Outstanding Publication Award


Purpose

The College of Agriculture Outstanding Publication Award is to foster academic scholarship and excellence by recognizing tenure track and non-tenure track (defined to include Research Professor series and Research Fellow IV) faculty members for publishing in top tier peer-reviewed journals with high impact factor or for high quality publications that have had a high scientific or economic impact.

Nomination Form

Value of Outstanding Publications

The academic community uses “impact factor” (IF), citations and other metrics to assess the value and quality of a research publication. Papers published in high IF journals tend to have broader readership and more citations. The IF of the journals a researcher publishes in has a durable impact on their career. Grant panels and search committees use this information to determine the scholarship and worth of a researcher. Prospective students and postdocs also use IF metrics to select major professors. Many independent academic ranking organizations use number of papers published by faculty in top journals and citations as key metrics for ranking institutions.

Award Categories

This award has three categories:

  1. Publications in Journals with High Impact Factor defined as publications in peer-reviewed High Impact Multidisciplinary Scientific/Professional or Discipline-specific Journals with an Impact Factor of 5.0 or higher. All qualified nominations in this category will be recognized.
  2. Publications with High Scientific Impact (formerly known as High Impact Paper Award) defined as publications in peer-reviewed journals that have had a high scientific impact measured by citation counts. Only one qualified nomination will be recognized college-wide annually in this category.
  3. Publications with High Economic Impact defined as publications in peer-reviewed journals that have resulted in high economic impact on Alabama’s agriculture and state/national economy. Only one qualified nomination will be recognized college-wide annually in this category.

Evaluation

All nominations will be evaluated by the College Research Awards Committee.

The Award

Winners will receive a plaque recognizing this accomplishment and the winning publications will be highlighted in the college’s newsletter and other appropriate communication channels. In addition, winners of Publications in Journals with High Impact Factor will receive $2,000 cash prize.

Nominations

Nominations may be submitted by department heads/chairs, school director or faculty members (including self-nominations).


Publications in Journals with High Impact Factor:
  • The research must be original and creative and the publication must have been published within the previous one fiscal year. For example, articles published between October 1, 2016 and September 30, 2017 will be considered for the 2017 award.
  • The paper must be at least an Online First Version by the nomination date.
  • Letter of nomination must include the following: publication title: authors, date published, journal, journal impact factor for the most recent year and a PDF file of the publication.
  • Publications may have more than one author but only publications having an Auburn University College of Agriculture faculty member or researcher as first author (including co-first author) or corresponding author will be considered for this award. All co-authors of the publication who are members of Auburn University College of Agriculture will be recognized and can share the cash prize. However, the plaque will be presented to the first author (including co-first author) or corresponding author on behalf of all authors.

Publications with High Scientific Impact:
  • The research must be original and creative and the publication must have had a significant scientific impact.
  • The scientific impact can be measured by the number of people who have used the publication as measured by citations. All verifiable counts of citations (e.g., Google Scholar user profiles for citations) are acceptable.
  • Letter of nomination must include the following: publication title: authors, date published, journal, number of citations, and a PDF file of the publication.
  • The citation counts will be measured for the first five years after the publication date in a sliding manner. For example, publications considered in 2017 will include papers published since 2013.
  • Publications may have more than one author but only publications having an Auburn University College of Agriculture faculty member or researcher as first author (including co-first author) or corresponding author will be considered for this award. All co-authors of the publication who are members of Auburn University College of Agriculture will be recognized. However, the plaque will be presented to the first author (including co-first author) or corresponding author on behalf of all authors.

Publications with High Economic Impact:
  • The research must be original and creative and the publication must have had a significant economic impact.
  • Economic impact can be measured by the development of new innovations, patents or commercial products (e.g., new technologies/tools, new varieties, new software/apps, etc.), along with estimates of the economic gains in the state and national economy as a result of the publication and its related technology. The assessment of economic impact should come from independent scientists.
  • Letter of nomination must include the following: publication title: authors, date published, journal, a statement on the economic impact, and a PDF file of the publication.
  • The economic impact will be measured for the first five years after the publication date in a sliding manner. For example, publications considered in 2017 will include papers published since 2013.
  • Publications may have more than one author but only publications having an Auburn University College of Agriculture faculty member or researcher as first author (including co-first author) or corresponding author will be considered for this award. All co-authors of the publication who are members of Auburn University College of Agriculture will be recognized. However, the plaque will be presented to the first author (including co-first author) or corresponding author on behalf of all authors.

Nomination Form