ASIS&T SIG/STI Sponsors a Best Paper Award 

The Scientific and Technical Information Special Interest Group (SIG) is pleased to announce an award to be given to the best paper in the library and information science literature, in the area of Scientific and Technical Information.  The winner will receive a cash stipend of $300 to attend the ASIS&T annual conference, held in Seattle, WA in October. 

Submission deadline for the award is August 30, 2014.

After reading and following the guidelines below, please send submissions to the Award Jury Chair: Professor Qin Jian (


Rules for the Award

1.      Nature of the award

Author or authors who win the SIG/STI best paper award will receive a cash stipend of $300 to attend the ASIS&T annual conference.  They will receive the $300 award, in recognition of their winning paper, at the STI business meeting during the ASIS&T annual conference.

2.      Purpose of the award

The purpose of the award is to recognize the best paper in the library and information science literature that falls within the scope of Scientific and Technical Information, which was published during the previous calendar year in either a peer reviewed journal or a conference proceeding.

3.      Eligibility criteria for the award

-Paper must have been published in a peer reviewed journal or conference proceeding within the last calendar year.

-At least one author must be a current member of SIG STI.

-At least one author must register for the ASIS&T annual conference and attend the SIG STI business meeting during the ASIS&T annual conference.

-The subject of the paper must fall within the scope of Scientific and Technical Information.

4.      Administration of the award

The Paper Award is sponsored by SIG STI.  It is administered by the SIG STI Awards Jury.


5.      Nominations for the award

Nominations shall be sent by email to the Award Jury Chair, Professor Qin Jian, at

The nomination must include: a full citation; brief explanation why the paper was nominated; copy of the article.  An individual may nominate himself or herself.

6.      Selection of the Awardee

Jury members will have access to copies of the nominated papers. Content of each eligible paper shall be appraised and the maximum number of points each paper can accumulate is 100.  Each paper will be evaluated in terms of the following criteria:

  1. Theoretical framework and/or conceptual relevance to Scientific and Information Technology – 10 points maximum
  2. Problem statement, appropriateness of the methodology and references – 20 points maximum
  3. Significance and implications of the findings – 30 points maximum
  4. Innovation and originality – 30 points maximum
  5. Clarity of expression – 10 points maximum.


7.      Presentation of Award

The award shall be announced and presented to the winning author by the Jury Chair during the SIG-STI business meeting at the annual conference of the Society.

8.      Publicity

The award shall be posted in the SIG STI listserv, the SIG STI web site, and SIG STI social media site.  It shall be posted by any chapter with which the winner is affiliated.

9.      Deadline

-The Call for Submissions for the SIG STI Paper Award shall be published during the spring.

-The Submission Deadline is August 30th.

-The awardee will be notified approximately one month before the start of the ASIST annual meeting.


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