Book Review Guide

As we strive to best understand the needs and interests of social science scholars, surveying and reporting on recent cutting-edge scholarship is a responsibility of Social Science Diliman: A Philippine Journal of Society and Change (SSD). Thus, reviewing books is also one of SSD’s primary considerations.

Reviews are scholarly works that showcase and critically assess emerging trends and developments in knowledge production. It also allows the reviewer to engage with both the author of the book and its readers. Reviews should be approximately 1,200–1,500 words with the following content:

  • Introduction, including author’s name, book title, and the main theme
  • Summary of content
  • Analysis and evaluation of the book
  • Conclusion
  • Reviewer’s name, affiliation, and institutional email address

SSD selects and invites reviewers based on the relevance of their expertise in relation to the book under review. Reviewers are expected to compose thoughtful and engaging critiques that explain the basic arguments of a book, evaluate its strengths and weaknesses, and situate the work within the broader scholarly field. Reviews should include bibliographic information, if necessary.