ICAS Book Prize 2021 English Language Edition - Rules and Regulations

ICAS Book Prize 2021 English Language Edition - Rules and Regulations

Below are rules, sponsor and contact details of the IBP 2021 English Language Edition.
For details of the other language editions, please follow these links:
Chinese (simplified / traditional), FrenchGerman, Japanese, KoreanPortuguese, RussianSpanish.

The IBP is administered by the ICAS Secretariat, hosted by the International Institute for Asian Studies (Leiden). The ICAS Secretary, Paul van der Velde, will act as General Secretary of all IBP Language Editions. The Secretary of the IBP English Edition 2021 is Sonja Zweegers (ibp@iias.nl). The Official Sponsor of the IBP English Language Edition is The Asian Library at Leiden University, the Netherlands.

The IBP Reading Committees will adhere to a jointly agreed upon set of principles in their decision making process. The final decision of the Reading Committees is indisputable and irrevocable.

  1. Books and Dissertations can be submitted online before 1 October 2020.
  2. Eligible titles are Asia-related academic publications in the Humanities and Social Sciences.
  3. Publications must be written in English.
  4. Publications must have first been published after August 2018, and not have been submitted to the previous IBP.
  5. New editions, reference works, anthologies, fiction, poetry, travel books, autobiographies, memoirs, pamphlets, textbooks and exhibition catalogues are not eligible.
  6. Books must be submitted online by publishers (academic presses or commercial publishers).
  7. Submitters of books are required to upload a PDF version of the publication during the submission process.
  8. After entering the book details online, submitters will be instructed per email where to send the hardcopies of books (5 in total). No books shall be returned (if, for example, they prove to be ineligible). 
  9. 1 more hardcopy of the book will be required if it is longlisted. Publishers of longlisted titles will be informed.
  10. Dissertations must be submitted online by authors or promotors. Dissertations are submitted digitally only, not in hardcopy.
  11. You will need to create an account and/or log in to this site before you are able to submit a title.

The presentation of the IBP Awards takes place during the Opening Ceremony of the ICAS meeting of that same year. The IBP 2021 Awards Presentation will take place during the Opening Ceremony of ICAS 12, on 24 August 2021 (Kyoto, Japan).

Authors on the IBP shortlists are strongly encouraged to attend the IBP Awards Presentation.

The long and shortlists will be shared directly with the relevant authors and publishers, they will be published in The Newsletter (produced by IIAS: www.iias.asia/the-newsletter), and distributed through other Asian Studies platforms.

The IBP English Language Edition features 2 main Awards for Books:

  1. Best Book in the Humanities
  2. Best Book in the Social Sciences

The Prizes for ‘Best Book’ each consist of €2500 (in the case of a multi-authored work the prize will be shared equally), which is made up of €1250 of prize money and €1250 reimbursement for any costs made in order to attend ICAS 12 in Kyoto.   

In addition to the main Book Awards, the Reading Committee can grant special Accolades in the following categories: (1) Publishers Accolade for Outstanding Production Value; (2) Most Accessible and Captivating Work for the Non-specialist Reader Accolade; (3) Specialist Publication Accolade; (4) Teaching Tool Accolade; (5) Ground-breaking Subject Matter Accolade; (6) Edited Volume Accolade; (7) Best Art Book Accolade.
(These categories are subject to change).

Accolade winners will receive a registration fee waiver of the current or next ICAS meeting.

The Prizes for the ‘Best Dissertation in the Humanities’ and the ‘Best Dissertation in the Social Sciences’ consist of €1250 of prize money each.

In addition to the main Dissertation Awards, the Reading Committee can grant special Accolades in the following categories: (1) Most Accessible and Captivating Work Accolade; (2) Ground-breaking Subject Matter Accolade; (3) Specialist Publication Accolade.
(These categories are subject to change).

Accolade winners will receive a registration fee waiver of the current or next ICAS meeting.

Contact:  ibp@iias.nl

Paul van der Velde (IBP General Secretary)
Sonja Zweegers (IBP-English Secretary)

The ICAS Book Prize 2021 - English Edition is now accepting submissions.

You can only submit your book after registering and logging on to this website.
Please first read the Rules & Regulations before you start the submissions process.
Please do not send us any books before submitting the titles online. After submitting the titles you shall receive further instructions for sending hard copies.