Message from the editor:

We are accepting reviews of any scholarly book-length publication related to the field of United Nations studies, regardless of disciplinary, geographic, or chronological focus if they have been published in the last 2-3 years.

Due to the high demand for books on our book review list we have to limit the number of reviews per individual. ACUNS members are welcome to request and review up to 2 books per year, while non-members may request and review 1 book per year.

For more information on becoming an ACUNS member please click here.

If you have any questions about the book reviews please contact the editor ([email protected]).


Reviews should be between 1000-1500 words in length and written in a scholarly manner. Titles can be selected from our “Books Available for Review” list. If you would like to review a title not already included on our list, please enquire by sending an email to [email protected].

Clean drafts of reviews should be submitted not more than four months after you receive the book.

There is no required ‘standard’ review template, but the following points should be considered when crafting your submission:

  1. Include title of the book and name(s) of the author(s) in the introduction.
  2. Clearly outline the author’s objective and main argument, as well as provide constructive criticism on the author’s argumentation, clarity, and overall execution.
  3. Discuss the subject matter of the book; you may include topics/countries/cases examined.
  4. Explain the significance of the author’s approach and methodology (e.g. use of sources).
  5. Discuss scope and style of the work.
  6. Offer a general assessment of how the book contributes to our understanding of the subject at a general level. Reviews should situate books into existing literature and mention how a book challenges a narrative or adds nuance to an existing one.
  7. Evaluate approach and methodology used by the author.
  8. Books that advance significant new historiographical (re)interpretations should be clearly identified as such.
  9. Discuss the targeted audience.
  10. In the case of edited collections of essays or documents, we suggest reviewers focus on specific themes present throughout the book, rather than attempting to analyse each chapter individually.

A list of sample questions to consider:

  1. What is (are) the main argument(s) of the book? How plausible are these arguments?
  2. How does the book contribute to our understanding of the topic?
  3. Is the methodology, analysis, and/or theoretical approach chosen by the author appropriate?
  4. Does the book provide novel insights to the discipline? What contributions does the author make to the discipline?
  5. Who will benefit from reading the book?

Since ACUNS caters to a wide audience we encourage contributors to specify whom they would recommend the book to (e.g. general audience, academics, undergraduate or graduate classes, etc.). We also encourage our contributors to utilize prose that is clear and accessible. Before beginning your book review please read the submission guidelines carefully; in order to maintain consistency and quality, ACUNS reserves the right to decline to use any review that does not follow these guidelines. All reviews will be edited by the book review editor before publication on the website; however, reviews that require extensive revisions will not be accepted for publication.

Formatting your review before submitting:

Please include the following information at the beginning of your book review:

Book Information: Author(s), Title, (city where published, publisher), number of pages

  • Example: Dan Plesch and Thomas G. Weiss, Wartime Origins and the Future United Nations (London: Routledge, 2015), 227 pp.

Reviewed by: Name (affiliation)

PLEASE NOTE: When submitting your book review, please ensure you include two multimedia attachments as stipulated in the “Media” section of these guidelines.


ACUNS also requires contributors to incorporate photographs and audio/visual multimedia with their review submission (at least 2 images, but preferably other multimedia including relevant youtube or UN Multimedia material. The UN Multimedia site is particularly worth consulting as it is a treasure of historical and modern conflict photographs and audio/visual content that involve the United Nations. If you are searching the web, look for images with a creative commons licence. Google Advanced Image search allows you to select this as an option (at the bottom under Usage Rights) as does the popular online photo service Flickr. Images that appear with Wikipedia articles are, almost all, creative commons (clicking on the image will show you the rights). These are only a few freely available image options available to you.

If you are unsure about the copyright status of your media please forward all queries to our book review editor, ([email protected]).

Editorial Process and Publication Information:

Drafts submitted to the book review editor at ACUNS are forwarded to peer reviewers for consultation before being published. We ask that contributors address or constructively respond to the comments and suggestions made by the peer reviewers and editors to the best of their ability and in a timely manner. Submissions that require further editing prior to peer review process or do not meet ACUNS’s books review guidelines may be returned to authors with suggestions and comments from the editor.

We also require that reviews sent to ACUNS may not be submitted elsewhere for publication.

We look forward to working with you.

If you would like additional guidance please see the following sources: