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Book Nomination Information/Process

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The AAPOR Book Award recognizes books that have influenced our understanding of public opinion or survey research methodology.

To be eligible for the AAPOR Book Award a book must have been published three years prior to the year in which the award is given. For example, books available to be nominated for the 2021 Award were published in 2018 or earlier. The “Fifty Books That Have Significantly Shaped Public Opinion Research 1946-1995” have already been recognized by AAPOR and are not eligible for the annual book award. See list at AAPOR.org.

Any AAPOR member can submit nominations for the Book Award. 2021 Book Award nominations are due by Friday, January 15, 2021. Nominations should identify the monograph and describe how it meets the criteria listed above, along with evidence of the book's reach and impact. Monographs or edited volumes by AAPOR and non-AAPOR members are eligible for the award. 

Entries will be evaluated by a committee, chaired by AAPOR’s Councilor-at-Large. The award is presented at the Annual Conference. Recognition will be in the form of a plaque for the author(s) (or editor(s), in the case of an edited volume).

The following criteria will be the basis for making an award to a book or monograph:

1. The excellence of exposition, ideas and methods.

2. The monograph’s impact with respect to: 

  • Stimulating theoretical or empirical research
  • Influencing the way public opinion researchers think about or conduct research on public opinion
  • Significantly influencing broader understanding of the theory or methods of  public opinion
  • Advancing the state of the art or practice of survey methodology.
  • Affecting our understanding of diverse or underrepresented populations, or issues that affect their lives.

3. Its lasting value, as indicated by (for example) the judgments of peers and citation in the literature.