Journal of Women & Aging Call for Professional Book Reviews

Journal of Women & Aging

The Journal of Women & Aging (JWA) welcomes the opportunity to publish reviews of current books in women and aging, and related fields. Book reviews are either solicited by the editor or may be offered unsolicited by prospective reviewers. Selected issues of the journal are theme related, while others are general in focus.

The Journal of Women & Aging is a peer-reviewed journal that provides practitioners, educators, researchers, and administrators with a comprehensive guide to the unique challenges facing women in their later years. Committed to promoting educational equity, cross-cultural understanding, and global awareness in all levels of education, JWA publishes four issues a year.

Book Review Procedures and Criteria

How do I become a book reviewer?
If you would like to be a reviewer, please submit your CV/Resume to the book review editor. Please list your areas of interest and expertise as part of your biographical information. You will be provided with a list of books to select from or you can suggest a book which will be requested from the publisher by the editor and sent to you for your review. Please contact the Book Review Editor (Francine Conway: to obtain a review copy.

What is the criteria for the book review?
Final acceptance for publication is the decision of the review editor. Reviews will be considered based on the following criteria:

  • Does the review provide readers with a clear understanding of the author’s thesis and the book’s content?
  • Does the reviewer present a thoughtful and reasoned evaluation of the text?
  • Is the tone of the review professional? If suggestions for improvement are made, 
are they stated clearly and with respect?
  • Does the review adhere to editorial standards of unity, coherence, and emphasis? 
Is it well written?
  • Has the reviewer followed the specific format and length requirement (800 word limit)?
  • Does it follow the format according to the Review Template? 
Please follow the following guidelines for submissions:
  • Submissions should not be under review by other publications.
  • Reviews must be written according to the most recent edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.
  • Reviews should be written in English without highly technical terms or jargon. Keep in mind that the audience for your review will be multicultural educators of all educational levels.
  • The review must not exceed 800 words. List your exact title, affiliation, address, email, and phone number at the end of the review (these do not count towards the 800 words). Please submit the review electronically as a word document and email a signed PDF of the copyright form.

Be aware that your review will be edited, and it is not uncommon for revisions to be requested. Revision of a manuscript does not guarantee publication.

Submission Instructions

What are the deadlines for submissions?
Below is an example of the book reviews submission deadlines. Please note that at times book reviews may be published on a different schedule depending on the number of accepted reviews. 

Issue 1
Review Submitted:
October 1st                  
October 15th      
Publication Deadline:
November 7th 
Issue 2
Review Submitted:
December 1st                  
December 15th      
Publication Deadline:
January 4th
Issue 3
Review Submitted:
February 1st                  
February 15th      
Publication Deadline:
March 10th
Issue 4
Review Submitted:
April 1st                        
April 15th          
Publication Deadline:
May 10th
Issue 5
Review Submitted:
June 1st                        
June 15th            
Publication Deadline:
July 13th  
Issue 6
Review Submitted:
August 1st                  
August 15th      
Publication Deadline:
September 8th

How do I submit a book review?
To submit your book review, email the review to:
Francine Conway, PhD
Dean and Distinguished Professor
Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
152 Frelinghuysen Road
Piscataway, NJ, 08854
Ph: 848.445.2325

If you have questions or require further clarification, do not hesitate to contact me. I look forward to working with you.