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What is Routledge Handbooks Online (RHO)?

Routledge Handbooks Online is an invaluable educational resource bringing together the world’s leading scholars to provide a cutting-edge overview of classic and current research from Routledge, and CRC Press, in the Humanities, Social sciences, Education, Psychology, Engineering, and Built environment, while at the same time providing an authoritative guide to theory and method, the key sub-disciplines, and the primary debates of today. Every title within Routledge Handbooks Online is surrounded with meaningful metadata and abstracts at a chapter level, making it fully searchable and browsable, providing a functionality of greater value to the student and researcher.

What are the key features?

  • All titles are DRM-free,
  • All content is available in HTML and PDF format,
  • Providing over 24,000 chapters from over 1,000 volumes, 
  • Expansive coverage of 37 subject areas, now including Routledge and CRC Press content,
  • Every third chapter in our handbooks is freely available for you to view and download,
  • All chapters are accompanied by an abstract and rich metadata that make searching and research more efficient and effective, with Altmetric for Books online attention tracking data,
  • Intuitive search tools enable users to find exactly the material they need across the Handbooks’ multiple subject areas, with peer-reviewed content that ensures quality of research,
  • Full text DOIs, OpenURL, and Usage Statistics to aid discoverability and ensure library patrons are accessing the materials they need - including COUNTER 4 usage statistics and denials data.

What content is available?
Routledge Handbooks Online includes over 1,000 of Routledge, and CRC Press', premium Handbook titles across a diverse variety of subject areas, including Education, Psychology, Asian Studies, Engineering, Security Studies, Business & Economics, Linguistics, Philosophy, Sociology, Sport & Leisure, and Criminal Justice & Criminology.

What is the price of RHO?
Pricing details are available by contacting us.

What handbooks are available on the platform?
Over 1,000 handbooks are available across 37 subject areas. This does not represent all of our handbook publishing in these areas and we will continue to add new titles to these collections on a regular basis. 

Does the platform contain all available Routledge and CRC Press handbooks? 
Digitization is ongoing and new handbooks are being added continuously.

When using filtered search for a core subject area, why are more results returned than the number of books in the collection? 
Handbooks from outside the collection may contain relevant chapters relevant to the subject. Many of the books and chapters are interdisciplinary therefore searching for a broad subject area will likely return more books than the number given in our curated collections. 

The book I'm viewing has no article abstracts or keywords?
Some abstracts and keywords are not yet supplied. They will be uploaded to the site at regular intervals. The vast majority of articles on the site have abstracts and keywords. 


What authentication options are available?
We offer authentication by:

  • IP address
  • Proxy server
  • Shibboleth

How do I qualify for a free trial?
Free trials are available to qualifying academic and institutional customers. Please ask your librarian to fill out our Free Trial Form to request a trial.


How can I request permission to photocopy or republish material?
All material published by Taylor & Francis Group, LLC and its divisions is protected under United States and international copyright and intellectual property laws, and we ask you to respect this when using our material.

Prior written consent is required if you wish to reproduce any of our material. Please be aware that there may be fees involved when material held under copyright is reproduced or translated.

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Altmetric for Books

What is Altmetric for Books?
Altmetric for Books uses the ISBN as the unique identifier for a book to track, monitor and collate the online attention surrounding books and individual chapters in order to offer insights for authors, editors and readers to monitor and report on the wider dissemination and influence of their scholarly writing.

This data is then collated into a number:

This number can include: - citations in public policy documents, Wikipedia pages, research blogs, mainstream media coverage, bookmarks on reference managers like Mendeley, and mentions on social networks such as Facebook and Twitter.

How can authors use Altmetric's data?

• Everything in one place and up to the minute
An eagle’s-eye view of how researchers, journalists and the general public are responding to your research, with live and immediate tracking of citations, mentions on social media and referrals by media outlets for all books and chapters.
• Showcase your research’s impact
Recognition of important research can take time and some topics are less likely than others to receive immediate online attention, the data given by Altmetric for Books enables comparison with other research published in your field and by your publisher.
• Connect with your audience
With Altmetric for Books, authors can now see who has tweeted or blogged about their book or individual chapter instantly - connecting you with a community of researchers outside your own institution.

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