De Gruyter SaurIFLA

De Gruyter Saur and IFLA Invite submissions of papers for the
De Gruyter Saur / IFLA Research Paper Award 2015

This is an annual award for the best research paper on a topic of importance to publishing and access to information.

Deadline: 16 March 2015


Digital Libraries: Knowledge creation and sharing

Goal: Advance research on Digital Libraries as environment facilitating collaboration, creation and sharing of knowledge

Submissions are invited to focus on one of several of the following subthemes:

  • Intersection of Digital Libraries and Digital Humanities
  • Linked Open Data in Digital Libraries
  • Open Data and re-use of data
  • User participation and crowdsourcing
  • Open Access
  • Use of Digital Library in information practices
  • The impact of Digital Libraries in user community and knowledge creation
  • Data curation
  • The role of Digital Libraries in sustaining access to information

The award is aimed at encouraging original research and publication by those relatively new to the profession. Those with no more than eight years of professional experience in library and information services are eligible.

The award is an amount of EUR 1,000 (one thousand Euros)

The selected paper must have been written no earlier than January 2014 and not yet to have been published. The paper's maximum length should be approx. 5,000 words and should be submitted in English.

The selection panel for the award comprises three members of the IFLA Library Theory and Research Section. All applicants will be required to sign a license for De Gruyter Saur to publish their submitted paper in one of De Grutyer Saur’s journals.

Both IFLA and De Gruyter Saur will announce and further publicize the award via their websites, relevant mailing lists, journals and newsletters, press conferences, news releases etc.

The recipient of the award will be announced at the IFLA Awards session during the IFLA World Library and Information Congress in Cape Town, South Africa in August 2015.

Papers must be submitted by 16 March 2015.


Papers must not have been published in any form (including online) at the time of application, and must not be under consideration by any other award or journal.

The decisions of the jury are final.

The publisher reserves the right to determine which journal the winning paper will be published in, and also reserves the right not to publish the winning paper.

Send submissions to: Anna Maria Tammaro