Purpose of the Award

The purpose of the award is to recognize an individual or individuals for an outstanding research contribution in the field of information science. The award is intended to be for achievements that have significant impact in the field. The award is for a systematic “program of research” in a single area at a level beyond the single study, but not at the level of a lifetime’s work.


The nominee must meet the following qualifications:

  • Persons involved in information science research or developmental programs which include research are eligible for the award.
  • The award is to be made for individual(s), not organizations.
  • Nominees must be current members in good standing of ASIS&T
  • Those who have received the Award of Merit are not eligible for this award.
  • In cases where a contribution has been made by a research team, a team nomination may be made.


Submissions will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Intellectual Merit (intellectual quality of the contribution);
  • Broader Impact (impacts of the contribution to practice and society);
  • Coherence of the Contribution (degree to which the contribution forms a coherent whole);
  • Methodological Innovation (contributions to methodology, including the development and evaluation of software, corpora, and other research tools); and
  • Transformation and Transcendence of the Information Field (degree to which the contribution helps to shape and reshape the information field, and connects the information field with related research areas).

Nominations Process

Nominations must be submitted by 11:59 pm US Pacific Time on the deadline date.

Nominations must include:

  • Name, affiliation, and contact information of nominee;
  • Name, affiliation, and contact information of nominator;
  • Nominating letter (up to 3 pages), stating why the candidate deserves the award;
  • A nomination statement (250 words);
  • Three to five supporting documents, such as publications authored by the nominee; and
  • Up to three additional letters of support (up to 3 pages each).

Nominations may be carried over for the succeeding two years unless withdrawn by the nominator.

Selection Process

Award winners shall be selected by a jury composed of ASIS&T members:

  • Jury members will rate each nominee on a scale of 5 (highest) to 1 (lowest) on each of the five criteria listed in section 3, and send their ratings to the jury chair by April 30. Jury members should also submit 1-2 sentences for each nominee summarizing what they see as the most exemplary accomplishments of that nominee.
  • In the event of a tie, the jury chair will identify an additional jury member to break the tie. This new jury member will evaluate only the tied nominations and will rate them using the same five criteria used by the other jurors.
  • The jury chair shall tally the votes, with each of the five categories weighted equally. The nominee with the highest point total shall be the winner. The jury chair shall use the qualitative feedback from the jury as well as their own judgment to write a ~250 word abstract stating the rationale for making the award.

Nature of the Award

The ASIS&T Award for Research in Information Science was established in 1984. The Award is sponsored by the Association-at-Large and is administered by the Awards & Honors Committee. The award consists of a plaque. The winner(s) shall be given the opportunity to publish and/or present a summary/assessment of the work in the area of the award at the ASIS&T annual meeting.

Presentation of the Award

The award shall be presented at the Awards Ceremony held during the ASIS&T Annual Meeting.

Important Dates

  • Jury Appointment: March 15
  • Submission Deadline: March 31
  • Selection Deadline: May 15


[Approved by Board: 10/31/91] [revised 5/95][revised 5/96][revised 11/15] [revised 6/17][revised 2/18]