Our judging panel awards books for their applicability to audience, production quality and originality.
All entries are individually reviewed and appraised by doctors and educators who are interested in medical publishing.
Preliminary reviewing takes place during March and April. Reviewers are asked to consider accuracy, currency, originality, book production quality and whether the title meets the needs of its audience.
The appraisals and the books themselves are then evaluated by specialist panels in May and June, arriving at short listing recommendations for a winner and highly commended awards in each category. Final judging usually takes place in June.
The panel consists of the BMA Chairman of Council, the President, and the Librarian. They review the shortlisting panels’ recommendations and to select the BMA Medical book of the year.
Apply to be a reviewer
Reviewers are assessed by two simple criteria: length of review and speed. These assessments are used to determine allocations in future years.
Length of review
Excellent: More than 15 sentences (in total) for any of the criteria
Standard: Between five and 15 sentences (in total) for any of the criteria
Poor: No comments or up to five sentences only (in total) for any of the criteria
Excellent: By first deadline given in mail out
Standard: By first reminder deadline
Poor: No response or response only after first reminder deadline
Reviewers are able to keep the books which they appraise.
If you are interested in becoming a reviewer, please apply to be a reviewer using the online form.
For more information, please email [email protected]