Press Release



Since 1976, the Association of American Publishers’ annual PROSE Awards have recognized publishers who produce books, journals, and digital products of extraordinary merit that make a significant contribution to a field of study each year.

“The quality of this year’s PROSE Awards submissions was ample testimony that scholarship is alive and well in every field of scholarly publishing,” commented Maria A. Pallante, President and CEO of AAP. “It is, as always, a professional honor and personal pleasure to be able to announce the finalists and their extraordinary works.”

In announcing the finalists, AAP commends the panel of 19 judges who reviewed more than 630 entries in this year’s competition, ultimately discovering works that speak to the breadth, depth, and criticality of scholarly publishing.

In the next few weeks, AAP will further refine the field by announcing a Subject Category Winner from among the finalists in each of the 49 categories. Subject Category Winners will go on to compete for one of five awards:

  • The 2019 PROSE Award for Excellence in Biological and Life Sciences
  • The 2019 PROSE Award for Excellence in Humanities
  • The 2019 PROSE Award for Excellence in Physical Sciences and Mathematics
  • The 2019 PROSE Award for Excellence in Reference Works
  • The 2019 PROSE Award for Excellence in Social Sciences

One of these five Excellence Winners will receive the prestigious R.R. Hawkins Award, the top prize of the annual PROSE competition, which will be named this month. The R.R. Hawkins Award winner will be further celebrated at AAP’s annual Professional and Scholarly Publishers (PSP) forum in Washington, DC, taking place this year on June 23rd.

The R.R. Hawkins Award is named for the long-time New York Public Library executive and author whose dedication and passion for professional and scholarly works significantly contributed to the acceptance of American science and scholarship across the globe. The 2019 R.R. Hawkins Award recipient was Oxford University Press for University of Pennsylvania scholar Kathleen Jamieson Hall’s Cyberwar: How Russian Hackers and Trolls Helped Elect a President.