How to Write an Academic Book Chapter



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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. https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-816437-2.00007-0

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. https://www.ucpress.edu/book/9780520271647/wetland-habitats-of-north-america

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. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/343639590_The_field_trip_that_changed_the_course_of_my_career

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. https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-444-63893-9.00026-5

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