Guidelines for Reviewers

To be most effective, your review should locate the book in relation to research in the field, address critically the question of its methods, and comment on some of its key results. It is important to bear in mind that reviews in Aestimatio are not bound by extrinsic questions of length. Indeed, you are free to engage the book critically in a manner and at a length that you think will be useful to our readers.

Preparing reviews

Please remember that our readers, though perhaps expert in some area of the history of science, may well be unfamiliar with the particular subject of the book that you are reviewing and how it bears on the ideas and practices of pre-modern science. Please remember as well that reviews may have consequences in the long term; and that while disagreements may be serious and important, reviewers should avoid inflammatory language and aim for criticism that is fair, balanced, respectful, and focused on the work written, not on the author.

In matters of style, we ask that you consult our published reviews at

If you cite modern works and editions, note that Aestimatio has adopted the author-year system that includes a proper bibliography.

Please note: with the latest changes in our typesetting software, we can now read accented characters and non-Roman scripts directly from a sources file. Accordingly, we ask that you use a Unicode font in preparing your review. It does not matter which Unicode font: all we require is that you use one to enter any Greek text, say. Those who do not have a Unicode font might consider open source (free) fonts such as SIL Gentium and the Brill Typeface. Either of these will serve very nicely.

If you have any questions about the review or run into difficulties that will affect the time needed to prepare the review, please advise the Editor as soon as possible.

Submitting reviews

Please submit reviews by means of an email message to the Editor, with two digital files as attachments. The first should be a .doc, .docx, or .rtf file; and the second, a .pdf file which we will consult in addressing questions of layout and format.

Alan C. Bowen
Editor, Aestimatio

2 Feb 2016