Guide for Book Reviewers

Guidelines for Writing and Submitting Book Reviews
East/West: Journal of Ukrainian Studies



Browse through the books currently available for review by clicking "BOOKS FOR REVIEW" on the main menu bar.

To request a book for review, submit your request to the Book Review Editor, Tania Stech, at



EWJUS uses an Open Journal registration system (OJS) for all users involved in the editorial and publishing process.

Unless otherwise agreed upon, your review will be due 6 weeks from the day that you receive the book. Early submission is welcome.

Book reviews should be 750 to 1,000 words in length. Please adjust the length of your review accordingly prior to submission. For collections of articles, the word limit may be increased to 1,500 words, if needed.

At the beginning of your review, please provide full bibliographic information (please note if there are illustrations, tables, maps, a foreword [and by whom], appendix/appendices, notes, bibliography, index, etc.; also please note if the book is part of a series and note the editor of the series, if given) in the following format:

Thomas M. Prymak. Gathering a Heritage: Ukrainian, Slavonic, and Ethnic Canada and the USA. U of Toronto P, 2015. xiv, 370 pp. Illustrations. Tables. Appendix. Notes. Index. $29.95, paper.

Anna Fournier. Forging Rights in a New Democracy: Ukrainian Students between Freedom and Justice. U of Pennsylvania P, 2012. Pennsylvania Studies in Human Rights, edited by Bert B. Lockwood, Jr. x, 214 pp. Illustrations. Notes. References. Index. $59.95, cloth.

Oleksandr Borzenko. Sentymental'na “provintsiia” (Nova ukrains'ka literatura na etapi stanovlennia): Monohrafiia [The Sentimental “Province” (Emerging New Ukrainian Literature): A Monograph]. Kharkivs'kyi natsional'nyi universytet im. V. N. Karazina, 2006, 323 pp. Bibliography. Open access PDF.


Please use the Times New Roman 12 pt. font for your review and double space the text. Please note that we use Canadian spellings (modified British).

Reviews generally should not have footnotes. References to specific points in the book under review can be made as follows: e.g., “(120)” or “(37–45).” If the reference pertains to a particular contributor within an edited volume, please note that contributor’s surname as well; e.g., “(Smith 120).”

Please italicize foreign terms and follow the style of the MLA Handbook (currently in its 9th ed.), where needed. (For an online resource on MLA formatting and style, see Purdue Online Writing Lab.)

Please adhere to the Library of Congress transliteration system (with the exception of the letters ї and й, which we transliterate in simplified style as i; please note that the soft sign is transliterated using a single straight quotation mark—). For geographical terms only, please drop the soft sign: e.g., Lviv, Donetsk, etc.

At the bottom of your review, please list your name and affiliation; this information should be aligned with the right margin and the affiliation should be italicized.

Please save your review in the following format: [year of book’s publication] [book’s author] [name of reviewer]—e.g., “2005 Smith Krys.” We use MS Word.



To submit your book review, please log in to the journal website and complete the online article submission process. For this, you need to be registered and logged in as an “Author.” The “Author” designation is made on your profile page (top right corner, under “View Profile”) under the “Roles” heading. 

The site will guide you through a simple multi-step process. Please note that reviews are generally not returned to authors after editing.

You may also send your completed book review directly to the Book Review Editor (

Feel free to contact the Book Review Editor for assistance at any stage of this process.

Tania Stech, EWJUS Book Review Editor