Book Review Guidelines

Trinity Journal accepts book reviews for publication. If you would like to join the list of potential reviewers for future publications, please complete our Reviewer Data Form.  Please note the following for submitting book reviews.


It is very important to have your book review done in the time frame requested when you agree to do a review. Generally, this is March first for the Spring issue and September first for the Fall issue.  Ideally, book reviews should appear as soon as possible after the publication of the book.

Additionally, by committing to review a title for the Trinity Journal, you receive a free copy of the book to be reviewed.  We understand that extenuating circumstances may occasionally prevent an individual from being able to write a review.  Under certain circumstances, if a reviewer is unable to complete the review in a timely manner, we may request that the review copy be returned.


Please use the following format for the heading of your review:

Author. Title. Place of publication: Publisher, Date of publication. No. of pages.  Price.

Please type your name as you wish it to appear in the review (no titles or degrees, please), along with your institution (school, church, organization), and its city and state (or country) at the end of the review.  Also, please include the address to which your offprints should be mailed.

Style & Content Guidelines

  1. The review should provide accurate information about the content of the book, which generally means that the contents of individual chapters should be adequately surveyed and summarized.  It may be helpful to provide brief information about the author and the background of the book (e.g., if the book is the result of a conference, the revision of a PhD dissertation, etc.).

  2. The review should evaluate the book’s strengths and weaknesses.

  3. The review should assess the book’s place in its field including comments on how the book fits in with other studies on similar topics, and on the potential value and impact of the book.

  4. The review should be written in concise, clear English, follow the Chicago Manual of Style or the SBL Handbook of Style.

  5. References to individuals (e.g., others in a given field, historical figures, opponents, etc.) should include both the first and last name (e.g., James Dunn, N. T. Wright, Alvin Plantinga, etc.).  It is understood some historical figures are most commonly referred to by one name (e.g., Origen, Augustine, etc.).

  6. For all Greek and Hebrew, Unicode is mandatory.  SBL Fonts must be used.


Book reviews should have a target word count of 900-1200 words.

Completed Reviews

Electronic copies (Word Documents only) can be uploaded through our online submission system at this address: Note that the book review editor reserves the right to decline unsolicited reviews.

Publishing Reviews Elsewhere

By committing to review, you are committing not to review it elsewhere.  Trinity Journal holds the copyright to your review.  Contributors who wish to repost their writing on personal blogs or websites after publication must receive permission from Trinity Journal.