Website Review Guidelines

TCS logoTheory, Culture & Society Website Review Guidelines                                    

From 2014 onwards, TCS will concentrate on publishing book reviews online rather than in the journal pages of Theory, Culture & Society and Body & Society. This will enable us to publish a much greater quantity of reviews much more quickly.

A new team of website review editors will regularly commission book reviews. At the same time we are always interested in extending our panel of reviewers.  Should you wish to review books for TCS you should write to the website review editors with your biographical details and interests along with information on the proposed book. We are also interested in reviews of books published outside the English-speaking world.

If you are a book author or publisher and would like us to consider reviewing one of your books, we welcome email alerts and catalogues of recent and forthcoming titles. Once we have arranged for an author to write a review of a particular book, we will request that the publisher send the book direct to the reviewer. We also welcome hard copies of books for our consideration. Please contact us at:

Theory, Culture & Society Website Review Editors
Department of Sociology,
University of London


Please note that TCS does not accept unsolicited book reviews. 

The review should be emailed to the website review editors as a Microsoft Word (or equivalent) email attachment. The editorial office and publishers reserve the right to copyedit and proof all articles accepted for publication.

Instructions for Preparation

TCS Website Book Reviews should be 1,000-2,000 words; we also aim to publish shorter notes (about 500 words) on recently published books on our Blog. Both book reviews and shorter notes should not only give a general outline of the book, but also provide a critical reading of the book’s content.

The manuscript should be single-spaced and justified in 10-point Arial. It should not include headers or footers. There should be a new line between each paragraph with no indentation. Page Numbers should be presented as (152).

The book review must contain the publication and reviewer data above the main text, using this format:

Review of Vivian Ibraham and Margit Wunsch (eds.), Political Leadership, Nations and Charisma (Routledge, 2012), 208 pages, £85.00

Reviewed by Jerome Braun

Reviewers should add an abstract (max. 150 words), some keywords (5-7), and a brief biographical note that includes their email address (max. 100 words). As the reviews will be online, reviewers should also provide the cover image of the book (in a separate jpg file) with a link to the book’s page on the publisher’s website, as well as a further reading list of relevant material from the archives of Theory, Culture & Society, Body & Society and the TCS Book Series, as well as from the wider literature (with links where possible).

Format of References in the Text

To ensure that our referencing system is consistent with other Sage journals, TCS has now switched to the Harvard system.

SAGE Harvard

1. General

1. Initials should be used without spaces or full points.

2. Up to three authors may be listed. If more are provided, then list the first three authors and represent the rest by et al. Fewer authors followed by et al. is also acceptable.

2. Text citations

1. All references in the text and notes must be specified by the authors’ last names and date of publication together with page numbers if given.

2. Do not use ibid., op. cit., infra., supra. Instead, show the subsequent citation of the same source in the same way as the first.

3. Where et al. is used in textual citations, this should always be upright, not italic.

4. Check that all periodicals data are included – volume, issue and page numbers.

5. Journal titles should not be abbreviated in SAGE Harvard journal references

Note the following for the style of text citations:

1. If the author’s name is in the text, follow with year in parentheses:

… Author Last Name (year) has argued …

2. If author’s name is not in the text, insert last name, comma and year:

… several works (Author Last Name, year) have described …

3. Where appropriate, the page number follows the year, separated by a colon:

… it has been noted (Author Last Name, year: page nos) that …

4. Where there are two authors, give both names, joined by ‘and’; if three or more authors, use et al.:

… it has been stated (Author Last Name and Author Last Name, year) …

… some investigators (Author Last Name et al., year) …

5. If there is more than one reference to the same author and year, insert a, b, etc. in both the text and the list:

… it was described (Author Last Name, yeara, yearb) …

6. Enclose within a single pair of parentheses a series of references, separated by semicolons:

… and it has been noted (Author Last Name and Author Last Name, year; Author Last Name and Author Last Name, year; Author Last Name, year) …

Please order alphabetically by author names.

7. If two or more references by the same author are cited together, separate the dates with a comma:

… the author has stated this in several studies (Author Last Name, year, year, year, year) …

Please start with the oldest publication.

8. Enclose within the parentheses any brief phrase associated with the reference:

… several investigators have claimed this (but see Author Last Name, year: page nos–page nos)

9. For an institutional authorship, supply the minimum citation from the beginning of the complete reference:

… a recent statement (Name of Institution, year: page nos) …

… occupational data (Name of Bureau or Institution, year: page nos) reveal …

10. For authorless articles or studies, use the name of the magazine, journal, newspaper or sponsoring organization, and not the title of the article:

… it was stated (Name of Journal, year) that …

11. Citations from personal communications are not included in the reference list:

… has been hypothesized (Name of Person Cited, year, personal communication).

3. Reference list

Brown J (2003)

Brown TR and Yates P (2003)

Brown W (2002)

Brown W (2003a)

Brown W (2003b)

Brown W and Jones M (2003)

Brown W and Peters P (2003)

Brown W, Hughes J and Kent T (2003a)

Brown W, Kent T and Lewis S (2003b)

4. Reference styles


Blackman L (2012) Immaterial Bodies: Affect, Embodiment, Mediation. London: SAGE.

Book chapter

Friedman J (1988) Global crises, the struggle for cultural identity and intellectual porkbarrelling. In: Werbner P and Modood T (eds) Debating Cultural Hybridity. London: Zed Books, 110–127.

Journal article

Pieterse JN (1997) Multiculturalism and museums: Discourse and others in the age of globalization. Theory, Culture & Society 14(4): 23–46.

Journal article published ahead of print

Beer D and Burrows R (2013) Popular culture, digital archives and the new social life of data. Theory, Culture & Society. Epub ahead of print, 16 April 2013. DOI: 10.1177/0263276413476542.


National Center for Professional Certification (2002) Factors affecting organizational climate and retention. Available at: (accessed 10 July 2010).


Clark JM (2001) Referencing style for journals. PhD thesis, University of Leicester, UK.


Checklist before submitting

 Bibliographical information, price, link to book website
 Abstract
 Keywords
 References
 Author’s bio
 Twitter handle (optional)
 Short significant quote from the article (to be used for the social media image)

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