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Reviews & Critical Commentary (CritCom) is a research-based, online forum of critical reviews, informed commentary, and public discussion. The publication is primarily focused on providing a virtual space for the expert review of books, special journal issues, and other publications relevant to European history, society and politics, but also aims to foster reasoned discussion and informed debate. Thus, the Editors reserve the right to publish short articles and opinion pieces, both solicited and unsolicited, which provide research-based commentary and discussion of issues, policies, and events designed to appeal to an educated and multi-disciplinary audience interested in European affairs. The mere publication or presentation of any opinion, assessment, evaluation, or characterization shall not be construed as reflecting the views of the Council for European Studies (CES) or the Editors.

Review: Volunteer as a reviewer

Nominate: Nominate a publication for review

Submit: To submit an unsolicited article for consideration by the Editors, please email an electronic copy to publications [at] and address it to “Editors, CritCom”

Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis. All submissions should include the author’s full name, institution, rank, discipline, website, and contact information. No article will be considered for publication if it is concurrently under consideration by another journal or press or if it has been published or is soon to be published elsewhere. CritCom does not accept unsolicited reviews.


Style and Format

All reviews and articles must be written for an educated, but multi-disciplinary audience and should range between 600 and 2,000 words. Articles should be original, research-based, and light on citations. All submissions do undergo an extensive editorial review process and thus will be edited to conform to CritCom-style in matters of punctuation, capitalization, usage, etc. The Editors may also suggest other changes in the interest of clarity and economy of expression. Whenever possible, such changes will be implemented only after consultation with the author(s). However, when consultation is not possible, the Editors will be considered the final arbiters of length, grammar, content, and usage. Citations in submitted articles should be footnoted following the style outlined in the Chicago Manual of Style. All charts and images intended to accompany a submitted article must be submitted electronically in one of the following formats (at a resolution of 300 dpi or higher): JPG, GIF, or PNG.