The Editor’s Award is given to an individual for outstanding service to the journals, the Glossary of Meteorology, and the Meteorological Monographs. The service generally takes the form of providing exceptional reviews in a timely fashion or providing reviews of difficult submissions. Other forms of service are also recognized, including providing Editors advice about disparate reviews and adjudicating controversies between reviewers and authors. The award draws attention to the fact that the quality of our publications 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.
Each publication nominates one individual per year, and additional awards can be given to improve the equity of awards across publications. The number of additional awards in a given year is roughly equal to the number of submissions to AMS publications divided by 500. Nominations for the Editor’s award are submitted by the Editors of each publication to the Chief Editor of that specific publication. 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 publication 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.