Research Impact Guide

This guide serves as a starting point to understand, gather, and communicate indicators of research impact.


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Metrics for Books

Many traditional metrics are limited to journal articles, but there are other ways to demonstrate the impact of your book publication.

  • book and chapter citations (can be found through tools like Google Scholar)
  • adopted as a class textbook
  • included on 'bestseller' lists
  • awards and honours received
  • number of copies sold
  • editions
  • translations into other languages  

​How Many Library Hold My Book?

WorldCat is essentially a combined library catalog for hundreds of thousands of libraries around the world. Search for your book in WorldCat to see how many participating libraries have added your book to their collections. You might even pull the names of a few institutions you consider meaningful or prestigious that hold your work.

Syllabi Adoptions

Report that your book has been assigned as required or optional reading in other professors' syllabi--this can show impact on education in your discipline. The Open Syllabus Project will allow you to search for your work and (if found) see the number of syllabi that reference it.
Read more: What do syllabi-based altmetrics actually mean?
Note: This project is not a comprehensive database of all university syllabi.


Book Reviews (Scholarly, Professional, Popular)

Metrics in the Humanities

ACH Guidelines for Assessment of Digital Scholarship in Tenure and Promotion

Research Quality Plus (RQ+)


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