Answered By: Harry L. Whitlock II
Last Updated: Nov 21, 2019     Views: 1

Book publishing is not the same as journal publishing as far as a ranking system. This is because publishing is more likely based on discipline than a specific merit. Perception of the "best" or "most respected" publishers more than likely depends on the discipline and what other researchers in the profession have published in.

Some librarians rank academic publishers higher (e.g., University of Oxford Press) than for-profit publishers (e.g., Sage or Wiley). However, as noted in the paragraph above, that perception is often dependent on the academic discipline.

If you have written a chapter for an academic text published on-line you could locate some metrics. For example, you might be able to pull how many times the chapter was cited through Google Scholar if it is indexed by them. Other metrics may be available. Contact the UW Librarian who is the liaison to that college or academic discipline. This link is to the current list of liaison / subject librarians: https://uwyo.libguides.com/subjectliaisons/librarians

Finally, here are links to two online resources that may be useful:

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=10&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=2ahUKEwi68b6g5_nlAhWTr54KHVqAD9sQFjAJegQIAhAC&url=https%3A%2F%2Fresearch.usp.ac.fj%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2013%2F09%2F2016-Ranking-of-Academic-Publishers-v1.0.pdf&usg=AOvVaw1lhxyHy0rtPUY1Cq4B3c74  

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=11&ved=2ahUKEwi68b6g5_nlAhWTr54KHVqAD9sQFjAKegQIARAC&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.eduhk.hk%2Finclude_n%2Fgetrichfile.php%3Fkey%3D95030d9da8144788e3752da05358f071%26secid%3D50424%26filename%3Dsecstaffcorner%2Fresearch_doc%2FCompiled_Publisher_List.pdf&usg=AOvVaw3DSGKaF-G-TQcpkexDq4Jh

Is there a ranking system for book publishers? In preparing my faculty annual review, I am including bibliometric information. I am not sure what to say about a book chapter, if anything. Is there a ranking system for book publishers? In this particular instance, I am looking for IGI Global and ETC Press (Carnegie Mellon University). But, in the long-term- is there a system or list like there is for journals?

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