The 37th annual PROSE Awards – the American Publishers Awards for Professional and Scholarly Excellence – were presented today at the Association of American Publishers' Professional and Scholarly Publishing Division Annual Conference in Washington, DC.
Winners include Princeton University Press, The American School of Classical Studies at Athens, Oxford University Press, John Wiley & Sons, University of Virginia Press , Getty Publications, the American Chemical Society and Elsevier. The full list of winners is on the PROSE Awards website.
PROSE honors the best in professional and scholarly publishing, as judged by peer publishers, librarians and academics. This year's competition attracted 518 entries of books, reference works, journals and electronic products in more than 40 categories — the fifth consecutive year of a record-breaking entries count. "If you are one of the ... winners, you have achieved something that's a very big deal," said John A. Jenkins, Chairman of the PROSE Awards and President and Publisher Emeritus of CQ Press, at the awards presentation, which was streamed live in a webcast. For the first time, the awards also included live tweeting, with the hashtag #PROSEAwards.
The RR Hawkins Award, the highest PROSE honor, was presented to Princeton University Press for Through the Eye of a Needle: Wealth, the Fall of Rome, and the Making of Christianity in the West, 350-550 AD by Peter Brown, the world's foremost scholar of late antiquity. Taking its title from the proverb attributed to Jesus Christ that it is easier for a camel to fit through the eye of a needle than it is for a rich man to get into heaven, the book examines the transformation of the early Christian Church through the lens of wealth and poverty in the waning days of the Roman Empire. The book also won the PROSE Award for Excellence in Humanities and the Classics & Ancient History category.
Princeton also won the Award for Excellence in Social Sciences for The Unheavenly Chorus: Unequal Political Voice and the Broken Promise of American Democracy. The University of California Press won the Award for Excellence in Physical Sciences & Mathematics. for Atlas of Yellowstone. Harvard University Press won the Award for Excellence in Biological & Life Sciences for Arthropod Brains: Evolution, Functional Elegance, and Historical Significance . And Cambridge University Press won the Award for Excellence in Reference Works for The Cambridge History of Religions in America. [caption id="attachment_18289" align="alignleft" width="132"] Heidi Pohlman[/caption]
Elsevier won six PROSE Awards in the categories of Computing & Information Sciences; eProduct/Best in Biological & Life Sciences; eProduct/Best in Social Sciences; Multivolumne Reference/Science; Nursing & Allied Health Sciences; and Single Volume Reference/Science and received an honorable mention for Chemistry & Physics.
The e-products include a $1.99 app that helps students prepare for their policing exam, and a simulated electronic health record (EHR) system that gives nursing students practice with electronic documentation using cases they are likely to encounter in the real world.
"I'm ecstatic — it's wonderful to get recognition from the larger publishing community," Heidi Pohlman, Content Strategist for SimChart, based in St. Louis. "We always felt we had created something unique and a bit revolutionary, but it's always nice to have validation from your peers."
Then she added, "I really want to say 'I'm going to Disneyland.'" Here are all of Elsevier's winners: [divider]
eProduct/Best in Biological & Life Sciences
SimChart(Elsevier Nursing and Health Professions) [caption id="attachment_16032" align="alignleft" width="448"]
A SimChart Respiratory Assessment documention page. Read the article in Elsevier Connect.[/caption]
SimChart is an electronic health record specifically developed as an educational tool for nursing students, teaching them how to document patient care while boosting their clinical reasoning abilities, Pohlman explained. She said it's unique in its representation of four hospital floors simulating patient care from admission through discharge, all wrapped up in a learning module.
"As electronic health records become mandatory in hospitals, clinics, and private practices, it is essential that nurses understand and implement electronic documentation with confidence," Pohlman said.
The contributors and reviewers include more than 50 leading nurse educators and clinicians in general and surgical nursing, mental health, pediatrics, women's health, patient safety, informatics, simulation and pharmacology.
"SimChart emphasizes the importance of patient safety and critical thinking while providing students the opportunity to build and evaluate care plans, set and monitor patient teaching goals, and better understand the nursing workflow," Pohlman explained.
SimChart also provides access to several clinical resources, including Mosby's Nursing Consult Student Edition, which has leading texts, full-text journals, evidence-based nursing monographs, drug calculators, practice guidelines and more.
In addition to its use as a documentation tool, SimChart may be used in the classroom, in the clinical environment and in simulation. For example, in the classroom, the faculty may use the pre-populated case studies to teach pharmacology, drug interactions and patient teaching. The students can use it to plan care for their patients and to receive interactive feedback from their instructors as they are charting or using the product. In simulation, students may use SimChart to chart patient care, receive updated provider orders, or learn about laboratory results that may have been returned and placed on the chart. In all cases, SimChart provides teaching and learning opportunities across the curriculum. [divider]
eProduct/Best in Social Sciences
Policing in America: Exam Cram(Elsevier Science & Technology/Anderson Publishing)
Policing in America: Exam Cram app for iPhone and iPad, enables students to study law enforcement topics on-the-go. It includes customizable flashcards, practice quizzes and a system to track performance with graphing tools to identify those topics that need more study. Topics include policing basics, including personnel systems, organization and management, operations, discretion, use of force, culture and behavior, ethics and deviance, civil liability and police-community relations.
Based on the classic textbook Policing in America by Larry Gaines and Victor Kappeler, it's designed for undergraduate students in introductory policing courses and it can be used with or without the textbook. [divider]
Computing & Information Sciences
Practical Text Mining and Statistical Analysis for Non-structured Text Data Applications, by Gary Miner, Dursun Delen, John Elder, Andrew Fast, Thomas Hill and Robert A. Nisbet (Elsevier Science & Technology)
Comprehensive Renewable Energy, Edited by Ali Sayigh (Elsevier Science & Technology)
The Geologic Time Scale 2012, By Felix M. Gradstein, James G. Ogg, Mark D. Schmitz, and Gabi M. Ogg (Elsevier)
Nursing & Allied Health Sciences
Know the Body: Muscle, Bone, and Palpation Essentials, By Joseph E. Muscolino (Elsevier)
Local Anesthesia for the Dental Hygienist, By Demetra Daskalos Logothetis, RDH, MS (Elsevier)
Single Volume Reference/Science
The Laboratory Rabbit, Guinea Pig, Hamster, and Other Rodents, Edited by Mark Suckow, Karla A. Stevens, and Ronald P. Wilson (Elsevier Science & Technology/Academic Press)
Chemistry & Physics
Chemical Analysis of Food: Techniques and Applications, By Yolanda Pico (Elsevier Science & Technology)
This year's winners were selected by a panel of 14 judges: Joseph S. Alpert, University of Arizona; Ed Barnas, Barnas Consulting; Steve Chapman, McGraw-Hill; Barbara Chen, Modern Language Association; F. Michael Connelly, University of Toronto; Jeff Dean, Wiley-Blackwell; Michael Fisher, Harvard University Press; Nigel Fletcher-Jones, The American University in Cairo Press; James M. Jasper, City University of New York; Myer Kutz, Myer Kutz Associates; George Lobell, ME Sharpe; Daniel Mack, University of Maryland Libraries; Beatrice Rehl, Cambridge University Press; and John Ryden, Yale University Press.
Read about the judging process in Elsevier Connect. [/note] [divider] Andi Sporkin is VP of Communications for the Assocation of American Publishers. Alison Bert is Editor-in-Chief of Elsevier Connect.