The John Wiley & Sons Best JASIST Paper Award was established in 1969 and is administered by the Awards & Honors Committee.
1. Nature of the Award
1.1 The award shall consist of a $1,500 cash award sponsored by John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Additionally, John Wiley & Sons shall contribute $500 towards travel or other expenses to the grant recipient, contingent upon the recipient’s attending the ASIS&T annual meeting, and $250 to ASIS&T Headquarters towards administrative fees and a certificate presented to each of the authors .
2. Purpose of the Award
2.1 The purpose of this award is to recognize the best refereed paper published in the volume year of the Journal of the Association for Information Science (JASIST) preceding the ASIS&T annual meeting.
3.1 All papers published in the volume year of JASIST preceding the ASIS&T annual meeting are eligible for the award. (“Perspective” articles are eligible).
3.2 Authors need not be members of ASIS&T to be eligible for the award.
4.1 The John Wiley & Sons Best JASIST Paper Award is sponsored by the Association-at-Large and is administered by the Awards & Honors Committee.
5.1 No nomination procedure is used for this award. All eligible papers are considered.
6. Jury Committee
6.1 The Jury Committee consists of five members who serve for one year.
6.2 The Chair of the Awards & Honors Committee appoints the Jury Chair.
6.3 The Jury Chair appoints three additional members to the Jury who serve for one year. One of the members is from the journal’s Editorial Board and two from the Association-at-Large. Jury members may be re-appointed to serve a second term.
6.4 The Editor of JASIST, or a designee, serves as an ex-officio member of the Jury, with voice but without vote.
6.5 The composition of the Jury shall reflect the range of Society membership and interests, to the extent practicable.
7. Selection of Awardee
The papers shall be evaluated using the following criteria:
7.1 Professional Merit (40%)
(a) Creativity and originality, as reflected in new insights, interpretations, facts, innovations, methods, applications, etc. (stimulating, informative, enlightening, etc.);
(b) Scientific and professional quality of the research, review, development work, methods of inquiry, etc. (competent, valid, replicable, etc.); and
(c) Scholarship embodied in the presentation, explanations, interpretations, and discussions (researched, documented, balanced, critical, etc.).
7.2 Contribution (40%)
(a) Societal or scientific/technical significance of the topic or problem investigated or expounded (universality, urgency, impact, etc.);
(b) Usefulness of the paper to practicing information professionals (applicability, timeliness, scope, problem-solving value, etc.); and
(c) Relevance of the topic or problem to the interests of information science and technology.
7.3 Presentation Quality (20%)
(a) Readability, effective organization and presentation of concepts, facts, arguments, etc. (structure, logic, persuasiveness, etc.);
(b) Use of clear, concise, comprehensible, and jargon-free language (ease and pleasure of reading); and
(c) Adherence to “Instructions for Contributors” found in the Journal of the Association for Information Science for format, graphics, citations, etc.
7.4 Each jury member submits to the Jury Chair a ranked list of the top five papers in the JASIST volume year, judged by the above criteria.
7.5 The Jury Chair compiles an aggregated score for each nominated paper (with a score of five for the top ranked, four for the second ranked, etc.) from the ranked lists, and the paper receiving the highest score is selected as the winner.
7.6 In case of a tie, the two highest scoring papers shall be re-evaluated by jury members to determine the winning paper.
7.7 The Jury Chair shall communicate the Jury’s decision to the ASIS&T President, the Chair of the Publications Committee, the Chair of the Awards and Honors Committee, and the ASIS&T Executive Director by 60 days before the start of the ASIS&T annual meeting.
7.8 The Jury Chair shall provide a 50-250 word abstract, stating why the award was given. This abstract will be used to publicize the award. Material for this abstract can be taken from the voting rationales provided by the members of the jury.
7.9 The Jury Chair shall submit the results of Jury deliberations to ASIS&T Headquarters, after selection of the awardee has been completed.
8. Presentation of the Award
8.1 The award shall be presented to the winner by the ASIS&T President at the banquet of the annual meeting of the Association.
9.1 The award shall be publicized through the Bulletin of the Association for Information Science and Technology and the Association website. In addition, press releases may be sent to the winner’s employer and local newspapers and other people/agencies suggested by the winner. Publicity is the responsibility of ASIS&T Headquarters.
10.1 Appointments to the Jury Committee shall be made in advance of the award year and no later than the start of the ASIS&T annual meeting.
10.2 Selection shall be made and the ASIS&T President, the Chair of the Awards & Honors Committee, and the ASIS&T Executive Director shall be notified by 60 days before the start of the ASIS&T annual meeting.
[Approved by Board: 10/31/91] [10/95][revised 9/96] [revised 11/97]