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The Vanishing Book Review in Student-Edited Law Reviews and Potential Responses by ProQuest

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Roughly a decade ago, University of Michigan law professor Carl Schneider published an interesting essay detailing the history of the "book review issue" established by the Michigan Law Review during his tenure as editor in chief in 1979. The only journal that reached double digits in the number of published reviews is indeed the Michigan Law Review, with its sixteen reviews published in 2007-2008. Books are presumably written by serious people who wish to reach relevant audiences, and book reviews, for most of people, serve an essential function in matching books to readers. The pressing need for reviews helps to explain the rise of such invaluable journals as Reviews in American History, devoted entirely to presenting serious reviews of work across the broad spectrum of American history. One should acknowledge the unhappy truth that book reviews can serve as a means of "disciplining" authors who in fact write bad books, by exposing methodological and logical weaknesses of argument if not, rarely but even more unhappily, outright fabrication of data.

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									The Vanishing Book Review in Student-Edited Law Reviews and Potential Responses
Sanford Levinson
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