Session 5E

Practical Skills/Publishing 101
Books, Metrics and Research Evaluation

Scholarly book publishing is struggling to find its place in modern research evaluation frameworks. Without citations and metrics, proving the impact of the monograph or collected work can be challenging to the modern author, and the siren call of the journal may become overbearing. But books have a unique position in the publishing ecosystem. As theses, they can position the early stage academic in the world. As a collected volume, they can sum up the status quo and prepare a field for the next leap forward. As a monograph, they can define the mature academic. And as Open Access they outcompete their non-OA siblings.

To be considered part of the ecosystem we need to improve some of the book workflows to enable inclusion in our
shared systems. But we also need to understand the role that books and evaluation plays in the lives of our authors and the demands of evaluation systems. Ultimately we have to sensitively calculate, deploy and analyse metrics that are appropriate to these unique and valued publishing outputs.


Martin Roelandse, SpringerNature
As Head of Publishing Innovation at SpringerNature, Martijn builds on his scientific background as well as on his publishing experience, to develop new projects for publishing and author services. One of those is the recent launch of, a platform developed by Springer and Altmetric that offers authors a comprehensive overview of the impact of their book by providing various book-level and chapter-level metrics all in one place. Twitter Handle - @mathein


Kristi Holmes, Northwestern University
Kristi Holmes, PhD, is Director of the Galter Health Sciences Library and Associate Professor, Preventative Medicine-Health and Biomedical Informatics at the Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University. Dr. Holmes leads evaluation activities for several programs, including the Evaluation and Continuous Improvement Program in the Northwestern University Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (NUCATS), in addition to serving on its executive committee. In her role as director of Galter Library, she is excited to have an opportunity to help define new roles and opportunities for the modern biomedical research library in an increasingly informatics and data-driven environment. Twitter Handle - @kristiholmes
Ros Pyne, Springer Nature
Ros Pyne is Head of Policy & Development, Open Research at Springer Nature, where she manages projects in support of the company’s open access strategy and policies and heads up the open access monograph program. In her time at the company she has developed and implemented campaigns including the first publisher-led trial of open peer review for academic books, the publication of Palgrave Macmillan’s first open-access chapter in a hybrid book, the transition of Nature Communications to full open access, and the development of Springer Nature’s open access policy and funding support service for authors. Twitter Handle - @rospyne
Michael Taylor, Digital Science
Mike Taylor is Head of Metrics Development at Digital Science and previously spent many years working in Elsevier’s R&D group and in the Metrics and Analytics Team. At Digital Science, he is responsible for developing metrics and integrating them across the portfolio companies. Mike regularly blogs and presents on a diverse range of subjects, including reproducibility and the political context of metrics and measurement. Mike works with many community groups, including FORCE11, RDA and NISO, and is well known in the scholarly metrics community. Mike is studying for a PhD in alternative metrics at the University of Wolverhampton. Twitter Handle - @herrison