History of Pharmacy and Pharmaceuticals Review Guidelines

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History of Pharmacy and Pharmaceuticals Review Guidelines.

Thank you for agreeing to review for History of Pharmacy and Pharmaceuticals. We appreciate the time commitment that reviewing demands. To help with planning of future issues, we ask that you complete your review within eight weeks after receiving the book. The standard length is 600-800 words for a monograph, movie, or documentary, and 800-1,000 words for an edited collection or scholarly database. The length for comparative reviews will be determined by the review editors.

Reviews not only support the production of books in our field, but they also support and stimulate debate. We therefore ask that you seek to engage with the ambitions of a work and to summarize the type of evidence presented and the scope of material covered. It may help to outline how these are reflected in the book’s structure, but it is not always necessary to provide summaries of each chapter. We welcome your considered criticism of the book, especially with reference to other works in the field or to the larger historiography. It is also important to communicate to readers the target audience for the book and whether or not you recommend it.

Please visit our Books for Review page to see received books that are immediately available to be reviewed, and complete the History of Pharmacy and Pharmaceuticals Book Reviewer form if you are interested in reviewing books for HoPP.

Download a .pdf version of these complete Review Guidelines.

Please complete your review in Microsoft Word, and follow the formatting and stylistic guidelines and conventions from the Chicago Manual of Style. Please also follow the bibliographic format provided below. Pharmacy in History style omits titles for reviewers.

Mike Jay, Mescaline: A Global History of the First Psychedelic. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2019; 304 pp; 16 color & 12 b/w illus.; ISBN: 9780300231076; cloth; $26.00; https://doi.org/10.2307/j.ctvgc61q9.

Lucas Richert, University of Wisconsin–Madison

If you directly quote from the book in your review, please provide page numbers in parentheses, e.g.: (p. 9), to help the reader. Reviewers may use footnotes to cite included substantive material or quotations from sources other than the book being reviewed.

Please return your review to the commissioning editor, who will manage the review through the History of Pharmacy and Pharmaceuticals publishing system.

After your review is published, you will receive a high-quality .pdf of the review, and you will have the opportunity to purchase author’s copies of the issue of the journal at a reduced price.

Thank you again for contributing to the publication of History of Pharmacy and Pharmaceuticals

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