ESR Best Article of the Year Prize

The European Consortium for Sociological Research (ECSR) and the European Sociological Review (ESR) issue a Prize for the Best Article of the Year published in the ESR. The ESR is the flagship journal of the ECSR.

Criteria

The criteria on which articles will be evaluated are in line with the core aims of the ECSR, namely to stimulate rigorous empirical-theoretical sociological research in Europe.

More specifically, the papers will be assessed on the following criteria:

  • Substantively interesting and relevant research problem;
  • Good explanation of the contribution to the field;
  • Rigorous use – and possibly development – of social scientific theory;
  • Rigorous use of advanced research methods.

Regulations

  1. For each volume (calendar year) one prize will be given, starting with papers published in 2016.
  2. The jury for the prize consists of the lead editor of the ESR, a delegate of the ECSR board, and an external member from outside Europe. The ESR editor is the chair of the jury. The chair of the jury informs the members and requests their input.
  3. By 15 February of each year, all jury members nominate two articles to the chair of the jury, by e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The (maximum of) six articles are then ranked by all three jury members, from 1-N (with N nominated articles, 1 is highest). The winner is the article with the fewest points. When rankings are tied, the Chair of the ECSR offers an additional ranking. The ranking procedure results in one winner and two runners-up.
  4. The jury sends the list with the selected winner and runners-up to the ECSR secretary, who informs the ECSR Board.
  5. The prize is awarded with 500 Euro and a certificate.
  6. The prize is handed out at the annual General ECSR Conference.
  7. The winning paper and the two runners-up are made freely available open access on the ESR site at Oxford University Press for one year.