Student Paper Contest

Note: The deadline for the Student Paper Contest has passed. Please see the results page for the results of the contest.

SIG/MET, the Special Interest Group for the measurement of information production and use of the Association for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T) is pleased to announce its second student paper contest. The contest is designed to recognize promising student research relating to the SIG.


SIG/MET seeks to encourages the development and networking of all those interested in the measurement of information. It is holding this contest in order to promote amongst students the generation of new ideas and the conduct of new research in metric-related topics, including bibliometrics, scientometrics, informetrics, webometrics and related domains.


The author of the paper contest must be a full-time student at the time the paper is submitted, irrespective of whether they are members of ASIS&T. Only single-authored manuscripts will be accepted, in order to ensure that the work was conducted primarily by a student. SIG/MET reserves the right to request proof of enrollment as part of the submission and evaluation process. All submissions should be original and not have been published in a journal, or been accepted by a journal, or be in the process of being considered by a journal at the time they are submitted to this contest.


Papers could discuss theories, methods, policies, case studies, etc. on different aspects of measurement of information production and use. Topics include, but are not limited to, the following core areas:

  • Metric-Related Theory
  • Methods and new techniques
  • Citation and co-citation analysis
  • Indicators
  • Altmetrics
  • Webometrics
  • Mapping & visualization
  • Research policy
  • Productivity & publications
  • Journals, databases and electronic publications
  • Collaboration/Co-authorship
  • Patent analysis
  • Knowledge and topic diffusion


There will be a winner, runner-up and, depending on the quantity of strong papers, a number of commended papers. The judges will particularly reward well-written, original research that has potential for publication in a peer-reviewed journal or for presentation at a refereed conference.


The winner and runner-up will be awarded a one-year individual membership to ASIS&T and the winner will also be awarded a cash prize. Authors of highly rated papers will be invited to submit a short biographical piece to be featured on the SIG/MET Website. In addition, if SIG/MET holds a pre-conference workshop at the 2012 Annual Meeting, these authors will be invited to present their research at the workshop.


The SIG/MET student paper contest committee requires that submissions are no longer than ten pages (including figures, tables and references) and follow the template of 2012 ASIS&T annual conference. Detailed information about the template is available at: http://www.asis.org/asist2012/.

Submission and Deadline

Authors are invited to submit manuscripts by midnight EST on Tuesday, the 8th May 2012, to the following website: http://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=sigmetspc2012.

The students will be notified about the results by the end of May. If you have any queries, please email Chaoqun Ni (chni [at] indiana [dot] edu), or Carrie Chang (carriehc [at] gmail [dot] com).