AJN editorial director Thomas Schwarz managed this year's Book of the Year program, including the selection of judges. All judges were asked whether they would be able to provide unbiased reviews of submissions from members of the AJN staff. Books were sent by the publishers directly to the judges. AJN ’s editor-in-chief recused herself from involvement in this year's selection process. Only books published between August 2001 and August 2002 were eligible.