The Importance of Book Reviews

The age-old academic adage of "publish or perish" still exists. Publishing a book can play a critical role in the future of any academic. However, one piece of that important puzzle plays an important role in the journals published by the JHU Press: Book reviews. Many of our 90 journals include reviews of important scholarship in each issue. These essays might not always get the attention of the other articles published by our journals, but the reviews play many critical roles in academic life. We interviewed Book Review editors from three of our journals to learn about the importance of the work they do.