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Research metrics and publishing: Book metrics

Book and book chapter metrics

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Metrics for measuring citations of books relies on the same citation indexes as metrics for journal articles

  • Book Citation Index (Web of Science)
    The Book Citation Index Science (BKCI-S) and Book Citation Index Social Sciences & Humanities (BKCI-SSH) are part of the of Web of Science Core Collection which indexes 50,000 books and edited books from 2005 to the present. 
    Selected books appear in the Master book list which may be an indicator of academic esteem.

  • Web of Science Cited Reference Search
    To find out how many times a book has been cited by other books or articles, select Cited Reference Search from the Basic Search drop down menu.

  • Scopus 
    Scopus includes 50,000 books and edited books. See the Scopus content lists for more detail, including a list of books indexed.

  • Google Scholar
    Google Scholar indexes books and book chapters from some publishers and is useful for tracking citations to books not indexed in Web of Science.

Alternative metric indicators for books:

Quality publishers

  • Highlight that your book has been published by a high quality, reputable publisher.
    Quality publisher lists may be compiled by funding bodies, professional associations or university faculties for their staff.

Societal or Educational esteem

  • Holdings in local or international libraries
    • Worldcat : discovery service for North American and worldwide libraries
    • Trove : discovery service for Australian content and holdings of Australian libraries
  • Prizes or awards
  • Referenced in policy or practice documents   
  • University textbook included on course reading lists
  • New editions or reprints
  • Translated into other languages
  • Mentions in the media - see more on Altmetrics

Book Reviews

  • Books published by quality publishers attract reviews in quality journals. Monash researchers can contact their Faculty Research Office for a list of quality book publishers.
  • Use the Library’s Search catalogue to find reviews of books in any discipline. 
  • Search Australian Book Review collection online.


  • Number of sales
  • Local and international sellers
  • Bestseller lists


  • Ask for statistics on downloads or loans of a particular title from selected libraries.