Book Reviews

For inquires concerning book reviews, whether from potential reviewers or from publishers or authors who would like us to review a book, please contact our current Book Review Editor, Ethan Mills ( (Please also let us know if you are interested in taking part in editing book reviews for the blog).

We will consider reviews of books in any area of Indian philosophy (see our About page for more on the scope and mission of the blog). We aim to provide a forum for discussions between reviewers, authors, and members of our blog community. As such, we will attempt to contact the author(s) of any book reviewed with an invitation to respond to the review through comments on our blog.

If you would like to prepare a review for submission, please adhere to the following guidelines:

  1. If you are not sure whether a book is appropriate for the blog or if you would like a suggestion for a book to review, please contact the Book Review Editor. At this time we are generally unable to provide copies of books for reviewers. Typically, reviewers will be expected to obtain a copy on their own.
  2. We encourage reviews of books that are written in any language, but your book review itself should be written in English.
  3. Book reviews should be about 500-700 words in length. If the reviewer feels a longer review is warranted, reviews up to 1000-1200 words in length will be considered. Since online content is typically more condensed than print content, we aim to keep book reviews as succinct as possible.
  4. Whenever possible, it is preferred that words from Sanskrit and other languages appear in romanization with appropriate diacritical marks.
  5. Book reviews should begin with the bibliographic information of the book being reviewed in the following format. Here is a template and example of the format.
    • [Name of Author(s)]. [Title of the Book in Italics]. [Roman numeral pages] + [Number of Pages] pp., index/appendices [if necessary]. [City of Publication]: [Publisher], [Year Published]. $/€/£/Rs. [List Price] (hardcover/paperback/e-book).
    • [EXAMPLE] J. N. Mohanty. Classical Indian Philosophy. xi + 181 pp., index. Lanham: Rowman and Littlefield, 2000. $28.15 (paperback).
  6. Formal citations of work beyond the book being reviewed are often unnecessary, but if any works are cited, we prefer that you use either of the two formats from the Chicago Manual of Style (i.e., author-date or notes and bibliography). For information on the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition, see:
  7. Write your name and institutional affiliation (if applicable) at the end of the review.
  8. Submit your review in the text of an email to the Book Review Editor ( Do not use email attachments.
  9. All book reviews will undergo a peer review process prior to publication.
  10. If your review is accepted, we will attempt to contact that author(s) of the book you are reviewing, allowing them to respond to your review on the blog and you will be encouraged to take part in these discussions.

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