Announcing the next PeerJ Awards — supporting early career researchers in acoustics, biophysics, computer science, malacology, ornithology and palaeontology

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Posting today to highlight four upcoming PeerJ Awards. Before we do though, here is a quick listing of our current awards:

Summary of upcoming PeerJ Awards for the second half of 2019!

  • Science of Magic Conference, Chicago, Illinois, July 14-16, 2019
  • BioVis: Biological Data Visualizations (ISCB), Basel, Switzerland, July 22, 2019
  • MechanoChemBio 2019, Montréal, Canada, July 29-31, 2019
  • Vocal Interactions between Humans Animals and Robots (VIHAR), London, UK, Aug 29-30, 2019
  • International Bioacoustics Council, Brighton, UK, Aug 31-Sept 5, 2019
  • 3rd International Workshop on the Toarcian Oceanic Anoxic Event, Erlangen, Germany, Sept 2-5, 2019
  • 67th Symposium of Vertebrate Palaeontology and Comparative Anatomy, Isle of Wight, UK, Sept 10-13, 2019
  • Annual Meeting of the Palaeontological Society (Paläontologische Gesellschaft), Munich, Germany, Sept 15-18, 2019
  • 6th International Food Science and Technology Congress, San Jose, Costa Rica, Sept 17-19, 2019
  • XX Italian Congress of Ornithology, Naples, Italy, Sept 26-29, 2019
  • 4th Protein Biophysics at the end of the world, Montevideo, Uruguay, Oct 1-4, 2019
  • 3rd Argentine Congress of Malacology (3CAM), Bahía Blanca, Argentina, Dec 4-6, 2019
  • Argentinian Scientific Computing Workshop (TAC²), San Luis, Argentina, Dec 5-6, 2019
  • Biomembrane Days 2019, Berlin, Germany, Dec 11-13, 2019

Through our PeerJ Awards Program, we are very pleased to partner with a number of societies and conferences so that together we can acknowledge rigorous science by students and early career researchers, as well as highlight the benefits of open access and open communication in science.

Award winners typically receive a free publication in PeerJ (upon acceptance through our normal submission and peer review system) along with an interview on our site about their current research and next steps. Let us know if you are organizing or involved with a conference that might be a good candidate for a PeerJ Award.

Spotlight on PeerJ Awards: August – mid-September 2019

August 29-30, 2019
Vocal Interactions between Humans Animals and Robots (VIHAR), 2nd International Workshop
London, UK

VIHAR-2019 aims to bring together researchers studying vocalisation and speech-based interaction in-and-between humans, animals and robots from a variety of different fields. The workshop will provide an opportunity to share and discuss theoretical insights, best practices, tools and methodologies, and to identify common principles underpinning vocal behaviour in a multi-disciplinary environment. VIHAR is scheduled as a satellite event immediately before the 2019 International Bioacoustics Congress.

PeerJ is pleased to provide the Best Presentation Award at VIHAR-2019. The award aims to support rigorous scientific effort by an early career researcher as well as to bring continued awareness to the benefits that open access and open communication have in furthering scientific progress. See meeting updates at @vihar2019 and @ibac2019

August 31 – Sept 5, 2019
XXVII International Bioacoustics Congress (IBAC 2019)
University of Sussex, Brighton, UK

This year, IBAC celebrates half a century of bioacoustics! PeerJ is very pleased to sponsor the Outstanding Oral Presentation Award by a student or early career researcher at their 50th Congress. Further award details can be found on IBAC’s website.

The International Bioacoustics Council (IBAC) was founded in 1969 to promote international dissemination of research in bioacoustics. Bioacoustics is, broadly speaking, the study of biological sounds, combining biology with physical acoustics. Given its multidisciplinary nature, the IBAC conference aims to bring together, in informal settings, biologists from different disciplines (ethologists, physiologists, taxonomists, etc) with engineers, sound archivists and sound recordists, to foster discussion and an exchange of ideas.

IBAC 2019 will cover a wide range of topics from the anatomical, neuropsychological and physiological processes in vocal production and perception, sound propagation and perception in varying physical and social environments, and the origins and functions of acoustic communication in a wide range of animals, including humans. Follow conference updates at @ibac2019, #IBAC2019 and on Facebook @ibac2019brighton.

September 2-5, 2019
3rd International Workshop on the Toarcian Oceanic Anoxic Event
Erlangen, Germany

The IGCP project 655 – Toarcian Oceanic Anoxic Event: Impact on marine carbon cycle and ecosystems (International Geoscience Program supported by the IUGS and UNESCO) and the Friedrich-Alexander Universität are pleased to announce the 3rd International Workshop on the Toarcian Oceanic Anoxic Event (3rd IW-TOAE). This workshop is open to members of the IGCP 655 and all other researchers interested in the study of major biological and environmental crisis associated with the Pliensbachian–Toarcian boundary and the TOAE. The program is also of interest to academics and industry participants dealing with organic geochemistry.

According to the tradition of IGCP projects, the workshop welcomes the active participation of early career researchers and students. PeerJ is pleased to sponsor an award for Best Contribution by an early career researcher at the workshop.

In addition, workshop participants have the option to have their abstracts published as a non-peer-reviewed preprint in PeerJ as part of a dedicated PeerJ Collection for the workshop, if this indication is given during the registration. You can read more about PeerJ Preprints and see examples of previously published conference abstracts at Being available online and having a DOI number are two advantages of publishing the abstracts as a preprint.

September 15-18, 2019
Annual Meeting of the Palaeontological Society (Paläontologische Gesellschaft) 2019
Munich, Germany

The annual conference of the Paläontologische Gesellschaft (PalGes) is an international meeting at which research in the fields of palaeontology, geobiology and palaeobiology is presented. Formed in 1912, it is one of the oldest and largest palaeontology societies in the world.

PeerJ will sponsor an Award for Open Data Analysis and Publication in Palaeontology at the conference. The award is part of the Open Data Analysis and Publication: from morphology to evolutionary patterns workshop. Early career researchers,  up to 7 years after receiving their PhD, who applied for the award and present research related to Open Data and Analysis during PalGes 2019 will be eligible for the award. The criteria for the award will be: the use of Open Access journals or preprint servers to make the presented research available, the use of Open Access archiving tools (such as Morphobank, PBDB, and others) to make the data and/or code available to the community, and the presenter’s demonstrated commitment to Open Access.

In addition to the award, a PeerJ Collection from the Open Data Analysis and Publication workshop will be published. The collection will be hosted on the PeerJ Collections website. The focus of the workshop and collection is to highlight the importance of new methods to improve scientific reproducibility and discuss best practices in sharing research. The workshop will include contributions concerning the methods and tools fostering data sharing and reproducibility, positive and negative case studies, and all voices and opinions concerning the current obstacles and potential solutions in palaeontology.

Catch up on Open Access PeerJ and PeerJ Computer Science research in these areas and more: Brain and CognitionCoupled Natural and Human SystemsEcology, Environmental Science, Human-Computer InteractionPalaeontology and Evolutionary Science, Robotics, and Zoological Science.

About: PeerJ publishes two open access, peer-reviewed publications: PeerJ serving the Life and Environmental Sciences and PeerJ Computer Science. Additionally, PeerJ is thrilled to be accepting submissions as of January 2019 for five newly launched, open access PeerJ Chemistry journals. We also publish PeerJ Preprints which is an innovative ‘preprint server’ covering Biology, Medical, Environmental and Computer Science. PeerJ’s mission is to efficiently publish the world’s knowledge. We aim to drive the costs of publishing down for the academic community while improving the overall publishing experience and providing authors with a publication venue suitable for the 21st Century.

By teaming up with a number of conferences to offer these awards, we are making it as easy as possible for organizers to reward excellence in science, support students and early career researchers, and signal to the wider research community that open science is better science. Learn more here and get in touch with PeerJ Community Manager Sierra Williams at