PeerJ Awards program looks to reward early career researchers demonstrating a commitment to rigorous science

After an energizing International Open Access Week, we are encouraged to see academics and librarians discussing the many ways to build a more open research landscape. In reality, commitments to openness can be easier said than done. We know that in particular there are a number of obstacles for early career researchers (ECRs) who may have limited options when it comes to where they publish. To offer further support for ECRs, we are launching a PeerJ Awards program to help encourage conference organizers to recognize and reward the efforts of those individuals demonstrating a commitment to rigorous science.

By teaming up with a number of conferences to offer these awards, we are looking to make it as easy as possible for organizers to reward excellence in science and signal to the wider research community that open science is better science. Additionally, these awards are specifically encouraged for early career researchers in the hope that their efforts will become even more valued as these individuals pave the way for a more rigorous and open future.

PeerJ Awards, often for “Best Poster” or “Best Presentation”, provide the winner with a free PeerJ paper (upon submission and acceptance through our normal peer-review platform) and an interview about their current research posted on the PeerJ blog. Announcements of conferences and award winners are tweeted and included in our newsletter as well.

Recent and upcoming conferences offering PeerJ Awards:

  • Global Invertebrate Genomics Alliance (GIGA III), Curaçao, Oct 19-21, 2018
  • Microbial Eco-Evolutionary Dynamics, Portugal, Oct 22-24, 2018
  • BBCC Bioinformatics and Computational Biology in Campania, Nov 19-21, 2018
  • Exploring Human Host-Microbiome Interactions in Health and Disease, Wellcome Genome Campus, UK, Dec 5-7, 2018
  • Young Researchers Day, Roscoff Marine Station, France, Dec 7, 2018
  • Reef Futures 2018, Coral Restoration Consortium, Key Largo, Florida, Dec 10-14, 2018
  • 9th Biennial Conference of the International Biogeography Society, Malaga, Spain, Jan 8-12, 2019
  • Transition Path Sampling Simulations via PyRETIS, Lorentz Center, Leiden, The Netherlands, March 11-15, 2019
  • 6th Young Natural History Scientists’ Meeting, French National Museum of Natural History, Paris, March 12-16, 2019
  • Future of Individualized (Genomic) Medicine, UCSD Scripps Research Translational Institute, San Diego, March 14-15, 2019
  • Annual Meeting of the French Paleontological Association, Aix-en-Provence, France, April 16-20, 2019
  • 2nd International Conference on Holobionts, Montréal, Canada, May 8-10, 2019

Do you have or know of an upcoming event that might like to offer a PeerJ Award?
Please get in touch with our community manager, Sierra Williams, at

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