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Increase Your Scholarly Impact

A self-service guide to help you increase your scholarly impact, provided by the Libraries' Scholarly Impact Service (SIS).

Scholarly Impact of Books

Many of the same considerations for scholarly publishing that apply to journals also apply to books, with the following qualifiers that may affect scholarly impact:

  • Time to publication is typically much longer for books (up to a year or more from final submission of the manuscript).
  • Cost of publication is much higher, whether subsidized by the publisher, the author, or another organization.
  • Books and book chapters don't always go through the same outside peer review process that journal articles do.
  • Books and book chapters take longer to receive citations than articles, so more time is needed to gauge impact.
  • It is often difficult to get accurate citation counts for individual chapters if they have different authors, unless the chapters are indexed separately.
  • Books available in electronic editions may be more likely to be acquired by some libraries, depending on acquisition policies.
  • Some disciplines, particularly the humanities, may require a monograph for promotion & tenure review; it is less common in the sciences and social sciences. 

You may want to talk to your publisher about their review process, electronic publishing options, marketing plan, indexing arrangements, publication agreement terms (including options for open access or shared copyright), and what statistics they track for their publications.  

Keep in mind that publishers are typically more interested in sales numbers and demographics than in "usage" statistics, citations, or scholarly impact metrics.

For more information on how to find scholarly impact metrics for scholarly books, see the "Determine Your Scholarly Impact" section of this guide. 

Finding Book Publishers

The links below are not a comprehensive list of academic book publishers. In general, you can identify potential publishers by:

  • Looking at scholarly books in your discipline available at an academic library.

  • Talking to colleagues in your department or scholarly organizations.

  • Visiting the publishers or vendors room at your next professional conference.

  • Looking for "Calls for Proposals" on scholarly organization websites, listservs, or online scholarly community pages.

Academic Book Publishers: 

  • Association of University Presses, "Finding a Publisher"includes a directory of university press members and a subject area grid showing their subject areas of interest.

  • List of Academic Publishers (wikipedia): includes commercial academic publishers as well as university and non-profit presses.

  • Publishers of OA Books (Simmons College): a community-curated listing of over 200 Open Access academic book publishers.

  • Open Book Publishers (UK): one of the major publishers of Open Access scholarly books. 

  • Aquiline Books (UNT Libraries): an imprint of the UNT Libraries designed for works of scholarship, both new and reissued, from the UNT community. All publications from Aquiline Books are freely available to read online, and some are also available in print, as e-books, or both. 

Advice on Scholarly Book Publishing

A few ideas on navigating the scholarly publishing process:

SIS - Who We Are

The Scholarly Impact Service (SIS) is team of librarians who can help you tell the story of your scholarship and its impact on your discipline. Contact us to start a personal consultation about your scholarly impact.

Main Contact: John Martin
Scholarly Communication Librarian
Expertise: Publication options, ORCIDs, Google Scholar profiles

Erin O'Toole
Subject Librarian for the College of Science
Expertise: Author, article and journal metrics

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