Monday, June 20, 2011

Can I list a self-published book on my biosketch?

Dear Grant,
Can I list a book that I self-published as one of the publications on my biosketch? I don't have that many articles.

Technically, since you can't list anything that is not peer-reviewed, this book should not be included. And really, why would you want to? If the book is truly self-published, it has not been reviewed by any other scientists in your field, so in essence it could be a book full of theories without credible evidence, or a book full of just about anything that you wanted to write. It does not help to show your credibility or productivity as a scientist, so I would leave it off.

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