This section covers the resources for metrics and other information (including qualitative) to help you identify use and/or engagement with your book or book chapter.
Which of these resources will be most useful, and what data you will find, will depend greatly on what you wrote. Here are some of the factors to consider:
What Book and Chapter-Level Metrics Can I Get Out of Web of Science?
With each book and chapter indexed in Web of Science, you can get a Times Cited count, the number of times cited by other works indexed in the Web of Science Core Collection, From Times Cited, you can retrieve that list of citing works. If you start with a book, go to "See more data fields" to get a link to view the chapters. From the record for a book chapter, the book title is listed under the chapter title.
The Web of Science Core Collection indexes
How Do I Access Web of Science?
Go to uclibs.org/PID/12610 to access Web of Science. UC San Diego faculty, staff and students must be on the campus network, the protected WiFi network, or VPN to access.
What Else Should I Know About Web of Science for Book/Chapter Metrics?
What Else Can I Do in Web of Science?
You can analyze any set of citing works to find out more about who cited your work. From Analyze Results, generate treemaps, bar graphs, and text-delimited files. The treemap/bar graph visualization allows for up to 25 results, and the text-delimited file allows for up to 500 results.
Other Metrics: Web of Science provides some additional, time-sensitive metrics.
Cited Reference Searching
The Cited Ref Searching can identify citing works that haven't been included in the actual Times Cited count. See the Web of Science Cited Ref Searching tab under Article-Level Metrics for more information about Cited Reference Variants..
What Book and Chapter-Level Metrics Can I Get Out of Google Scholar?
Google Scholar will give you a Times Cited count, the number of times the work was cited by other sources found in Google Scholar). The Times Cited count will come up in the regular search results, or when viewing an author's works list in a Google Scholar Profile if available.
Google Scholar includes:
What Else Should I Know About Google Scholar for Book/Chapter Citations?
What Else Can I Do in Google Scholar?
Google Scholar Profiles
Creating and building your own profile in Google Scholar is a way for you (and others) to easily view the Times Cited count for all of your works.
Analysis features are extremely limited. You can get a breakdown of citing works by year, but only within the Profile view and not from the search results view. The citing works cannot be analyzed the way they can in Web of Science.
There is no bulk export option from the search results screen. You must add each references individually to My Library (the little star icon next to the reference), and then from My Library mark all references to export for BibTeX or EndNote.
Why Am I Getting Different Citation Counts Between Web of Science and Google Scholar?
Why does Web of Science show that your book/chapter was cited X times, while Google Scholar shows it was cited Y times? These differences can be attributed to several key reasons, which you can see if you export the citing works from Web of Science and Google Scholar, then see what's left after you exclude the common works.
Which metrics should I use?
That depends. Some researchers opt for the higher of the two numbers (often the Google Scholar number), while some include both. Either way, you should include the source with the number, and select the correct numbers (times cited for a book vs. book chapter). It's also import to be aware of why these numbers differ, and what is and is not getting counted in each. However, if there are a significant number of citing works that are not showing up on both Web of Science and Google Scholar, you might want to consider merging the lists (while removing duplicates) for further analysis, and to identify a larger pool of significant citing works.
What Book and Chapter-Level Metrics Can I Get from Altmetric?
From Altmetric, you can get an "attention score," based on coverage outside of journal and book citations, including news, social media, patents, course syllabi, and Wikipedia. The score is usually provided as an embedded "donut" or badge, with a link back to Altmetric.com with more details about sources covering your work.
Some publishers will provide the score on the book or chapter's homepage, though you may have to look around for it. It's sometimes included under "Metrics" or a similar label. If you can't find the donut/badge, try the Atlmetric Bookmarklet. Make sure you disable any ad or other third-party tracking browser apps on the publisher website, as they will block you from seeing anything from Altmetric. However, we have noticed that this does not work on some publisher websites, so please contact us if you have trouble finding this information for your work.
What Else Can I Do in Altmetric?
You can access the Altmetric details page for the book/chapter by clicking the donut or badge to learn more about WHO is talking about your work. From here you can see what kind of attention your book/chapter has received: the news/media sources that covered it, who has tweeted or blogged about it, has it been cited in Wikipedia, etc. You may also get some context for the attention score, how it ranks among all works covered by Altmetric or among outputs similar in age.
On that details page, click "Alert me about new mentions" to get email notices when Altmetric captures new mentions about your output. These go out as daily digests, so you can set them up for multiple outputs without getting too many emails.
What Else Should I Know About Altmetric?
What Book and Chapter-Level Metrics Can I Get Out of Dimensions?
Dimensions gives citation counts and Altmetric attention scores. From the book/chapter record, you can view all citing works that are also in the Dimensions database, or link out to the Altmetric.com details pages to find out more about the attention sources (news, social media, syllabi, etc.). Results can be filtered multiple ways, including document type for books and chapters.
Dimensions currently contains more than 250,000 books and 8 million chapters, along with millions of journal articles, conference proceedings, patents, and policy papers..
How Do I Access Dimensions?
Go to https://app.dimensions.ai/discover/publication to begin searching. It's free, but you get more functionality (including researcher filtering) if you access Dimensions on the campus network, protected wifi, or VPN. To login, enter your ucsd.edu email address and then login with your Active Directory credentials
What Else Can I Do With Dimensions?
You can analyze a set of search results or list of citing works by researcher, research organization, publication type, or funder. Use the filters in the left column to limit your results. If there are more than 10 options, you can use "More" to enter an additional researcher, etc.
While logged in, you can save searches as Favorites, or export results for Excel or for visualizations using VOSviewer. No option to create email alerts.
What Else Should I Know About Dimensions?
How can I find book reviews?
The library has multiple databases for locating book reviews in newspapers, scholarly journals, and popular magazines. The reviews may be full text within the database, or provide you a citation for the actual reviews. An expanded list of these, including the subject-specific databases, consult our reviews guide.
Book Review Databases and Interdisciplinary Databases That Include Book Reviews
Where else can I find information to indicate possible impact of my book?
There are other places where you may find information (including qualitative) to help you discuss the impact and influence of your books:
What other impact indicators should I consider?