Elsevier’s 2016 PROSE Award winners

The 40th annual PROSE awards were announced last month at the annual conference of the Association of American Publisher’s Professional and Scholarly Publishing Division in Washington, DC.

What are the PROSE awards? PROSE honors the best in professional and scholarly publishing, as judged by peer publishers, librarians, academics and medical professionals. Competition was "fierce" this year, according to AAP, with the competition attracting a record 551 entries of books, reference works, journals and electronic products in more than 54 categories.

First-place reference work also tops the chart for researcher co-usage on ScienceDirect

The first-place award for Excellence in Reference Works went to the International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences, 2nd Edition (IESBS).

IESBS is also the top book used together with journal articles on the ScienceDirect platform. Access to this reference work contributes to a better (interdisciplinary) understanding of the journal subject areas in the chart below. The top 3 journal co-usage areas are social science, psychology, and medicine dentistry.

In a sample month last year, IESBS articles were used alongside journal articles over 34,000 times. A co-usage session is defined as a visit in which both journal articles and book chapters were used. A visit begins when a visitor enters the site and ends with 30 minutes of inactivity or 12 continuous hours of activity. If patrons and researchers at your institution use journals in the social sciences, psychology, medicine and dentistry, business management and accounting, arts and humanities, economics, and the other top subject areas from the chart above, then adding this reference work to your collection will offer a way to delve further into the subject areas they are interested in.

2016 PROSE Award-winning Book titles available on ScienceDirect

“We set out to publish content that fills the knowledge gaps for researchers, scientists engineers and students,” said Suzanne BeDell, Managing Director of Science and Technology Books at Elsevier. “We applaud our authors for creating excellent content that accomplishes that goal and is judged as outstanding by the publishing industry.”

We've highlighted the Elsevier winners available on ScienceDirect below. You can read about all the winners on the PROSE website.

Award for Excellence in Reference Works: International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences, 2nd Edition, Edited by James D. Wright

Anthropology Honorable Mention: The Analysis of Burned Human Remains, 2nd Edition, By Christopher W. Schmidt and Steven A. Symes

Biomedicine & Neuroscience Honorable Mention: Neurobiology of Social Behavior: Toward an Understanding of the Prosocial and Antisocial Brain , By Michael Numan

Earth Science Honorable Mention: Encyclopedia of Volcanoes, 2nd Edition , By Haraldur Sigurdsson, Bruce Houghton, Hazel Rymer, John Stix and Steve McNutt

Earth Science Honorable Mention: Atlas of Structural Geology, By Soumyajit Mukherjee

Engineering & Technology: The IGBT Device: Physics, Design and Applications of the Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistor, By B. Jayant Baliga

Environmental Science Honorable Mention: Shale Gas and Fracking: The Science Behind the Controversy, By Michael Stephenson

Multivolume Reference - Humanities & Social Sciences: International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences, 2nd Edition, Edited by James D. Wright

Multivolume - Science: Treatise on Geophysics, 2nd Edition, Editor-in-Chief Gerald Schubert

Multivolume - Science Honorable Mention: Brain Mapping: An Encyclopedic Reference, Edited by Arthur W. Toga

Single Volume Reference - Science Honorable Mention: Genomic Control Process: Development and Evolution, By Eric H. Davidson and Isabelle S. Peter

Textbook - Biological & Life Sciences: Diseases of the Nervous System, By Harold Sontheimer

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