Scholarly Metrics

All about metrics: definitions, how-to, and tools.

Thoughts about Book Chapters

Two bloggers discussed book chapters and their place in scholarly publishing. The ability to find and cite book chapters is central to their thesis.

How to Bury Your Academic Writing on BishopBlog

Bury Your Writing - Why Do Academic Book Chapters Fail to Generate Citations? on Scholarly Kitchen

Metrics Toolkit

The Metrics Toolkit was created by information professionals to provide information about the most popular research metrics in one place. Information includes

  • definition
  • how the metric is calculated
  • sources for the metric
  • how the metric is used
  • cautions about potential misuse
  • links to further information

Find Book Metrics

The traditional way to assess the importance of a book was to consider the reputation of its author, of its author's institutional affilation, of its publisher, and the reviews, venues, and reputations of its reviewers.  This, of course, is all very qualitative.

Quantitative measures typically involve counting citations, and organizations are starting to put more effort into tracking citations to books and book chapters. Below are some databases and platforms that do count citations to books and book chapters.

Book Reviews

Don't forget book reviews! Book reviews in academic outlets not only discuss quality, but place the book and its author in relationship to their discipline. Many academic journals have book review columns. Some disciplines have publications devoted to book reviews. Below are some examples.