Outstanding Academic Titles
In December of each year Choice publishes its list of Outstanding Academic Titles, selected by the editors from among the titles that were reviewed during that calendar year. This prestigious list reflects the best in scholarly titles reviewed by Choice and brings with it the extraordinary recognition of the academic library community.
The list is quite selective: it contains approximately ten percent of some 5,000 works reviewed in Choice each year. Choice editors base their selections on the reviewer’s evaluation of the work, the editor’s knowledge of the field, and the reviewer’s record. The list was known as Outstanding Academic Books until 2000. The new name reflects an increase in reviews of electronic products and Internet sites.
In awarding Outstanding Academic Titles, the editors apply several criteria to reviewed titles:
- overall excellence in presentation and scholarship
- importance relative to other literature in the field
- distinction as a first treatment of a given subject in book or electronic form
- originality or uniqueness of treatment
- value to undergraduate students
- importance in building undergraduate library collections
The feature list cites only bibliographic information. The number and publication issue of the Choice review are also provided, to assist readers wishing detailed evaluations of the titles. In addition, Choice Reviews tags all reviews that have been designated as Outstanding Academic Titles.
Note for Authors and Publishers
There is no submission process for nominating a book for selection as an Outstanding Academic Title. These titles are chosen by Choice editors in the late fall of each year from among the titles reviewed in Choice Reviews that year.