Nominations for the Editor’s award are submitted by the Editors of each journal to the Chief Editor of that specific journal. Nominations must include information about reviewer performance, and why that reviewer is outstanding among the reviewers participating in the review process for the calendar year under consideration. The Chief Editor is charged with
making the final recommendation(s) for the Journal under consideration. The nominations are then submitted to the Publications Commissioner, who reviews and presents them to the Publications Commission for its approval. The nominees are then forwarded to the AMS Council, through the Awards Oversight Committee, for final approval.
The Editor’s Award is given to an individual who has contributed a referee’s report of outstanding merit on a manuscript submitted for publication in one of the Society’s journals. It draws attention to the fact that the quality of our journals depends in a crucial way upon the reviewing process, and that this process is one to which a large segment of the scientific community contributes much time and painstaking effort, largely unheralded, in a spirit of selfless commitment to the ideals of accuracy and lucidity in scientific writing. An individual may receive an Editor's Award only once, whether for the same, or any other, journal.