SPARC Europe announces Call-for-Nominations for the Fifth Award for Outstanding Achievements in Scholarly Communications

Award to Honour Leaders in Field of Scholarly Communications

For more information, contact Carmen Morlon, SPARC Europe Secretariat 

The Hague, The Netherlands — SPARC Europe (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition), a leading organization of European research libraries, today announced the opening of nominations for the Fifth SPARC Europe Award for Outstanding Achievements in Scholarly Communications.  Launched in 2006, this annual Award recognises an individual or group within Europe that has made significant advances in our understanding of the issues surrounding scholarly communications and/or in developing practical means to address the problems with the current systems.  The First Award, in 2006, was presented to the Wellcome Trust, with the second in 2007 going to the SHERPA group, the third in 2008 to Leo Waaijers and the fourth in 2009 to DOAJ, the Directory of Open Access Journals.

Nominations are open to all who have made major contributions in the field of scholarly communications, and the judging panel, formed from members of the SPARC Europe Board of Directors, particularly wishes to receive nominations for individuals or groups working in any of the following areas:

  • Research that helps illuminate the scholarly communications landscape
  • Advocacy for new models of scholarly communications
  • Development of new tools to aid scholarly communication (e.g. repository software)
  • Interesting new projects or products
  • Implementation of policies that promote new scholarly communication models.

Nominations may come from any part of the world, but nominees should work mainly within Europe (Self-nominations will not be accepted.)  Preference will be given to activity within the past two years. Nominations, together with a short (approximately 500 words) outline of the nominee’s work, should be sent to no later than 28 May 2010. The Award will be presented at the LIBER Annual Conference in Aarhus, Denmark, 29 June – 3 July 2010.

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