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Scholarly Publishing and Research Impact: Mid to Late Career Researcher Edition: Additional Metrics for Books

This guide to scholarly communications will acquaint researchers with knowledge and tools for better understanding and managing the creation and dissemination of their scholarly research.

Post-Publication Metrics for Books

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

‚ÄčLibrary Holdings

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 Metrics

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.


Scholarly reviews from journals in your field.

Librarian reviews


Non-scholarly reader reviews


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