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B1 - Book Chapters

This category refers to a contribution, consisting substantially of new material, to an edited compilation in which the material is subject to editorial scrutiny.

To be included in this category the publication must meet the definition of research and:

  • must be a major work of scholarship
  • must be offered for sale
    • for hard copies, bound
    • for CD-ROMs, packaged
  • must have an International Standard Book Number (ISBN)
  • must have been published by a commercial publisher
  • the author must be affiliated with the claiming Higher Education Provider (HEP)
  • E-book chapters are now eligible. If not published by a commercial publisher, the e-book must have peer review evidence

Note: Many of the books published by professional bodies do not report original research findings but report the results of evaluations, or compile existing information for the benefit of professionals or practitioners. It is important that HEPs assess these publications very carefully against the definition of research provided and only count those publications which are major works of scholarship and report original research activities for the first time. Freely available research-related reports published by external institutes or public agencies and departments are also unlikely to meet these criteria.
A book chapter may be included if it has been published previously as long as it constitutes substantial new knowledge

and constitutes original research. Substantial scholarly activity, as evidenced by discussion of the relevant literature, an awareness of the history and antecedents of work described, and provided in a format which allows a reader to trace sources of the work, including through citations and footnotes. The types of book chapters that may meet the criteria include: a scholarly introduction of chapter length to an edited volume, where the content of the introduction reports research and makes a substantial contribution to a defined area of knowledge; a critical scholarly text of chapter length, e.g. in music, medieval or classical texts; and critical reviews of current research.


Unless they meet all of the criteria for inclusion, the following book chapters must be excluded: chapters in textbooks; entries in reference books; anthologies; revisions of chapters in edited books; forewords; brief introductions; brief editorials; appendices; literary or creative pieces such as collections of short stories; Theses and translations. Also unlikely to meet the criteria are book chapters within books published by print-on-demand publishers that do not engage in editing/proofreading/peer review (such as VDM Verlag Dr. Müller, Intech and Lambert Academic Publishing).

Documentation Required for Verification

  • Copy of the book chapter
  • Copy of the contents, preface/acknowledgement and introduction pages and other pages containing the following bibliographic information:
    • ISBN
    • Title
    • Editor(s)
    • Author(s)
    • Publisher
    • All dates referring to copyright, publication, printing, distribution
  • If the chapter is in a revised edition, also include contents of previous edition if preface does not indicate that the chapter is new
  • Evidence indicating research undertaken in author's capacity as a staff member or student of the HEP
  • Evidence of the year of publication

Commercial Publisher

For the purposes of the HERDC specifications, a commercial publisher is an entity for which the core business is producing books and distributing them for sale.

If publishing is not the core business of an organisation but there is a distinct organisational entity devoted to commercial publication and its publications are not completely paid for or subsidised by the parent organisation or a third party, the publisher is acceptable as a commercial publisher.

For the purposes of these specifications, HEP and other self-supporting HEP presses are also regarded as commercial publishers, provided that they have responsibility for the distribution of the publication, in addition to its printing.