Joseph W. Goodman Book Writing Award

Joseph W. Goodman Book Writing Award

This award recognizes a recent and outstanding book in the field of optics and photonics that has contributed significantly to research, teaching, or the optics and photonics industry. It is co-sponsored by OSA and SPIE.

Nomination Deadline

1 October

Nominator Requirements

 Any member of the optics and photonics community may nominate a book meeting the eligibility requirements.

Eligibility Requirements

1. Must have been published (first edition or first revised edition) no more than six years prior to 1 January of the year of the award; 1 January of the book copyright year will be assumed as the date of first publication.
2. Only authored books are eligible, including books with more than one principal author.
3. Edited compilations, handbooks, reviews, etc., with multiple contributing authors will not be considered.
4. Textbooks, research monographs, scientific or technical reviews, or any other book type or genre that covers its subject in depth are eligible.
5. Books from any publisher worldwide are eligible.
6. Book must be currently in print and readily available from the publisher and suppliers.
7. Only books in the English language will be considered.
8. Book subjects may cover a broad area of optics, or may be intended to serve a narrow sub-specialty, provided that that sub-specialty has substantial impact on the field of optics and photonics.
9. Books that originate or organize knowledge in a new branch of optics, offer a highly definitive review of an established branch of optics, or are unusually well suited for textbooks at the college or graduate level are all excellent candidates.
10. This award is not intended for books that are primarily dedicated to popularizing science.

Selection Criteria

The influence of a book is judged by the impact it has had on research, teaching, industry or business. In selecting a winning book, the awards panel may consider such measures of impact as number of citations, the degree of adoption for coursework, and number of copies sold, as well as other factors at its discretion.

Award Nomination Requirements

1. Book details, including full title, full name(s) of author(s), publisher, and date of publication.
2. Brief (1-page) narrative describing how the nominated book has contributed significantly to research, teaching, business or industry.
3. A short biography of the author(s).

Note: references are not required for this award. Copies of nominated books will be requested from the publisher for review.