10 reasons to publish a book

For academicians and researchers, traditionally the motivating factor behind publishing books and articles in journals of acclaim is securing a better Academic Performance Index (API) score over others as well as an increased Impact Factor (IF). In this blog I have shared a list of 10 main reasons that act as my motivator for publishing


Some time back, one of my senior colleagues in the Board of a company asked me a rather unexpected question.

“What's your motivation to publish?”

I was slightly caught off-guard in the beginning as I hadn't seen this coming. This got me thinking as I wanted to give him a concrete answer.


What motivates me?


After some musing I have prepared a list of 10 main reasons to publish, which are as follows:

  1. Publishing a book is a great way of sharing one’s knowledge with the world

  2. Publishing can be an important means for advancement of one’s career.

  3. Publishing a book can increase one’s visibility amongst other professionals, researchers, academicians apart from students outside one’s immediate circle of contacts and colleagues.

  4. Publishing increases the chances of one coming in contact with like-minded people.

  5. Publishing a book helps one contribute to research in a particular area

  6. Publishing a book or an article in an acclaimed Journal helps preserve one’s work permanently and leave one’s trace in the world in a tangible form

  7. Publishing helps add one’s name in the active research community, thus expanding one’s professional network and providing increased potential for collaboration.

  8. Publishing helps others to learn and be benefitted by your data and contributes to the corpus of information in the core matter.

  9. Publishing can be an important way to ensure being taken seriously

  10. Last, but not the least, publishing can earn the author some royalties.


What's your motivator?

While the above are my main motivators, I must mention here that for academicians and researchers, traditionally the motivating factor is securing a better Academic Performance Index (API) score over others as well as an increased Impact Factor (IF).

If you think that there’s something more that can be added to the list above, do share with me.


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