Elsevier wins 10 PROSE Awards for books, journals and “Virtual Microscope”

Top honors go to Harvard University Press, Cambridge University Press and Wiley

Winners of the 39th annual PROSE Awards ranged from a "Virtual Microscope" that lets researchers examine slides in scientific articles, to a book that examines income and wealth distribution through the lens of economics, history, politics and sociology.

The awards were just announced at the annual Professional and Scholarly Publishing (PSP) Conference in Washington, DC.

"These are the books and journals that change how we understand the world around us and benefit our society through the sharing of knowledge," said PROSE Awards Chairman John A. Jenkins, President and Publisher Emeritus of CQ Press, and Founder and CEO of Law Street Media.

Elsevier received 10 PROSE Awards, including the Best eProduct/App for the Virtual Microscope, an integrated browser-based slide viewer that enables researchers to examine high-resolution slide images in research articles. Authors of selected Elsevier journals can provide high-res whole slide scan equivalents for use with the Virtual Microscope, which users can view in a standard browser with features like zoom, pan and rotate.

"This is a game changer," said Mark Lingen, DDS, PhD, Editor-in-Chief of the journal Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology and Oral Radiology, which was among the first to use the Virtual Microscope.

The Virtual Microscope is integrated with ScienceDirect and the HealthAdvance journal sites, and appears alongside articles that contain high resolution slide images. It was created by a cross-team initiative at Elsevier using software from Kitware, which has developed a range of 3D viewers for ScienceDirect.

Elsevier 2015 PROSE Award winners

Biomedicine & Neuroscience
Honorable Mention
The Stimulated Brain: Cognitive Enhancement Using Non-Invasive Brain Stimulation, edited by Roi Cohen Kadosh

Distillation: 1. Fundamentals and Principles, 2. Operations and Applications, 3. Equipment and ProcessesChemistry & Physics
Distillation: 1. Fundamentals and Principles, 2. Operations and Applications, 3. Equipment and Processes, edited by Andrzej Gorak, Eva Sorensen, Hartmut Schoenmakers and Zarko Olujic

Cosmology & Astronomy
Encyclopedia of the Solar System, edited by Tilman Spohn, Doris Breuer and Torrence Johnson

Earth Science
Honorable Mention
Developments in the Theory and Practice of Cybercartography, edited by Dr. DR Fraser Taylor and Tracey Lauriault

Best eProduct Application
Virtual Microscope for Books, Major Reference Works and Journals

Encyclopedia of the Solar SystemBest New Journal STM
Honorable Mention
Astronomy and Computing, edited by Robert Mann and Norman Gray et al

Best New Journal STM
Honorable Mention
International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, Editor-in-Chief: David Alexander

Law & Legal Studies
Honorable Mention
Forensic Testimony: Science, Law and Expert Evidence, by C. Michael Bowers

Multivolume Reference/Science
Comprehensive Organic Synthesis, Editors-in-Chief Paul Knochel and Gary Molander

Single Volume Reference/Science
Honorable Mention
Food Safety Management, edited by Yasmine Motarjemi and Huub Lelieveld

The highest honor, the RR Hawkins Award went to Belknap Press of Harvard University Press for Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Dr. Thomas Piketty, Professor of Economics at the Paris School of Economics.

Capital-in-the-Twenty-First-CenturyDr. George Lobell, Economics Judge for the PROSE Awards, called it "magisterial."

Capital in the Twenty-First Century is an economics book, a history book, a political science book, and a sociology book all rolled into one delightful package: an exciting and well-written look at income and wealth distribution. This epic page-turner surveys the leading industrial economies over the last nearly 200 years with regard to how great wealth impacts economic incentives and economic growth. That it has sold more than half a million copies in its English edition is a testament to its great importance and the timeliness of its theme.

The book, which was translated by Arthur Goldhammer, also won the Award for Excellence in Social Sciences and the Economics subject category.

Other Awards for Excellence went to The Material Life of Roman Slaves, by Sandra R. Joshel and Lauren Hackworth Petersen, for Humanities (Cambridge University Press); Ultrastructure Atlas of Human Tissues, by Fred E. Hossler, for Biological & Life Sciences (John Wiley and Sons); Atlas of Meteorites, by Monica Grady, Giovanni Pratesi and Vanni Moggi Cecchi for Physical Sciences & Mathematics (Cambridge University Press); and The Cambridge History of the First World War, edited by Jay Winter, for Reference Works (Cambridge University Press).

Covering science, mathematics, arts and humanities in book, journal and electronic form, the PROSE Awards recognize excellence in scholarly and professional publishing. This year's contest received 540 entries from more than 70 publishers in US and abroad. Winners were chosen by an independent 14-person judging panel of peer publishers, librarians and academics.

Find the full list of winners on the PROSE website.


Elsevier Connect Contributors

Alison Bert, DMAAlison Bert (@AlisonBert) joined Elsevier in 2007 from the world of journalism, where she was a business reporter and blogger for The Journal News, a Gannett daily newspaper in New York. As Editor-in-Chief of Elsevier Connect, she works with people around the world to publish daily stories for the global science and health communities,

In the previous century, Alison was a classical guitarist on the music faculty of Syracuse University. She received a doctorate in music from the University of Arizona, was Fulbright scholar in Spain, and studied in a master class with Andrés Segovia.

Kate KolendoKate Kolendo is the Project Manager for the Professional & Scholarly Publishing (PSP) Division of the Association of American Publishers (AAP). She came to the AAP five years ago after spending four years simultaneously running a theatrical production company and working as the American Programs Coordinator at Young Judaea/Hadassah. After earning at BA in English from Barnard College, she spent several years in advertising sales, marketing and promotions in the magazine industry, working for The New Yorker, Harper's Magazine and The Atlantic. A food and drink enthusiast, she blogs about her epicurean experiences.

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