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Book Chapters

Book Chapter – Research (B1)


A B1 book chapter is a contribution, consisting substantially of new material, to an edited compilation in which the material is subject to editorial scrutiny.


  • Must meet the definition of research
  • have an International Standard Book Number (ISBN)
  • has been published by a commercial publisher or if not published by a commercial publisher, must have been peer reviewed.
  • the author must be affiliated with the claiming institution (Avondale)

A book chapter may be included if it has been published previously as long as it constitutes substantial new knowledge and constitutes original research. 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
  • critical reviews of current research.


Unless they meet all of the criteria for inclusion, the following book chapters should be excluded:

  • textbook chapters
  • 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; and
  • translations (unless they have a major demonstrable original research component).

Research Point Value

1 research point

Book Chapter – Other (B2)


This category refers to a contribution of a substantial work of scholarship, consisting substantially of new material


Types of book chapters that may meet the criteria include:

  • Chapters in textbooks (consisting mainly of new combinations of existing knowledge or updating of a body of established knowledge to make it more readily accessible) aimed primarily at a higher education audience
  • Chapters in books published by private individuals, university departments and privately funded companies, e.g. “vanity presses”
  • Chapters in translations of published books and other authored books or monographs not classified in A1


  • Creative works such as novels, depending mainly upon the imagination of the author rather than upon a publicly accessible body of agreed fact (possibly J1)
  • Chapters in textbooks that are primarily aimed at secondary, primary or pre-school students (excluded completely)
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