1. SIGNIFICANCE OF THE ISSR
Pi Gamma Mu’s commitment to scholarship in the social sciences is manifested most tangibly through the publication of our peer-reviewed journal, the International Social Science Review. An edition of the ISSR appears each summer and another appears each winter. Each edition contains about four peer-reviewed articles. Each edition also contains about 15 book reviews, which are written by scholars and carefully polished for publication by the book-review editor and the editor-in-chief.
Pi Gamma Mu has two compelling reasons to publish an outstanding journal.
- The flagship honor society of the social sciences ought to encourage outstanding scholarship, and showcase it as an example for others.
- Our honor society can encourage the production of excellent scholarship by our members‑‑professors and students alike‑‑by providing an outlet for their research products.
We encourage our members to expose their research to public view by presenting papers at our triennial international conventions and by submitting them to the ISSR for peer review. We hope that this activity might encourage our student members to write not just papers that will placate their professors but to write inspired papers that will enlighten others. We hope that this activity might encourage our members‑‑professors and students alike‑‑to undertake research that will result in manuscripts that the peer-review process will find to be acceptable for publication.
2. SUBMITTING A MANUSCRIPT
The International Social Science Review invites the submission of manuscripts in history, political science, sociology, anthropology, economics, international relations, criminal justice, social work, psychology, social philosophy, history of education, and human/cultural geography.
Articles must be based on original research and be well-written. They must be word-processed in Times New Roman 12 font and double-spaced, and will preferably not exceed 30 pages (including endnotes). Endnotes and style must conform with Kate Turabian, A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations (7th ed.) and Chicago Manual of Style (16th ed.), respectively.
Deadline for submissions for publication in the spring edition is January 15 and for the fall edition is June 15.
An author who is interested in publishing in the ISSR should email a 100- to 150-word abstract of his or her manuscript, contact information (phone number, mailing address, and E‑mail address), and an abbreviated C.V. to:
Dr. Candice Quinn at [email protected]
Dr. Candice Quinn
Editor, International Social Science Review
3350 Whilabout Terrace,
Oakville, Ontario L6L 0A8
3. WRITING A BOOK REVIEW
The book-review editor of the Review is Dr. J. Laurence Hare of University of Arkansas-Fayetteville. His mailing address is:
Dr. J. Laurence Hare
Book Review Editor
International Social Science Review
Department of History
Old Main 511
University of Arkansas-Fayetteville
Fayetteville, AR 72701
Ordinarily, Dr. Hare has a number of books that publishers have sent to him in the hope that a book review will eventually appear in the Review. Twice a year, he sends out an E-mail seeking reviewers. If you would like to be added to his E-mail distribution list, please E-mail him at [email protected]. It is also possible to review a book that you choose yourself; however, we suggest that you check with Dr. Hare before undertaking the work involved in preparing the review: Tell him, for example, the author and title of the book that you are planning to read and about which you would like to write a book review. Ordinarily, the editors will not be interested in a review of a book that has been published more than 1½ years earlier.
There are eight basic features of a suitable book review. While the list of basic features is not intended to be inflexible, on the other hand the editors do not want to receive a non-critical, non-analytical summary of the book's "story." It is not necessary, or even desirable, that a book-review essay have eight sections to address the basic features in sequence. Normally, there is some integration of treatment of the features within the essay. For example, in discussing a particular chapter of the book, the book-review author might compare that chapter with other literature in the field, thus integrating two of the features in the same sentence(s).
The eight basic features are:
(1) SCOPE: The topic addressed in the book should be stated in the book review.
(2) THESIS: The author's main argument(s) should be identified in the book review.
(3) CONTENT: Some summary of the "story" (facts, anecdotes, other empirical evidence, and other content) should be provided (in moderation).
(4) CRITIQUE/EVALUATION: This is the reviewer's evaluation/analysis, both positive and negative, of the author's arguments, the book's content, evidence used by the author in making her argument, and the author's conclusions. This feature is the heart of the book review.
(5) OTHER LITERATURE IN THE FIELD (or HISTORIOGRAPHY): This is a description of the relationship of the book being reviewed to other literature previously published about the topic or closely related topics.
(6) CHARACTER OF RESEARCH: The reviewer takes note of the primary and secondary sources used by the author to make his argument.
(7) LITERARY QUALITY: Some attention, although brief, should be given to how the book reads as literature.
(8) CONCLUSION: At the end of the book review, the reviewer should offer a summarized positive or negative assessment of the book.
Please avoid the practice of structuring your book review with statements that "Chapter 1 begins with . . .," "Chapters 2 through 4 tell about . . ." The table of contents is ordinarily of little interest to ISSR readers. Let the substantive content structure your essay.
The length of the book review should be no more than 1000 words. At the top, the reviewer should reproduce the book's bibliographic entry (author's name, book title, edition if any, place of publication, publisher, year, number of pages, and price of book). At the bottom, the reviewer should provide his name, title, and institution, as follows:
J. Laurence Hare, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor – Department of History**
University of Arkansas-Fayetteville
** If you have more than one title (e.g., one academic title and one administrative title), write the title that you would prefer that we print in the Review.
Any reviewer who has access to a computer should submit her book review electronically. The review essay should be attached to an E-mail message and submitted to [email protected] as a Microsoft Word document.
Once a reviewer has accepted a book provided to the ISSR for the purpose of having it reviewed, the reviewer is expected to read the book and submit the essay within a period of 5 months.
In the case of a direct quotation from the book being reviewed, the passage should be surrounded by quotation marks and followed by the page number--e.g., (p. 100). In the case of a direct quotation from another book, or if the author of the book review wishes to make reference to another book, then an endnote in the format of the Turabian style manual is necessary. Example: The author departs from the norm reported by Gilmour and Harey, who wrote: "Characteristically, policy making has been accorded greatest attention at the macro level. . . ."1 The endnote would be: 1 Robert S. Gilmour and Alexis A. Halley, Who Makes Public Policy? The Struggle for Control between Congress and the Executive (Chatham, N. J.: Chatham House Publishers, 1994), p. 4. The need to cite direct quotations leads to another guideline, which is that book-review authors should rely as much as possible (almost entirely, if possible) on their own words and limit the use of direct quotations. Repeated use of direct quotations is rarely necessary, but, as stated above, will necessitate repeated citations, which will be very distracting. There may be instances where direct quotations are really necessary to make the point, and the book-review author will need to use his or her judgment about the necessity. In general, the guideline is: Whenever possible, use your own words.
The book-review editor will consider offers by a reviewer to do a comparative review of a plural number of books (usually between two and five) that are closely related to each other. In such cases, the 1000-word limit may be relaxed. But contact the book-review editor in advance before undertaking any such project.
4. ACCESSING THE ISSR
In 2014, the journal was moved to an open-access digital format and no longer requires a subscription. It can be accessed by using the following link digitalcommons.northgeorgia.edu/issr
5. HISTORY OF THE ISSR
Pi Gamma Mu began to publish a journal in November 1925. The journal was originally entitled Social Science. Dr. Leroy Allen, Pi Gamma Mu’s founder, was the editor of this quarterly publication until his death.
At the 1981 Board of Trustees meeting, the description of Pi Gamma Mu was changed from "National Social Science Honor Society" to "International Social Science Honor Society" at the request of the Philippine Alpha chapter at the University of the Philippines. The honor society had outgrown the borders of the United States in 1932, when Dr. W. Leon Godshall, who would later serve as Pi Gamma Mu’s fourth international president, organized a chapter at the University of the Philippines. Also, at the 1981 meeting, Pi Gamma Mu’s journal was renamed from Social Science to International Social Science Review to reflect the international reach of the society.
In 1994, the Board of Trustees decided for financial reasons to publish two double-issue editions per year.
In 2014, the Board of Trustees decided to move the journal to an open-access digital format. The journal no longer requires a subscription and can be accessed by following this link digitalcommons.northgeorgia.edu/issr