The ASI/EIS Award recognizes the normally anonymous indexers and the publishers who provide high-quality indexes to serve their readers. The indexer of the winning index receives $1,000 from EIS Publishing and a plaque. The publisher of the book is also recognized with a plaque.
This prestigious award was established as the ASI/H.W. Wilson Award in 1978 to honor excellence in indexing of an English language monograph or other non-serial print work published in the United States in the previous year (2015 for the 2016 judging). Books with a 2015 copyright date, or those with a 2016 copyright date in distribution prior to December 31, 2015, are eligible (proof of distribution date is required).
The judging committee is especially interested in seeing books that presented a challenge to the indexer. Scholarly as well as technical volumes and books on unusual or difficult topics often pose such issues. Trade and other types of books are also welcomed. The committee will be looking at how effectively and creatively the indexer has addressed challenges and maintained high standards of index quality and how well the publisher has typeset the index.
The 2016 award will be presented at the Annual Conference of the American Society for Indexing, June 15–18, 2016, in Chicago, Illinois.
If you have specific questions about the eligibility of an index for the award, please email the Registrar at firstname.lastname@example.org