What do we accept, and from whom?
We primarily publish work from graduates of the
University of Oxford, but have from time to time accepted manuscripts
from others from within and outside the University.
The Oxonian Review of Books generally publishes
essays and book reviews between 1000-3000 words in length; reviews
of theatre, film, music and art may be of shorter length. All
pieces will be judged on their individual merits. We look for
clarity and accessibility as well as depth and rigour. We assume
an intelligent, interested audience capable of understanding
a sustained discussion, but not necessarily familiar with the
terms used in a specific field. In longer articles, we prefer
pieces that include a balanced, contextual discussion of the
work and a well-articulated response.
Submission and editorial procedures
The Oxonian Review of Books welcomes the submission
of unsolicited articles, but prefers prospective authors to
propose a topic first to the editorial staff. All submitted
articles are subject to blind review.
Every piece submitted and accepted is likely to
undergo multiple rounds of editing, fact-checking and (in some
cases) cutting for publication. We reserve the right to edit
pieces for stylistic purposes, but make every attempt to consult
All editorial inquiries should be directed to
the Editor-in-Chief, Tim Soutphommasane.
Oxford OX1 3BJ