Best Conference Paper Award Procedures
This award recognizes the author(s) of an original paper identified as the “best conference paper.” The Best Conference Paper Award creates (and recreates) excitement at each conference about papers that are innovative and have the potential to “move the field” forward.
WFRN members who present at the biennial conference.
Calls for nominations are publicized in the conference program and in conference communications. Anyone can nominate a paper for consideration.
The committee will be composed of 3-4 WFRN members and approved by the Executive Board. The committee is established by April 1 of the conference year.
The Awards Committee evaluates nominations on the following criteria, basing analysis on the paper submission abstracts.
- Importance of the research question
- Quality of methods
- Advancement of theory
- Potential impact on future research
- Potential impact on practice or policy
If no clear top recipient is identified, the committee can elect to designate more than one recipient. In order to recognize the potential of scholars at their early career stages, the committee is encouraged to consider the career stage of nominees.
Award Selection Schedule
The award recipient(s) are selected within one month following the conclusion of the biennial conference.