Run annually by SIG-III, the International Paper Contest is a contest to which information professionals from developing countries can submit pieces of research not exceeding 5000 words which they have done.Up to six (6) winners are selected in each annual contest. The prize for each winner is a two-year individual membership in ASIS&T. In the case of multiple authors, the principal author will be awarded the ASIS&T membership. In addition, depending on SIG III fundraising for this competition, the first place winner will be rewarded a minimum of $1,000 toward travel, conference registration, and accommodations while attending the ASIS&T Annual Meeting.The theme of the Paper Contest mirrors the theme of the ASIS&T Annual Meeting for any given year. The theme may be addressed at either the country or regional level issues. Papers could discuss issues, policies and case studies on specific aspects of the theme, such as, but not limited to the following (mainly adopted from the conference theme):
- Multilingual information systems
- Cross-language information retrieval
- Accessibility and cultural factors in system design and information services
- Cross-border data flows
- Open access and cultural diversity
- Information literacy and challenges of harmony versus hegemony
- The role of international organizations in building on diversity
- Digital inclusion
- Social networking in a linguistically and culturally rich environment
- Information behavior in diverse contexts
- Knowledge management in diverse contexts
- Information policy
Papers will be selected through a peer review process. The judging criteria will be based on:
- Originality of paper in the developing world environment (originality of the project described, etc.)
- Relevance to the Paper contest.
- Presentation and organization.
- Style. The international paper contest committee requires that submissions follow the International Information and Library Review instructions to authors. Detailed information is available under the heading, Guide for Authors.
Only papers by a principal author who is a citizen of, and resides in a developing country are eligible. Winners in the 2006-2009 contests are not eligible. The papers should beoriginal, unpublished, and ONLY in English. We encourage submissions from librarians, information and network specialists, and educators involved in the creation, representation, maintenance, exchange, discovery, delivery, and use of digital information. Submitted papers will be considered for inclusion in a special issue of the International Information and Library Review, subject to the usual peer refereeing process, for that journal. ASIS&T will have the non-exclusive right to publish any of the papers submitted on its web site or in print, with ownership and all other rights remaining with the author