Book Review Manuscript Guidelines

Submission Location

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General Guidelines

  • Reviews will be formatted into 9 sections: Title, book information, Content, Purpose, Audience, Description, Features, Assessment, and References.

  • Books reviewed should not be more than three years old.

  • The books reviewed should be on Taekwondo, combat sports, martial arts, or any scientific subject related to sports science relevant to Taekwondo or martial arts in general.

  • Reviews should be limited to 600-800 words.


The title should indicate that the manuscript is a book review. For example, the following are suggested title formats:


  • A Review of BOOK’S NAME by AUTHOR’S NAME

  • A Critical Look at BOOK’S NAME by AUTHOR’S NAME



Book Information

Author. Date of publication. Title. Place of publication: Publisher. ISBN number. Number of pages. Price.


For example:

Donn F. Draeger. 2007. Martial Arts and Ways of Japan, 4th printing. Boston, MA: Shambhala Publications, Inc. ISBN-10: 0834802333. 112 pages. $22.95.



Book reviews should be divided into the following sections: Purpose, Audience, Description, Features, and Assessment.



Give a short description of the book’s purpose or theme(s). It also provides a statement of how the book fits within its field (i.e., its relevance to similar books). Reviewers should endeavor to write this section in no more than two or three sentences.



Provide a statement about the book’s intended audience and who would find it useful. It should be no longer than one or two sentences.



Summarize the book briefly in a couple of paragraphs. They should mention a few chapter titles and highlight the chapters that are exceptional and/or less than ideal.



Mention any unique or important features of the book within one paragraph. The effectiveness of the layout; organization; use of tables, charts, and/or graphs; and writing style can be discussed as well.



Evaluate the book’s strengths and weaknesses in one or more paragraphs. Most importantly, evaluate the methods and information sources (if any) that were used. Discuss how the book’s potential value to and impact on its field. If not obvious, state how the book is related to Taekwondo or martial art research.


Rate the overall quality of the book in the final sentences of the review. Evaluate the book by grading it out of 5 stars where 1 star (poor) is the lowest score, 3 stars (good) is average quality, and 5 stars (exceptional) is a work of the highest quality. For example: “We give this book 4/5 stars for its excellent contribution to the field and where the only detractions were the aforementioned misleading graphs.”



  • References should be listed in alphabetical order and numbered.

  • All authors should be listed in each citation in the Reference section; (i.e., “et al.” should not appear in any reference).

  • Limit the number of references to 30.

  • All references must be included in the text and cited by number [e.g., (1,2,3)].

  • The designated format of references is that of the United States National Library of Medicine [Patria K. National Library of Medicine Recommended Formats for Bibliographic Citation. Bethesda (MD): The Library; 1991) and used in Index Medicus. Examples are:



Armstrong LE. Performance in extreme environments. 1st ed. Champaign (IL): Human Kinetics; 2000. p. 103-4.

Segal SS, Bearden SE. Organization and control of circulation in skeletal muscle. In: Tipton CM, Sawka MN, Tate CA, Terjung RL, editors. ACSM’s Advanced Exercise Physiology. Philadelphia: Lippincott, William & Wilkins; 2006. p. 343-56

Journal Article

Toskovic NN, Blessing D, Williford HN. Physiological profile of recreational male and female novice and experienced tae kwon do practitioners. Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness. 2004; 44(2):164-72.


Vickers, AJ. Time course of muscle soreness following different types of exercise. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders [Internet]. 2001 [cited 2001 May 31];2(5).

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The language of publication is English. Authors whose primary language is not English are encouraged to seek assistance from an individual that has experience in writing for English language journals.



  • Write the entire manuscript in single space, 12-point Times New Roman font.

  • Indent all paragraphs.

  • Section titles (e.g., “Introduction,” “Results,” “References,” etc. should be bold.

  • Section titles should be in bold with all content words (nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs) capitalized.

  • Subsections titles (e.g., “Case Study 1,” “Limitations to the Study,” etc. should be in italics.

  • Subsection titles should be italics with only the first word and proper nouns capitalized.


Review Process

All book reviews will undergo a review process similar to that of a research article. Authors should submit their manuscripts via the ATMA website. Once submitted, two expert reviewers will evaluate the manuscript and send the author any comments and/or queries for necessary edits via the Editor-in-Chief and Associate Editors. The book review will only be published after authors edit and return the review.

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