Editing Academic Books in the Humanities and Social Sciences: Maximizing Impact for Effort

See on Scoop.itDual impact of research; towards the impactelligent university


This article explores the difficulties commonly experienced by academics seeking to edit multi-chapter, multi-contributor edited volumes. Edited volumes play important intellectual and community-building roles in the Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) sector. Yet these significant positive contributions are not always apparent to or valued by tenure and promotion committees. The article identifies several key problems editors face in the formulation and execution of their volumes. It aims to assist prospective editors in ensuring that the time spent editing or co-editing a book remains proportional to the likely return for effort. The article concludes with the argument that the recent emergence of Google Scholar Citations will enable HSS-sector academics to break free of the hegemony of the science-based model for quality assurance that privileges Institute for Scientific Information (ISI) journal articles and will reveal the considerable impact of edited volumes and therefore increase their value as markers of quality scholarship.

edited books, editing, humanities and social sciences, intellectual impact, efficiency strategies, citation rates


Journal of Scholarly Publishing > Volume 44, Number 1, October 2012


Louise Edwards Louise Edwards is professor of Modern China Studies at the University of Hong Kong. She is editor of over ten co-edited volumes with a variety of publishers. A PowerPoint presentation, ‘Perils and Pitfalls of Edited Volumes,’ is available for download on her academia.edu for colleagues to use and amend for staff development seminars website.






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About Wilfred Mijnhardt
RMIMR is my virtual playground, a place to reflect on issues from my professional context, my job as Policy Director at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM). RSM is the international university based business school at Erasmus University Rotterdam. More info here: www.rsm.nl Here is my list of relevant publications on the topic of my RMIMR weblog: http://www.mendeley.com/collections/694621/RMIMR-Repository/ The rss feed for my RMIMR collection is here: http://www.mendeley.com/collections/rss/694621/ Here is my other weblog on impact of research: http://www.scoop.it/t/dualimpact

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