Book Chapters: Scholarly Burial?

Although book chapters are a more common form of scholarly dissemination in the humanities, even in those fields the book chapter is problematic, and certainly more so in the natural, applied, and health sciences.

As Kent Anderson notes in “Bury Your Writing — Why Do Academic Book Chapters Fail to Generate Citations?” book chapters are far less frequently cited than are journal articles.

Anderson adduces several reasons for this dearth of citations for book chapters, chiefly their lack of on-line availability and of exclusion from indexes and databases, as well as the business and marketing models of book publishers.

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