How to Submit a Review

If you're interested in reviewing books for Computing Now, please send one of the department editors your name, postal address, educational and professional background, and research interests.

After your request is approved, you will be added to our team of reviewers. The department editor will contact you with a specific assignment based on your interests; if you accept, the staff editor will send you the book, information on the review deadline, and the expected publishing date.

Before writing your review, please read our reviewer guidelines, which describe our length and content requirements and offer a sample review. We expect reviews to be similar in quality to the other material we publish, and we reserve the right to reject reviews if necessary.

Your book review will be edited to follow the IEEE Computer Society house style (for more information, please read our editing philosophy).

We assume that reviews submitted to us are for our exclusive use. Authors must sign a release form transferring copyright to the IEEE (excepting certain key rights retained by the author) before we can publish a review. The author must secure all necessary copyright clearances.


Reviewer Guidelines

Thank you for your interest in reviewing books for Computing Now. Here are some suggestions for composing your review.

  • Reviewer information: Please provide your complete contact information: name, current position and affiliation, email address, postal address, and fax and phone numbers. (We will not publish your postal address, fax, or phone number.)
  • Publishing details: Please include complete publishing details: title, author(s), publisher, year published, ISBN, and number of pages.
  • For page numbers, take the last numbered page in the book and add any appendices.
  • Length: Your review's length depends entirely on what you have to say. Some books will be worth more detail then others. As a loose guideline, aim for 400 to 1,000 words.
  • Title: Suggest a title of eight or fewer words.
  • Introduction: The introduction should be concise, one to three paragraphs. You might discuss a personal anecdote or your experience with the book's topic, summarize what readers can expect to gain from reading the book, or present the author's objectives and whether the author achieves them.
  • Review body: An informal, conversational tone is best. A review is first and foremost your opinion. Give the reader an idea of the book's contents, but do not give a chapter-by-chapter account. Instead, support your introductory opinions and add any points, whether positive or negative, that the reader might find interesting. Writing "Chapter 1 does this, chapter 2 does that, and so on" is not as effective as describing specific chapters that support your assessment of the book's strengths and weaknesses. However, if certain chapters or appendices are valuable because they are exceptionally well written or provide new insights into the material, they are worth mentioning.

Other questions to answer in the review are:

  • Must the book be used with other books to be useful?
  • Was it easy to read and accurate (with few noticeable typographical errors)?
  • Does it satisfy a need by bringing new information to the body of published work?
  • Would the book be suitable as a textbook? At what level (introductory, undergraduate, or graduate) and for what curriculum?
  • Does the book invite a comparison with another text? If so, please give the author's name, book title, publisher, and year published. (Do not use material from the book's cover or the publisher's Web site.)
  • Conclusion: Explain why you think readers should or should not acquire the book. Be honest but not biting. Don't recommend a book simply out of generosity. Your responsibility is to your colleagues with limited funds and time.