Including contributions to books and articles in a resume

Q: I have contributed to one book and one article; both detail best practices in my industry. Is there any way to reference this writing about me in my resume?

A: Congratulations on your achievements! You should certainly include these accomplishments in your resume.

First, you may want to add a separate section to your resume (depending upon the space that you wish to devote to this area). One heading might be Research and Publications. Another possible heading might be Papers, Publications and Presentations. Here is a fictitious sample of a format that may work for your resume.



Davis J, Sinacole P. Development of the employee satisfaction questionnaire: item generation and content validity testing. Quantitative Data in HR.. 2005:S33-39.

Other Published Materials

Sinacole P. Best Practices in Compensation Practices for Sales Professionals. HR Bulletin. January 2007.

Understanding Learning Styles of Adults in Higher Ed: A Guide for the Higher Education Community. CD-ROM, interactive educational video prepared by FBG Educational Consortium for American Board of Higher Ed Lecturers, August, 2009.


The first sample has me listed as a co-author with my colleague John Davis (alphabetically listed by last name). Then the title of the publication or the study is provided. Next is the publication that featured the article. Lastly, specifics about the date, month, volume and/or page numbers should be detailed. This is the most traditional and widely accepted format for a published journal article.

The second sample can be used for almost any publication but it is typically reserved for a more informal type of publication like a newsletter or bulletin. I’ve listed the author, the title of the article and the bulletin or newsletter where it was published.


Lastly, my third example provides a format that can be used for a different type of medium (in my sample, it is a CD-ROM. This format is more frequently used today since many professionals contribute to a variety of published materials, other than the traditional scholarly article.

Congratulations again on your professional contributions. This addition to your resume could certainly give you a competitive edge in a challenging employment market!

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