West Virginia History




(February 2008)



Please use the following format as a header for your book review:


To Save the Land and People: A History of Opposition to Surface Coal Mining in Appalachia. By Chad Montrie. (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2003. Pp. xviii, 245.)


FORM:  Reviews should be single-sided, double-spaced, and between 500-600 words in length. Please submit the review in Word format using the Times New Roman font and 12 point type size.


CONTENT:  Please include in the review a brief summary of the scope, purpose, and content of the book, and an explanation of its significance in the literature on the subject. Include also an evaluation of the author’s use of available sources, organization and presentation of material, and achievement of his or her overall purpose. Your evaluation may be favorable or unfavorable, but the review should avoid personal references, express criticism in a respectful and balanced manner, and avoid irrelevant digressions. Do not list typographical or other minor errors; mention them only if they significantly impair the value of the book.


CITATIONS:  Please supply page numbers (e.g., 22 or 22-23) for all quoted phrases and passages. If you refer to other books or articles in your review, please provide complete bibliographical information, including the exact page citation. We will copyedit your review prior to publication. We will silently correct any errors we might find, and edit for clarity and accuracy.


SUBMISSION:  Please complete the review on the assigned date or inform the editor of your need for an extension. Submit your review in both of these formats:


1. an electronic version as an e-mail attachment to wvhistory@mail.wvu.edu


2. a paper version by regular mail to our office address


The above formats are ideal for our publication methods, but we can accept a paper version with an accompanying disc clearly labeled with the reviewer’s name. Faxed book reviews are entirely unusable and cannot be accepted.


Thank you in advance for your attention to these details.


Ken Fones-Wolf, Editor

West Virginia History

Department of History, P.O. Box 6303

West Virginia University

Morgantown, WV  26506

Tel.: 304-293-2421, x5240

E-mail: wvhistory@mail.wvu.edu