Submission Terms & Conditions
School Library Journal’s reviews are both positive and negative, and make recommendations both for and against purchase. Our reviewers are encouraged to compare newer titles to materials that are already held in most library collections serving children and young adults. Each title is evaluated on its literary and illustrative quality or on its clarity and accuracy of presentation.
Submission does not guarantee review. Due to the great volume of materials submitted and space limitations, we cannot review every submission. The editors decide which books and multimedia materials to review based upon potential interest to SLJ readers. All submissions of books and multimedia materials become the sole property of Mediasource, Inc.; requests for return of materials or other restrictions cannot be honored.
If a review is scheduled for publication, notification will generally be sent to the publisher shortly before the magazine is available; at this time, all reviews are final and not subject to change. Due to the volume of submissions and reviews in progress, it is not always possible to communicate with every publisher about the status of every review. However, should you like to check on the arrival of review materials or the status of a submission, please email Kent Turner firstname.lastname@example.org.
School Library Journal reviews new children’s and young adult general trade books, original paperbacks, and reference books from established publishers. The reviews are available in our monthly magazine and online. In order to be considered for review, books must be of national interest and be readily available from national distributors at an institutional discount. Two copies of the book must be received at least two months before the month of publication. Books received later than that are generally not considered. Galleys and Advanced Reading Copies may be submitted; however, they must be followed by two copies of the finished book. Review coverage is not automatic; many books submitted are not reviewed, mainly due to limited page space.
Publishers on NetGalley may also submit egalleys to SLJ for review consideration, in addition to the regular print mailings. Though egalley submission does not guarantee a review, it may increase the chances of a review and/or speed the process. Publishers submitting egalleys are asked to follow up with print review copies as well as one copy of the finished book, when available.
It takes a minimum of three months from the time a book arrives for it to be reviewed. No review is published until SLJ has received two copies of the book and the following bibliographic information: author, title, binding(s), price(s), publication month and year, ISBN(s), Library of Congress number (or notice that there will not be one) and whether or not Cataloging in Publication data will appear in the book. Occasionally, a third copy of a book may be requested.
Send materials to: SLJ Book Review, School Library Journal, 123 William St., Suite 802, New York, NY 10038
DVDs and audio recordings (audiobooks and CDs) are eligible for review if they were released during the current year and designed for an audience preschool through the 12th grade. Please submit the material along with information on grade level, running time, copyright, release date, price, and an ordering address.
Send audio recordings to: Stephanie Klose, 123 William St., Suite 802, New York, NY 10038; 646-380-0729; email@example.com.
Send DVDs (either screeners or the final copy) to Kent Turner, 123 William St., Suite 802, New York, NY 10038; 646-380-0751; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reference products and online resources, designed for students through the 12th grade and released during the past year should be sent to Kathy Ishizuka, Executive Editor, School Library Journal, 123 William St., Suite 802, New York, NY 10038; 646-380-0727; email@example.com.