Use research (or publication) metrics when applying for a grant or promotion. Measures include citation metrics, journal quality indicators, benchmarking, altmetrics and collaboration.

6. Book metrics

Find book citations

Search for your books using cited reference searching to see if they have any citations.

Other metrics to measure book influence


  • Australian and international library holdings
  • use in university reading lists
  • book reviews
  • sales figures from publishers
  • prestige of publisher
  • news coverage
  • translations
  • number of editions.

Search for library book holdings

  • OCLC Worldcat — find out where and how many copies of your book are held in libraries worldwide
  • Trove — discover where in Australian libraries your books are held
  • Library Hub Discover — search the catalogue of major UK and Irish libraries
  • The European Library — search the catalogue of Europe's leading libraries

Library holdings of a title may indicate its reach and interest. For example:

"Book X, published in 2001, is held in 15 Australian libraries and 28 libraries worldwide demonstrating its international reach and longstanding interest (Trove; OCLC Worldcat, 22/8/19)"

Find out how to use book reviews to demonstrate your impact.

Contact the Librarian team for expert advice.

Learn how to track and measure your own metrics with the Metrics for grant or promotion applications online tutorial.


  Next steps

Use metrics to provide evidence of: