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Research Impact: Book impact

Making an impact and measuring the impact of your research

Book Impact

It's less easy to find out about the impact of a book, although Scopus, Web of Science and Google Scholar all include citations for books. Google Scholar is probably the most effective way of tracking book citations. Simply search for the book in which you interested, and click on the 'cited by' link in the bottom left of the reference to find more recent articles and books which have cited it.

You can also demonstrate book impact through

  • Checking library holdings around the world
  • Finding Book reviews
  • Sales figures from publishers

Finding Book Reviews

  • Amazon.com
    Includes the full text of some book reviews although mainly a commercial site.
  • Google Books
    The full record includes a link to editorial and user reviews.
  • Web of Science
    In Cited Reference Search, enter the author name in the cited Author box, the first words of the book title in the Cited Work box and click Search. When results display, Select All, scroll to bottom of screen and under 'Restrict results' choose Book Review, then click Finish Search.
  • JSTOR
    In Advanced Search type one or two keywords from the book title. Under Narrow By: Item Type select Review, then click Search.
    Note that JSTOR is an archive and does not index the most recent five years of journals.
  • Project Muse
    In Advanced Article Search enter search terms, under Additonal Search Options, Type of Content choose Reviews Only, then click Search.

Check Library holdings

COPAC indexes all the catalogues of research libraries in the UK

Worldcat searches a wide range of library catalogues all over the world.

Open Access books

Most Open Access activity so far has been focused on journal articles. However, various projects are emerging with regard to Open Access books, particularly in the humanities and social sciences. Various funding and licensing models are being explored.