International educators are expressing a growing interest and need for specialized knowledge, research, and synthesis of emerging perspectives in a wide range of disciplines and fields. With that in mind, the Global Studies Literature Review (GSLR) project features a compilation of book reviews covering recent literature addressing a convergence of interests between professional and academic fields in many sectors:

  • The globalization and internationalization of higher education.
  • Increasing expectation of global competencies for professionals in the global business community.
  • The challenges of migration from legal educational and human rights perspectives.
  • The need for public diplomacy exchanges and policy-making professionals to function in the transnational and post-September 11 realities of the 21st century.

In some cases, the literature reviewed is directly applicable to the practice of international education; in others, it analyzes literature from other fields that cross over in both theoretical and practical ways.

Each issue of GSLR has a different theme which is announced via a "Call for Submissions" and includes a list of suggested books to review. We accept submissions of feature essays (covering more than one book of an author, genre, or discipline) and short book reviews for publication. Reviews submitted outside of the stated deadlines may be considered for publication and may be held until the next issue.

Guidelines for Submission of Book Reviews

  1. Feature essays compare and review 3-5 books in a short essay format of 1,000-1,500 words. Feature essays should address the relevance of the books to the field of international education and should draw upon the reviewer’s expertise in the topic. We encourage essays conceived as thought pieces that offer new insights, challenging or analyzing existing theories and practices in the field.
  2. Book reviews are short treatments of individual books composed in 500-600 words. Book reviews should provide an overview of the book and address 2-3 questions or ideas of relevance to international educators in relation to the theme of the issue
  3. Submissions should be emailed to [email protected] by the deadline stated on the Call for Submissions.

Submissions are considered and reviewed by the GSLR editorial team. Submissions are not guaranteed acceptance.

We have identified nine categories that may serve to organize the focus of GSLR reviews, listed below.

  1. Academic text books and disciplinary themes
  2. Comparative education
  3. Critiques and reform of higher education
  4. Global issues
    • Foreign policy and international relations
    • Development issues
    • Environmental issues
  5. Intercultural communication and language education
  6. International education and student affairs
  7. Internationalization and higher education: General
  8. Novels and creative writing
  9. Social justice and human rights

The editor of the GSLR collaborates with the TLS KC's Research and Scholarship network leader and NAFSA staff on each publication. We welcome your interest in the project and hope to attract a wide range of perspectives from across our profession. All who are interested are encouraged to submit a review.

Download the GSLR Submission Guidelines

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