ICAS Book Prize English Language Edition - Rules and Regulations

For the rules, regulations, sponsors and contact details of the other IBP Language Editions, please follow these links: French, German, Chinese, Portugese, Korean, Spanish.

The IBP is administered by the ICAS Secretariat. The ICAS Secretary, Paul van der Velde, will act as General Secretary of all IBP Language Editions.

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.

The Secretary of the IBP English Edition 2019 is Sonja Zweegers (ibp@iias.nl)

The Official Sponsor of the IBP English Language Edition is The Asian Library at Leiden University, the Netherlands.

  1. Books and Dissertations can be submitted online for the IBP 2019 between 15 March and 10 October 2018
  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 2016, 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. Upon entering the book titles online, submitters will be instructed where to send the hardcopies of books (6 in total). No books shall be returned (if, for example, they prove to be ineligible).
  8. Dissertations must be submitted online by authors or promotors. Dissertations are submitted digitally only, not in hardcopy.

The Presentation of the IBP Awards takes place during the Opening Ceremony of the ICAS meeting of that same year. The IBP 2019 Awards Presentation will take place during the Opening Ceremony of ICAS 11, on 16 July 2019 (Leiden, the Netherlands).

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 4 main Awards for Books:

  1. Best Book in the Humanities
  2. Best Book in the Social Sciences
  3. Colleagues' Choice Award in the Humanities
  4. Colleagues' Choice Award in the Social Sciences

The Prizes for ‘Best Book’ each consist of €2,500 (in the case of a multi-authored work the prize will be shared equally).

The Colleagues' Choice Award winners will be reimbursed for the flight to and registration fee for the current or next ICAS meeting.

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 Awards for the ‘Best Dissertation in the Humanities’ and the ‘Best Dissertation in the Social Sciences’ consist of €1250 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)

Current edition: IBP 2019

The ICAS Book Prize 2019 is now accepting submissions.

You can only submit your book after registering and logging in to this website.

Read more instructions in the IBP 2019 menu below 

Please do not send us any books before registering the titles online. After registration you shall receive further instructions for sending the copies.

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