Guidelines for Reviewers
Reviews of reference books, works of professional interest, CD-ROMs, and websites are expected to include descriptions, evaluations, and critical comments (preferably in this sequence).
The descriptive part should acquaint the reader with both the purpose and contents of the work. Basic information about the author or producer, and the work itself (part of a series, illustrations, etc.) may be included in this portion of the review.
The evaluation of the material should consist of an objective examination of the contents, a spot-checking of sources, and summarization of findings (whether the work meets the stated objectives of the author or producer, whether the work meets scholarly standards, etc.). Critical comments pertaining to the technical aspects of the work (arrangement of material, order of chapters, bibliography, functionality of the interface, etc.) may be included in this section.
Basic criticism, including the reviewer's opinions and final judgment of the work, should be placed toward the end of the review.
Note to publishers: Judaica publications other than reference books, works of professional interest, and new periodicals should be sent to review editors for the AJL Newsletter.