We are happy to announce an open competition for the Austral Award for 2020.
The Austral Award will be given to an early-career research scientist (criteria below) who sends an exceptional Review manuscript to Austral Ecology. The topic of the review manuscript should focus on topics that enrich the understanding of the ecology, with relevance to (but not exclusivity to) the Southern Hemisphere. If the award is given for a paper with multiple authors (no more than five, and the lead and corresponding authors must be early-career) all authors will receive a certificate, and those meeting the early-career research criteria at the time of publication will share the monetary prize.
The recipient of The Austral Award will receive a $1,500 cash award along with the opportunity to publish a prominently featured and freely available review article in Austral Ecology. In addition, the runner-up will receive $750 and the opportunity to publish a freely available article in Austral Ecology.
To apply for The Austral Award, please submit a brief (< 300 words) proposal as a *.pdf for a concise review paper by 30 October 2019 to AustralEditor@ecolsoc.org.au, with “The Austral Award” in the subject line. Then approximately a month later an invitation to submit will be sent to the proposals that made it to the next step. The deadline for submitting a full Review paper will be 1 July 2020.
A pre-selection committee will evaluate these applications and choose a subset of the nominees to write review articles. These reviews do not need to cover an entire research area, and in fact can be concise summaries (< 5000 words) of particularly novel areas of research in ecology.
The pre-selection selection committee will review these full submissions from the finalists and send the submissions out for peer review.
Accepted submissions will then be reassessed by the final selection committee that will choose the winner and runner-up of the Austral Award. All submissions have the opportunity to appear in Austral Ecology if they meet the journals standards.
The winner must have finished her/his PhD no more than five years prior to the deadline (MSc students and PhD students are also eligible). Austral Ecology realizes that life intervenes occasionally, so this cut-off is meant to be a suggestion and not a hard requirement. However, applicants should provide an explanation if they are requesting an exception (e.g. absence due to family leave, dramatic shifts in research area, etc.).