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Research impact for Education: a self-help guide

Data for books and chapters

Citation counts for books and book chapters can be found in the same way as for other publication types (See Metrics for individual publications).

But, it may be more troublesome to verify the citation counts for book chapters. This happens because often there are inaccuracies and inconsistencies in the referencing data for Books (date, author and edition variations) or for Book Chapters (book v book chapter cited, plus errors and variations).

Data for these publication types often mainly occurs via Google and Google Scholar. But commercial  data sources aren't able to harvest and integrate data from Google. It causes additional difficulty to add up citation counts for books/book chapters up accurately.

You may need to rely on additional indicators of the prestige, impact, calibre of your book and book chapters and be able to demonstrate that in words (case based reasoning).

Book and chapter citations

Key tools for locating citations of books/book chapters

When it is difficult to track citation counts for books/book chapters via the tradition citation indexes (Web of Science, Scopus, or Google Scholar), consider using other discipline specific tools to supplement your searches to track evidence.

Book reviews

Reviews could offer a book exposure and bring awareness to its publication. Book reviews could lead to attention metrics when it draws readers' attention. Good reviews could offer a book the kind of attention to help increase readership, citations and interaction.

In addition to searching for book reviews via the databases as listed above, consider looking in the following journals for the same information:

Library holdings

Use these universal library catalogues to find the number of libraries and listing of libraries with holdings for your book.

Social attention

Use Altmetric Explorer to track social attention to your books and book chapters not often that easily tracked in any other way.


  1. Consider including an Altmetric badge on your professional blog page for each publication included in your publication list. That way you can (a) virtually track the attention generated by that research output and (b) promote the research output further to your audience.

Use in syllabi

Altmetric has partnered with The Open Syllabus Project (OSP), who have provided them with a database containing mention counts from over 1 million course syllabi. Each “mention” within a course syllabus is simply displayed in Altmetric as a count. They also provide information about the institution that produced the syllabus.