, and any substantive revisions will be negotiated with you at that time. Thereafter, your submission will be copyedited and sent back for your final approval.

The editors reserve the right to reject manuscripts that do not conform to the critical standards of the journal.

Timetable
Forum participants assigned: January 1
First drafts due: May 15
Manuscripts back to author: June 15
Final pre-copyediting drafts due: August 1
Issue printed: December 1

Review Essays

Review essays are often, though not always, based on one or several related books that merit an in-depth discussion or that might serve as an entry point for broader analysis. Our criteria for choosing review essay topics—content, method, perspective, originality, and significance—are evolving and flexible. Most essays are solicited, though we are open, on a limited basis, to considering unsolicited submissions that match our intended quality and scope. Interested authors should contact the Mormon Studies Review staff to explore possible review topics.

Essays should offer both a thorough summary of the book or books in question, and a critical evaluation of them in the context of existing literature. Each essay should have a title that differs from the book(s) under review and that reflects the essay’s theme and approach. Because readers of the Review come from many disciplines and backgrounds, reviewers should make it a priority to clearly explain the review’s broader significance both inside and outside its subfield. In most cases, the book(s) under review should be used as a touchstone from which to engage broader issues or developments within the relevant discipline(s).

Review essays should be between 3,000 and 4,000 words; reviews of a single monograph should tend toward the former limitation, and reviews of edited collections or multiple books should tend toward the latter. Because of space limitations, we expect authors to stay within their word allotment. Deviations from the suggested word count should be preauthorized by the Review editorial staff.

Manuscripts should be written in Microsoft Word–compatible formats (doc, docx, rtf) and follow The Chicago Manual of Style on capitalization, punctuation, hyphenation, numbers, quotations, and citations. At the top of the manuscript, include the essay’s title (if applicable), your name, and information for the book(s) under review, as in this example:

Your Name, Title of Essay; reviewing: (1) Richard Lyman Bushman, Joseph Smith: Rough Stone Rolling. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2005. 740 pp., with index. $35.00 hardcover, $18.95 paperback. (2) Reid L. Neilson and Terryl L. Givens, eds., Joseph Smith Jr.: Reappraisals after Two Centuries. New York: Oxford University Press, 2009. 284 pp., with index. $99.95 hardcover, $24.95 paperback.

When quoting directly from the book(s) under review, cite the page numbers in parentheses following the quotation or at the end of the sentence and before the period. When citing other works, include reference information in footnotes formatted according to The Chicago Manual of Style. Please keep footnotes to a minimum. Use italics rather than underlining for emphasis and for titles of works to be set in italic type.

At the end of the essay, include a two- or three-sentence biographical blurb with your name, affiliation, and latest publication or work in progress.

Submit one electronic copy of the manuscript via email to msreview@byu.edu. It will then be reviewed by the Review's editorial staff, and any substantive revisions will be negotiated with you at that time. Thereafter, your submission will be copyedited and sent back for your final approval.

The editors reserve the right to reject manuscripts that do not conform to the critical standards of the journal.

Timetable
Review essays assigned: January 1
First drafts due: May 15
Manuscripts back to authors: June 15
Final pre-copyediting drafts due: August 1
Issue printed: December 1

Book Reviews

Book reviews are typically focused on a single work, though at times it may be appropriate to include several books in a joint review. Our criteria for choosing books for review—content, method, perspective, originality, and significance—are evolving and flexible. Most reviews are solicited, though we are open, on a limited basis, to considering unsolicited submissions. Interested authors should contact the Mormon Studies Review staff to explore possible book reviews.

A book review should attempt a comprehensive analysis of the work (or works) in question. It should examine the strength of the work's arguments, originality, and place within broader literature. Because Review readers come from many backgrounds and disciplines, authors should prioritize clear explanation of the strengths and significance of the books they review.

Book reviews should be between 1,500 and 2,000 words; reviews of a single monograph should tend toward the former limitation, and reviews of edited collections or multiple books should tend toward the latter. Because of space limitations, we expect authors to stay within their word allotment. Deviations from the suggested word count should be preauthorized by the Review editorial staff.

Manuscripts should be written in Microsoft Word–compatible formats (doc, docx, rtf) and follow The Chicago Manual of Style on capitalization, punctuation, hyphenation, numbers, quotations, and citations. At the top of the manuscript should be included information for the book(s) under review, as in this example:

Richard Lyman Bushman, Joseph Smith: Rough Stone Rolling. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2005. 740 pp., with sources cited and index. $35.00 hardcover, $18.95 paperback.

When quoting directly from the book(s) under review, cite the page numbers in parentheses following the quotation or at the end of the sentence and before the period. When citing other works, include reference information in footnotes formatted according to The Chicago Manual of Style. Please keep footnotes to a minimum. Use italics rather than underlining for emphasis and for titles of works to be set in italic type.

At the end of the review, include a two- or three-sentence biographical blurb with your name, affiliation, and latest publication or work in progress.

Submit one electronic copy of the manuscript via email to msreview@byu.edu. It will then be reviewed by the Review editorial staff, and any substantive revisions will be negotiated with you at that time. Thereafter, your submission will be copyedited and sent back for your final approval.

The editors reserve the right to reject manuscripts that do not conform to the critical standards of the journal.

Timetable
Book reviews assigned: January 1
First drafts due: May 15
Manuscripts back to author: June 15
Final pre-copyediting drafts due: August 1
Issue printed: December 1