Informatics and technology take a bow at PROSE Awards

Elsevier authors and editors recognized for professional and scholarly works in science and medicine

Oncology Informatics and Cell Press’s Figure360 were among the winning titles and digital products at the 2017 PROSE Awards. Elsevier received four PROSE awards and six honorable mentions.

At the 41st annual PROSE Awards, Elsevier’s authors and editors were recognized for works in fields ranging from medical informatics and epigenetics to crime scene photography – and for an animation tool that enables authors to create narrated synopses of the figures in their research articles.

In total, Elsevier won four PROSE Awards and six honorable mentions.

The awards were presented February 2 at the annual conference of the Association of American Publisher’s Professional and Scholarly Publishing Division in Washington, DC. PROSE honors the best in professional and scholarly publishing of books, journals and electronic content, as judged by peer publishers, librarians, academics and medical professionals.

Oncology Informatics to improve cancer outcomes

Winning the Clinical Medicine category was Oncology Informatics: Using Health Information Technology to Improve Processes and Outcomes in Cancer — a comprehensive guide designed to accelerate the fight against cancer by turning evidence into practice.

Dr. Bradford Hesse, co-author of the winning title in the Clinical Medicine category, is Chief of the Health Communication and Informatics Research Branch of the National Cancer Institute, one of the institutes within the National Institutes of Health (NIH).The book presents the evidence collected by the National Cancer Institute in a format that is easily adapted by hospital planners, physicians, researchers and informaticians.

Elsevier has proved to be an essential cornerstone to our science. — Dr. Bradford Hesse, NIH

“Without a reliable publisher as partner, there really would be no knowledge dissemination,” said co-author Dr. Bradford W. Hesse, Chief of the National Cancer Institute's (NCI) Health Communication and Informatics Research Branch (HCIRB). “Elsevier has proved to be an essential cornerstone to our science. News of the award was the perfect highlight for what was already an amazing journey.”

A tool to explain complicated figures

Topping the category for eProduct/Best in Biological Sciences was Figure360 an author-narrated video tool by Cell Press. It enables authors to create narrated animations of select figures in their research and review articles. In a short, digestible synopsis, the author can put the figure in context and zoom in on the most important aspects for the takeaway message.

Figure360 lets Cell Press authors put their figures in context by narrating them on a video while zooming in to the most important aspects.Cell Press piloted this feature in its journals in 2016 and is planning a broader rollout this year.

Scientific figures are at the core of research and review articles, but lately they have grown more complex, explained Gabriel Harp, Senior Product Manager for Cell Press:

After interviewing our readers, we found out they value these figures but find them difficult to comprehend. So we sought to reshape the standard figure. This tool lets authors bring the static figure to life by presenting it in a short video; they explain the figure in their own words, using the visual effects to zoom in quickly on the key points. If a standard figure can take 10 minutes to read, Figure360 lets readers to get to the heart of it much faster.

Watch a Figure360 video:

The winners

Here are the Elsevier 2017 PROSE Award winners for print and digital content by category:

Biomedicine & Neuroscience – Honorable Mention
Fundamentals of Brain Network Analysis
Authors Alex Fornito, Andrew Zalesky and Edward Bullmore

Chemistry & Physics – Honorable Mention
Radioactivity: Introduction and History, From the Quantum to Quarks, Second Edition
Author Michael L'Annunziata

Clinical Medicine
Oncology Informatics: Using Health Information Technology to Improve Processes and Outcomes in Cancer
Editors Bradford W. Hesse, David Ahern and Ellen Beckjord

Clinical Medicine – Honorable Mention
Medical Epigenetics
Editor Trygve Tollefsbol

Earth Science
A Concise Geologic Time Scale: 2016
Authors James G. Ogg, Gabi Ogg and Felix M. Gradstein

eProduct/Best In Biological Sciences
Figure 360, Cell Press
Senior Project Manager Gabriel Harp

Journal/Best New STM – Honorable Mention
Cell Systems, Cell Press
Editor Craig Mak

Multivolume Reference/Science – Honorable Mention
Encyclopedia of Immunobiology
Editor-in-Chief Michael J.H. Ratcliffe

Multivolume Reference/Science – Honorable Mention
Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Biology
Editor-in-Chief Richard M. Kliman

Textbook/Best in Social Sciences
Crime Scene Photography, Third Edition
Author Edward M. Robinson

“This is creative content that advances knowledge and helps people make meaningful progress in their work, whether they’re researchers, scientists, clinicians, engineers or students,” said Suzanne BeDell, Managing Director, Education Reference & Continuity. “We’re grateful to our authors and editors and happy to see these works recognized by our peers and customers in the industry.”


Written by

Christopher Capot

Written by

Christopher Capot

Christopher Capot heads up external and internal communications for Elsevier's health, education and corporate R&D businesses. He has been a public relations and media relations professional at agencies and corporations for more than 20 years. Prior to that, he was an award-winning newspaper journalist, last working as a business reporter at the New Haven Register in Connecticut. He works in Elsevier's New York office.
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Alison Bert, DMA

Written by

Alison Bert, DMA

As Executive Editor of Strategic Communications at Elsevier, Dr. Alison Bert works with contributors around the world to publish daily stories for the global science and health communities. Previously, she was Editor-in-Chief of Elsevier Connect, which won the 2016 North American Excellence Award for Science & Education.

Alison 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. In the previous century, she 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.


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