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.