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Early Career Researcher - Best Paper Prize

About the Prize

The TASA Prize for the most distinguished peer-reviewed article published by an Early Career Researcher is an annual process that uses academic peer review to select a paper of outstanding quality published in any journal during the previous three calendar years (ie the 2020 Award will assess papers that were published from 2017 – 2019). The Prize was established in 2016 to provide more opportunities for early career sociologists to gain recognition for the quality of their scholarship and enhance their reputations, especially within interdisciplinary teams.

 

The  Award is presented at the TASA annual conference.

Submissions for the 2020 round extended to Thursday August 6. 

Nomination form

 
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2019 Winner Emma Lee
2019 Winner: Emma Lee
Lee, Emma (2017) Performing colonisation: The manufacture of Black female bodies in tourism researchAnnals of Tourism Research. Vol. 66, September 2017, Pages 95-104

 
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2018 Winner: Karla Elliot
2018 Winner: Karla Elliot

Elliott, Karla (2016), ‘Caring masculinities: theorizing an emerging concept’, Men and Masculinities, vol. 19, no. 3, pp. 240-259.

Karla Elliot with ECR Chair Alphia Possamai-Inesedy – TASA VP

Winner Karla Elliott with ECR Chair Alphia Possamai-Inesedy – TASA VP


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2017 Winner: Juliet Watson
2017 Winner: Juliet Watson

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Inaugural winner - 2016: Jennifer Cheng
Inaugural winner - 2016: Jennifer Cheng

Cheng, J. (2015), ‘Islamophobia, Muslimophobia or racism? : parliamentary discourses on Islam and Muslims in debates on the minaret ban in Switzerland’, Discourse and Society, vol 26, no 5 , pp 562 – 586.


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Nominations and Submissions Procedure
Nominations and Submissions Procedure

The general nomination and submission details are as follows:

  • A general call is made at the beginning of each year to authors via TASAweb, TASA’s members’ newsletter, Twitter, TASA’s blog and Nexus;
  • Nominations must be made on the official nomination form (you will need to login after clicking the form link). The nomination procedure requires a statement addressing each of the prize criterions (a one-page limit – no less than 2.54cm margins with a minimum font size of 11);
  • The completed nomination form, a pdf copy of the paper and the short statement addressing the criteria, must be submitted to the TASA Office by no later than June 30; and
  • It is a condition of entry that publicity for the winning paper refers to the prize as The Australian Sociological Association’s Most Distinguished Paper Award. The prize can be described as being awarded annually for the ‘best authored paper in Australian Sociology by an Early Career Researcher’.

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Eligibility Criteria
Eligibility Criteria

The intention of the TASA Executive Committee in awarding this prize is to recognise members’ contribution to the discipline of sociology through publication of a distinguished peer-reviewed article by an Early Career Researcher.

 

The award is open to submissions from any TASA member who has been awarded their PhD within the last five calendar years (i.e. 2016 – 2020). Special consideration may be given to applicants who have experienced a significant ‘career disruption’.

 

Papers authored by TASA Executive members can be nominated but the author/s cannot be a part of the voting process.

 

The article submitted by the applicant must be in English, have been accepted by a peer reviewed journal and have a specific sociological focus.

 

Papers by multiple authors will be accepted when nominated by the first author.

 

Papers accepted online before print will also be accepted for nomination.

 

The award can only be awarded once to the same applicant.

 

Symposia or parts of symposia, replies or rejoinders, notes and book reviews (but not review essays) are excluded from consideration.

The article will be assessed on the following criteria:

  • Quality (e.g. thoroughness, high skill, eloquence) 20%;
  • Contribution to sociological thought (e.g. pushing forward) 20%;
  • Originality (e.g. innovative application/generation of theory) 20%;
  • Clarity (e.g. well-written, clearly organised, presented) 20%; and
  • Impact (e.g. policy 5%, practice 5%, citations 5%, new theory or a new understanding of an existing theory 5%) 20%.

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The Prize
The Prize

The recipient of the Prize will receive:

  • A complimentary conference registration to attend the TASA conference at which the Prize is presented (includes conference dinner);
  • A certificate & trophy to acknowledge formally the receipt of the Prize;
  • An invitation to submit an article for Nexus/TASA Blog on the paper;
  • Publicity through the TASA membership and wider social science community; and
  • A listing on this ECR-BP Award TASAweb page.

 

From left, Evan Willis (recipient of the 2013 Distinguished Service to Australian Sociology Award), Kirsten MacLean (Conference MC), Xiaoying Qi (2013 JMA recipient), Adam Possamai (2013 JMA Chair), Eileen Clark (2013 recipient of the Outstanding Service to TASA Award), Jo Lindsay (2012/2013 TASA President), & Gary Bouma (recipient of the 2013 Distinguished Service to Australian Sociology Award).


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