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Editorial Note: Reevaluating Book Reviews: As Scientific Contributions

Forum: Qualitative Social Research. 2000;1(3)


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Journal Title: Forum: Qualitative Social Research

ISSN: 1438-5627 (Online)

Publisher: FQS

Society/Institution: Institut für Qualitative Forschung

LCC Subject Category: Social Sciences: Social sciences (General)

Country of publisher: Germany

Language of fulltext: Spanish, English, German

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Günter Mey (University of Applied Sciences Magdeburg-Stendal)


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Time From Submission to Publication: 20 weeks


Abstract | Full Text

In the first part of this text, I would like to describe some advantages book reviews offer. The book reviews—providing the fact that they succeed in offering more than just a short content description to the reader—can also contribute to scientific discourses in a similar way regular contributions do. One of the reasons why book reviews currently often do not fulfil this possible function is due to the existing restrictions within traditional print media publishing. Additionally worth mentioning are actual standards within the scientific community which tend to underestimate the value of book reviews or review essays. In the second part, I will discuss some developmental potentials in book reviews which up to now were hardly recognized: Especially with the Internet and its characteristics-nearly unlimited space resources; flexible publishing time and design of the contributions; chance for a direct exchange between researchers, for example using discussion boards—a re-evaluation of book reviews and review essays seems to be possible and reasonable. URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs0003400