The Increasing the Value of Scholarly Books white paper collected insights from across the scholarly sphere – including publishers, researchers, librarians, discovery services and aggregators. It recommends that publishers, particularly in the Humanities and Social Science fields, provide chapter-level metadata as part of their book programs, in order to meet the changing demands of end users, and stay competitive in the marketplace.
The study found that publishers who had embedded enhanced chapter-level metadata and provided abstracts, thus helping researchers to better identify relevant content, were able to improve customer experience, boost discoverability and usage, and ultimately generate revenue.
It also concluded that chapter-level metadata, coupled with usage statistics, can assist librarians to better understand demand and make more informed purchasing decisions.
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