Scholarly Impact Metrics

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Measuring Impact for Books

In some disciplines, the book rather than the journal article, is the primary mode of sharing research.

This page offers options on gathering information about a book's impact:

  • Book Citation Counts
  • Library Holdings
  • Book Reviews
  • Other Qualitative Indicators
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Book Citation Counts

Although counting metrics are not the traditional way of assessing the importance of a book, there are some resources that can help quantify a book's impact.

Library Holdings

Library holdings can measure impact indirectly. It is possible to comment on the breadth of interest in a book based on the number of libraries that include it in their collections.

Book Reviews

Many of the databases available through the EMU Library include book reviews.

Try searching the database by the title of a book and then limiting to book reviews.

Other Qualitative Indicators

Book reviews by peers, the publisher's reputation, and other qualitative factors can help determine the importance and impact of a book.

These other qualitative factors may include:

  • if the book was nominated for or won an award or prize.
  • if the books was translated or had multiple editions published.
  • if the book was included on a syllabus or a recommended reading list.
  • if the author gave public book talks or signings connected to the book.