De Gruyter SaurIFLA

De Gruyter Saur and IFLA Invite submissions of papers for the
De Gruyter Saur / IFLA Research Paper Award 2016

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

Deadline: 30 April 2016


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
  • User participation and crowdsourcing
  • Linked Open Data
  • Open Data and re-use of data
  • Open Access
  • Digital scholarship, e-science and Digital Libraries
  • Use of Digital Library in information practices
  • The impact of Digital Libraries in user community and learning
  • Data curation
  • The role of Digital Libraries in sustaining access to information
  • Professional competencies of digital librarians

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 2015 and not yet to have been published. The paper's maximum length should be approximately 5,000 words and should be submitted in English.

The award selection panel is comprised of members of the IFLA Library Theory and Research Section. All applicants will be required to sign a licence 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.


Download the application form:

Papers, accompanied by a completed application form, must be submitted by 30 April 2016 to: [email protected].


  • Incomplete applications will not be accepted;
  • 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.