International Association of Facilitators

Group Facilitation: A Research and Applications Journal

Book Review Guidelines

Group Facilitation: A Research and Applications Journal presents critical and comparative reviews of recent and classic books related to group facilitation. These guidelines include recommendations for writing and submitting a review, information about the review cycle and reviewer qualifications.

What we are looking for:

  • people familiar with the conceptual and practical sides of facilitation and who are willing to spend the time required to write interesting and thought provoking reviews.
  • reviews of books that address facilitation and related issues, such as consensus decision making, participatory problem solving and group decision-making.
  • in-depth and critical reviews that help readers decide whether or not the books reviewed are ones that they should consider reading.
  • comparative reviews of two or more books that differentiate, compare and contrast the books and thoroughly examine the strengths and weaknesses.
  • reviews that place the book in the context of other literature.

When writing a review, please include:

  • overall impression of the book
  • the highlights and structure of the book
  • for whom the book would be appropriate
  • what you found particularly helpful, unclear, weak
  • your personal learning, if any
  • particular benefits to you in your facilitation, if any
  • value of the book for facilitators, if any
  • significant contribution of the book, if any, to the field of facilitation
  • your recommendation of "must read" portions of the book, if any
  • a summary or wrap-up of your reading experience.

In addition:

  • provide definitions of terms, acronyms, references, and background summary statements where appropriate.
  • where necessary, be sure to include complete citations and attributions.
  • identify specific texts (usually a sentence or phrase) for possible use in pull quotes.
  • publisher; ISBN designation; price ($US); where to purchase (i.e all major bookstores or telephone number for direct ordering if the book is not widely available commercially).
  • background about the book author: facilitation experience and/or other writings.

Submitting a Review

  • Reviews are typically between 1,000 and 3,000 words. Submissions should be sent via email in Microsoft Word, WordPerfect or Rich Text (RTF) format.
  • If you are interested in being considered as a possible book reviewer for the Journal, please send a writing sample of 500 - 1000 words to Stephen Thorpe, Editor