April 18, 2017

Outstanding Publication Award

Ecology Letters & ESA Early Career Ecologist Section Award for Outstanding Publication by an Early Career Ecologist 

The Early Career Ecologist (ECE) Section of the Ecological Society of America (ESA) and the prestigious journal Ecology Letters have come together to honor outstanding research by early career ecologists published as a peer-reviewed manuscript of importance and relevance to the ecological community. The award consists of a $300 cash prize and a commemorative plaque. The winner will be announced at the ESA-ECE business meeting and awards ceremony at the ESA annual meeting (details below).

Eligibility and nomination

  • Only members of the ESA Early Career Ecologist Section can apply. Check whether you are currently a member here. It only costs $5 and membership provides you with a lot of perks to the ESA (such as eligibility to this award).
  • Only ecologists with a PhD awarded after May 1st, 2011. Exceptions on the upper-bound to the graduation time limit will be made on a case-by-case basis (e.g. maternity/paternity leave, sick leave, etc.). Requests for an exception should be explained in the cover letter of the application (below).
  • Applicants are strongly encouraged to attend the ECE Section Business Meeting & Award Ceremony. This will take place 11:30-13:00 Aug 7th 2018 (room TBA) at the ESA annual conference in New Orleans, LA.
  • The paper must have been published in a peer-reviewed journal after 01 June 2014, or be in press by 01 June 2018.
  • Members of groups underrepresented in science are strongly encouraged to apply.

Selection criteria

Applications will be reviewed by an awards committee consisting of officers of the ESA-ECE Section and senior board members of Ecology Letters. The award honors early career ecologists that publish papers of high significance to the scientific community. The applications are evaluated on the following three criteria:

  1. Paper’s contribution to the field: the work is published in a recognized, peer-reviewed journal. It is original, addresses novel hypotheses, with an innovative approach, it is well written, and provides broad insights to the field of ecology.
  2. Broader impact: relevance of the manuscript to achieve tangible applications to real world environmental problems or issues.
  3. Time since PhD graduation: the impact, scope and scale of the nominated publication will be normalized by time since PhD graduation.

Application process:

The application package consists of the following 2 items, which are all due by 5 pm EST on July 20th, 2018:

  1. A 1-page cover letter containing:
    • A 150 word description of the impact of the paper to ecology at large.
    • A sentence confirming that the candidate is a member of the ESA-ECE Section.
    • Date of PhD graduation in the following format: DD-MMMM-YYYY (E.g. 21-SEPT-2016)
    • If appropriate, any extenuating circumstances for inclusion into the competition by a candidate with a PhD graduation prior to 01-MAY-2011.
  1. The publication, including all pertinent supplementary online materials. If the paper is in press, please also attach the email confirming publication by the journal.

Item 1 above to be prepared using only Times New Roman 12-point font, with 1 inch on all four margins.

Please e-mail all documentation as a single PDF file named as “2018_LASTNAME_FIRSTNAME_Ecol_Letts_ECE_Award.pdf” (e.g. 2018_Smith_John_Ecol_Letts_ECE_Award.pdf) to earlycareer@esa.org with the subject line of “Ecol Letts EC Award” by the aforementioned deadline. Late applications or applications that do not follow the selection criteria and application process above will not be considered.