How to Write an Academic Book Chapter

Have you been invited to write a chapter for an academic book, but are not sure how to go about it? In this video, I’ll cover the characteristics of a good book chapter, provide some examples of book chapters, and give a few tips on organizing and writing a book chapter.

00:00 Intro
00:42 What is an academic book chapter?
01:12 What are some types of academic book chapters?
02:17 Should I write a book chapter?
03:15 What constitutes a good book chapter?
04:08 Examples of book chapters.
06:28 Who writes book chapters?
07:07 How are book chapters structured?
09:26 Final thoughts.

Here is a list of book chapters mentioned in the video:

Friess, D.A. and K.L. McKee. 2021. The history of surface-elevation paradigms in mangrove biogeomorphology. Pp. 179–198 In Dynamic Sedimentary Environments of Mangrove Coasts, D. Friess and F. Sidik (eds.) Elsevier.

McKee, K.L. 2012. Neotropical coastal wetlands. Pp 89-101 In Wetland Habitats of North America: Ecology and Conservation Concerns, D. Batzer and A. Baldwin (eds.). University of California Press, Berkeley.

McKee, K.L. 2020. The field trip that changed the course of my career. Pp. 167-171 In The History of Wetland Science: A Perspective from Wetland Leaders, D.A. Wilcox (ed.). Amazon.

Mendelssohn, I. A., McKee, K. L. and Postek, M. T. 1982. Sublethal stresses controlling Spartina alterniflora productivity. In B. Gopal, R.E. Turner, R.G. Wetzel, and D.F. Whigham, (eds), Wetlands: Ecology and Management, National Institute of Ecology, Jaipur, India, pp.223-42.

Mendelssohn, I. A. and McKee, K. L. 1992. Indicators of environmental stress in wetland plants. In McKenzie et al. (eds.), Ecological Indicators, Elsevier Science Publ., Essex, pp.603-624.

Saintilan, N., K. Rogers, and K. L. McKee. 2019. Chapter 26 – The shifting saltmarsh-mangrove ecotone in Australasia and the Americas. Pp. 915-945 In Coastal Wetlands (Second Edition) An Integrated Approach. Eds. Gerardo M. E. Perillo, Eric Wolanski, Donald R. Cahoon, and Mark M. Brinson. Elsevier.

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