The Association’s tri-annual newsletter provides a combination of review articles, topical features, and announcements of recent publications relating to the world of Victorian studies.
The Newsletter Editor is Clare Stainthorp and the Editorial Assistant is Sarah Wride. They warmly welcomes submissions for future issues (see guidelines below). Please contact them with any items for inclusion at BAVSnews@gmail.com.
Calls for papers and details of forthcoming events related to Victorian studies are shared on The Victorianist and are sent out regularly to all members via the BAVS Circular.
The BAVS Newsletter is always looking for new reviewers, particularly among postgraduate, early-career and independent researchers. To express an interest in reviewing, please include your name, affiliation (if applicable), current status and five research keywords in an email to the Editor, Clare Stainthorp (BAVSnews@gmail.com). Books recently recieved and awaiting review are listed at the bottom of this page. Reviewers will be required to join BAVS if they have not done so already. Authors, editors and publishers of recent work on any aspect of Victorian history, literature and culture are also invited to suggest future titles by emailing the same address. Reviews printed in the BAVS Newsletter are distributed to over 600 members around the world and then archived here, on our open-access website. Reviews will be returned to each book’s publisher to aid their publicity efforts.
A full summary of our guidelines will be sent with the title for review, but the key points are as follows:
All book review submissions go through an editorial review process, which may entail requests for revision prior to publication. Please note that the editors work with the BAVS Executive Committee to ensure that quality standards are maintained, and in some instances this may necessitate a blind peer review process.
The BAVS newsletter appears three times a year and so it usually more suitable to send time-sensitive announcements such as calls for papers and details of forthcoming events to The Victorianist, through which they will be sent to members via the BAVS Circular. However, if you wish to submit an announcement to the newsletter, please follow the following guidelines:
This is a list of books that are available to be sent out to reviewers. Please contact Clare and Sarah at BAVSnews@gmail.com if you are interested in reviewing one of them. Please include the title of the book for review, a brief statement on your expertise/fields of interest, and confirmation that you are a member of BAVS.
If your are interested in reviewing a recent book that is not listed here, you are welcome to contact us via email to discuss whether that would be possible. Authors, editors and publishers of recent work on any aspect of Victorian history, literature and culture are also invited to get in touch to suggest titles for review.
All contributors to the BAVS Newsletter are provided with our Guidance Document (PDF), which provides the bare bones of what we expect from a review in terms of form and content. But what distinguishes an interesting, engaging, and useful review from one that is simply a chapter overview? Opinions differ, but we can recommend the following short pieces on the art of reviewing to prompt reflection on this often-tricky form of academic writing:
With thanks to all those on Twitter who helped to source these recommendations. Further reading suggestions can be found in this thread.