Business and Professional Communication Quarterly

Dr. Melinda Knight, the Program Director of the Center for Writing Excellence at Montclair State University, is the editor of Business and Professional Communication Quarterly (BPCQ). This page provides information regarding BPCQ Book Reviews. Information regarding the journal may be found at the Sage Journals: Business and Professional Communication Quarterly website.  (Please note that BPCQ is the new name of Business Communication Quarterly.)

Overview | Book Reviews in our Current IssueGuidelines for ReviewersBook Review Archives / Sample Book Reviews

BPCQ Book Review Overview

Business and Professional Communication Quarterly (BPCQ) is an official publication of the Association for Business Communication. It is published quarterly in March, June, September, and December. Detailed information regarding BPCQ can be found at Sage Journals Online: BCQ.

This website provides information for submitting reviews to BPCQ's Book Review section. BPCQ publishes reviews of scholarly monographs, trade books, new media, and new textbooks relevant to business and professional communication pedagogy. See below for details.

If you are interested in reviewing a specific title for BPCQ, please contact the Book Review Editor and also check the BPCQ book review archives, in order to reduce the possibility of duplicate reviews.  Make sure your review adheres to BPCQ Book Review guidelines. Submit your completed review through BPCQ Manuscript Central.

After you have submitted your review through BCQ Manuscript Central, you will receive a response within approximately 30 days indicating one of the following decisions: Accept, Minor Revision (revise and resubmit), Major Revision (revise and resubmit), or Reject.

For further information, contact the Book Review Editor:
Lenny Grant, Syracuse University

Book Reviews in Our Current Issue

See the Table of Contents for the current issue of BPCQ, including book reviews, at the BPCQ website. Note that access to the articles and reviews requires subscription to BPCQ Online.

Guidelines for Reviewers

Length | Objectives | Format | Citations & References | Submission


A review of a single book generally runs 1000-2000 words (about 2-3 single-spaced pages).

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Objectives & Style

  1. The most important apect of a book review for BPCQ is its value for BPCQ readers.  In selecting a book to review, make sure it is one you can recommend to our readers.  That does not mean that you have to like everything about the book, but we generally do not publish unfavorable or negative reviews. Reviews may cover textbooks, scholarly monographs, trade books, and new media relevant to business communication pedagogy.
  2. In general a book review should specify the audience for a particular book, its purpose, and its application to teaching business communication in the academy or the workplace. A review should contain enough detail so that our readers know what the book is about. An overview of the book’s structure (for example, by section or chapter) can be very helpful, but the review should not be organized around a simple "chapter-by-chapter" summary; instead, the review should demonstrate careful reflection and consideration of the book's major points, making it clear how those points connect to each other and, ideally, how those points reinforce or challenge established thinking in the field.
  3. Make sure to provide an assessment of the extent to which the book meets the needs of its intended readers and achieves its purpose.  If appropriate, include a comparison with a previous edition or similar book in the field.
  4. Keep in mind that BPCQ is an international, interdisciplinary journal.  That means our readers welcome reviews with global perspectives.
  5. BPCQ reviews should be written in a clear, easy-to-follow style. Reviews that require extensive editing for organization, grammar, punctuation, and/or mechanics will not be accepted (although, in some cases, we may ask that you revise and resubmit).
  6. All references must follow APA style (see "Citations & References" below).
  7. In the conclusion, emphasize again the value of the book for BPCQ readers.

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  1. Use 12-point Times New Roman, single-spaced.
  2. At the beginning of your review, list the following information:
    Title of the book
    Author(s) or editor(s). Place of publication, publisher, year of publication. Number of pages.
    Your first name, your last name, your institution or organization.
  3. At the end of your review, include an author note, which follows the following format:
    Address correspondence to AUTHOR NAME, ADDRESS (address lines separated by commas); email: EMAIL ADDRESS

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Citations & References

Follow the guidelines in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed., 2010) for all citations and, if needed, a references page. For points not covered in the APA manual, refer to the Chicago Manual of Style (16th ed., 2010).

> See
> See APA Style: The Social Sciences

Because you have just 1000-2000 words to evaluate the book, paraphrase or quote only when it will help you illustrate a claim. For example, direct quotations are often useful to illustrate claims about an author's style. If you paraphrase or quote from the book that you are reviewing, cite the page number in an in-text citation:

The authors claim that negative face is a person's need for autonomy and freedom from imposition (p. 62).

If you paraphrase or quote from a different source, cite the author, year, and page number in the clause:

Rather than cite research to support a claim about readability, Crystal (2001) makes an assumption, stating, “Scrolling down is bound to interfere with our ability to perceive, attend to, assimilate, and remember text” (p. 199). Crystal (2001) states, “Scrolling down is bound to interfere with our ability to perceive, attend to, assimilate, and remember text” (p. 199); but he does not support this claim.

Rather than cite research to support this claim, he makes an assumption, stating, “Scrolling down is bound to interfere with our ability to perceive, attend to, assimilate, and remember text” (Crystal, 2001, p. 199).

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Reviews are not accepted via email.

Reviews must be submitted via the Manuscript Central online submission system: When asked for the named of the review, write "Review of" followed by the name of the book (e.g., "Review of Managing Performance Improvement").

You will be required to complete and submit a "Contributor Agreement Form" through Manuscript Central at the time of submission.

All reviews must adhere to BCQ guidelines and APA style.

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Note: We strongly suggest that potential reviewers read some of the more recent book reviews published in BPCQ in order to familiarize themselves with BPCQ Book Review standards and style. See

Book Review Archives / Sample Reviews

See the BPCQ website for access to archives of all past reviews, from 1969 to the present (requires subscription to BPCQ Online to access PDF of full reviews).

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