Guidance for reviewers
Online reviews should be around 1,000 words long and focused on one book, exhibition, film, podcast or whatever. Given the focus of the journal, we are particularly interested in the way in which oral history is used within the object under review.
Normal house style applies for these reviews.
The online review should begin with the full title of the work in bold capitals, followed on a new line by the author/s, editor/s, producer/s in upper/lower case, then again on a new line the place of publication, the publisher, the date of publication, number of pages and price, and/or links (when applicable).
Reviewers should also provide a self-description not exceeding three lines in length, and add their name in upper/lower case bold to the end of the review.
Printed review essays
For the print version of the OHJ, we also publish review essays, which should be between 4,000 to 6,000 words and put at least three books (or films, exhibitions, etc.) in conversation with each other.
These essays offer an opportunity for a more expansive and reflective engagement with the texts in question than is possible in the shorter review format. Given the broader scope of these pieces, it is generally a good idea to have an exploratory conversation with the reviews editors before pitching or writing them.