Good afternoon editorial board members, authors, reviewers and colleagues associated with the Journal of Poverty and Public Policy.
As we approach our forthcoming issues, we are writing to solicit reviews of books for our Book Review section.
I am writing on behalf of the Journal of Poverty and Public Policy to offer you and the graduate students with whom you work the opportunity to be part of a journal that focuses on global and domestic issues of poverty and policy.
I and the Journal invite reviews of books related to themes of global and domestic issues of poverty and public policy.
I am the Book Review editor for Poverty & Public Policy [as you are aware, this is a global journal that publishes the best and most relevant policy research on poverty, income distribution, and welfare programs, across the spectrum of disciplines, academic perspectives, and approaches), with which you have previously published a scholarly article. The journal is published on behalf of the Policy Studies Organization (http://www.psocommons.org/ppp), and is published by the Wiley Online Press (http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1002/%28ISSN%291944-2858).]
We currently have a number of books that are awaiting reviewers and have a dearth of scholars willing to review these interesting, pertinent and important works. We will gladly send you a complimentary copy of one of these books should you choose to review ir for the Journal.
We also welcome reviews of books that you, more junior colleagues, and/or graduate students with whom you are working would find relevant and useful in their own research that relate to our themes surrounding global and domestic issues of poverty and public policy. We are happy to help you obtain a complimentary copy of a book you/a colleague/graduate student selects as well if used for a review for publication with the Journal of Poverty & Public Policy.
Here is a list of books we currently are seeking to have reviewed – if you would like to review one, or have a graduate student who would benefit from carefully reading and reviewing one of these books – we will mail you a complimentary copy:
Brodkin, Evelyn and Gregory Marsten, Eds
Work and the Welfare State: Street-Level Organizations and Workfare Politics
George Washington University Press
Gestrich, Andreas, Elizabeth Hurren and Steven King, Eds
Poverty and Sickness in Modern Europe: Narratives of the Sick Poor, 1780-1938
Continuum International Publishing Group
Red Tape: Bureaucracy, Structural Violence and Poverty in India
Duke University Press
Pereira, Luiz Carlos
Globalization and Competition: Why Some Emergent Countries Succeed while Others Fall Behind
Cambridge University Press
Phelps, Wesley G.
A People’s War on Poverty: Urban Politics and Grassroots Activists in Houston
University of Georgia Press
Pick, Susan and Jenna T. Sirkin
Breaking the Poverty Cycle: The Human Basis for Sustainable Development
Oxford University Press
Shildrick, Tracy, Robert MacDonald, Colin Webster, and Kayleigh Garthwaite
Poverty and Insecurity: Life in low-pay, no-pay Britain
The Policy Press c/o University of Chicago Press
Skidmore, Max J.
Bulwarks Against Poverty in America: Social Security, Medicare, and the Affordable Care Act
Troxell, Richard R.
Looking Up at the Bottom Line: The Struggle for the Living Wage
Plain View Press
Why Write a Book Review?
Writing book reviews is not only the easiest and quickest route to publication, it is a good way to improve writing skills, develop analytical skills, learn how the journal publishing process works, and get to know editors. Since some libraries can’t buy books unless they have been reviewed and many individuals won’t buy books unless they have read a review, reviewing books can definitely advance your field. Indeed, scholars in smaller fields sometimes get together and assign books for review so that every book published in their field is reviewed somewhere.
While book reviews do not “count” as much on a curriculum vitae as an academic essay, they are an important facet to the academic arena and can be foundational to entering the publication field for graduate students and junior scholars.
About the Journal – Aims and Scope
Poverty is worldwide, but empirical studies of poverty, income distribution, and low-income aid programs for citizens have thus far been more common in America, Canada, Australia, and the major industrial nations of Europe. American and Canadian studies of poverty, income issues, and social welfare programs have, to an extent, been insular in scope.
Poverty & Public Policy (PPP) is a global journal. In much of the world, including Central and South America, Africa, the Middle East and much of Asia, there are important studies of poverty, income and aid programs; little has been integrated into the scholarly literature, however, which is an oversight this journal aims to correct.
Poverty & Public Policy publishes quality research on poverty, income distribution, and welfare programs from scholars around the globe. PPP is eclectic, publishing peer-reviewed empirical studies, peer-reviewed theoretical essays on approaches to poverty and social welfare, book reviews, data sets, edited blogs, and incipient data from scholars, aid workers and other hands-on officials in less developed nations and nations that are just beginning to focus on these problems in a scientific fashion.
If you have any questions about the Book Review process or the Journal of Poverty & Public Policy in general, please do not hesitate to contact me, or our managing editors :
Max J. Skidmore, University of Missouri at Kansas City
Dan Stroud, University of Missouri at Kansas City
Thank you for your time, consideration and on-going support of and collaboration with the Journal of Poverty & Public Policy. The Journal has grown quickly over the past few years, revealing the importance its articles and reviews add to our knowledge and practice in the fields of poverty and public policy. The journal could not have such an impact without your continued support. We look forward to continuing to work with you as part of the Journal of Poverty & Public Policy.
Dr. Virginia Beard
Associate Professor, Political Science
207 Lubbers Hall
Book Review Editor
Journal of Poverty & Public Policy