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Joseph W. Goodman Book Writing Award

Joseph W. Goodman Book Writing Award

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

Note - this award is presented in even-numbered years.

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 (6) 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. The 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 Selection Committee 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.

Nomination Requirements

1. Book details, including full title, full name(s) of author(s), publisher, and date of publication.

2. An original, one-page narrative/support statement 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.

Using BEAM

1. Log in to BEAM, our Awards and Honors system, with your OSA credentials.

2. Be sure you are on the "Nominators" tab.

3. Click the "Submit a New Nomination" button and select the appropriate award from the drop-down menu.

4. Enter the name and email address of the nominee. You will have the option to add multiple nominees later in the process.

5. Input the required supporting information.

6. Select ‘”Additional Nominees” from the menu if needed.

7. Review and submit the nomination prior to the deadline.

8. After submitting the nomination you will receive a confirmation email.

Selection Process

The Selection Committee reviews and discusses all eligible nominees. After carefully consideration, they make a recommendation that is approved by the Awards Council and Board of Directors. Please note that a minimum of four eligible nominations are required before the Selection Committee may select a recipient. If the minimum is not met, all nominations will be held for consideration the following year.

All nominations are automatically considered for up to three review cycles. After consideration by three Selection Committees, the nomination is retired.


We serve a diverse and inclusive community worldwide. Nominees that reflect and support this diversity across all areas including gender, race, educational/institutional background and geography are especially encouraged.