Yesterday I had my first ever academic book review published (find it in Veterinary Evidence here). I reviewed one of my favourite evidence-based practice books*, which I use a lot for my teaching practice, but also my research practice.
It made me think about the value of a book review. Writing it forced me to think about who I wrote it for, and how I would get my message (this book is awesome!) across in a fair and balanced manner. Ideally, this book review will be a helpful guide for those looking for help in writing systematic reviews, which can be both postgraduate students (MSc and doctoral level) and early career researchers. It was not easy to find a writing style which would be accessible to both.
However, I think I did a fair job, and although it is no a peer-reviewed output, I see the fact it has made it past editorial staff and editor review as an indicator of it’s quality. I hope it is of use to researchers. Feedback always welcome, and if you like the book, do let me know!
*To avoid any doubt, I have no financial or other gain from writing this review, nor am I in any way linked to it’s authors. I just really like the book.