Nominations for the John Simkin Medal
The John Simkin Medal will not be offered in 2020. Instead, the process has been postponed and a new call for nominations will be issued in 2021.
ANZSI Council has taken this decision because of the COVID-19 emergency and the social isolation measures in force in all Australian states and territories and New Zealand. The postponement will reduce risk to ANZSI officers and our Judging Panel (risk associated with handling, packaging, distribution and redistribution of publications for assessment) and contribute to ‘flattening the curve’ in the growth of COVID-19 infections.
The John Simkin Medal
ANZSI offers a Medal for an outstanding index to a book or periodical compiled in Australia or New Zealand. The John Simkin Medal, previously known as the ANZSI Medal, has since 2014 been named in honour of John Simkin, one of the founding members of the Society. John promoted the ideals of indexes and indexing throughout his 40-year association with the Society, and the Medal acknowledges his contribution to indexing.
The Judging Panel comprises experienced indexers, editors and publishers. The award is offered biennially, but not necessarily awarded. Judges may decide that no entry merits award of the Medal; more than one medal may be awarded when two or more indexes are judged to be outstanding, or no award may be made. The Medal and a certificate are presented to the indexer and the publisher receives a certificate. Judges may also recommend the award of one or more ‘Highly Commended’ certificates but are not compelled to do so.
To be eligible for nomination for the award, an index must be in print and normally must have been first published no earlier than three years prior to the year in which the award is made. However, in 2021 te award will cover works published in or after 2017. The index must have been compiled in Australia or New Zealand even though the text to which it refers may have originated elsewhere.
For the award, indexes are judged at the level of outstanding professional achievement, thus sufficient material is required, both in quality and quantity, for appraisal. The index should be substantial in size, the subject matter should be complex, and the language, form and structure of the index should demonstrate the indexer’s expertise as well as serving the needs of the text and the reader.
Publishers, indexers and all interested persons may nominate indexes which meet the criteria, and which they regard as worthy of consideration. Indexers are encouraged to nominate their own works.