Taylor & Francis GroupThe Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the United Kingdom (CSC) and the Taylor & Francis Group, a leading publisher of Commonwealth Studies under the Routledge imprint, are delighted to announce a new prize to be awarded for the most outstanding article published in a recognised peer-review journal of high standing by a current or recent doctoral Commonwealth Scholar.

The Taylor & Francis Commonwealth Scholar Best Journal Article Prize comprises £1,500 and a year’s personal subscription to a Taylor & Francis Commonwealth-related journal of the winner’s choice.

The CSC and Taylor & Francis recognise the importance of publication for early career researchers, and research dissemination in the interests of knowledge advancement and society. Through this prize, we wish to encourage and reward the publication endeavours of Commonwealth Scholars who are completing, or have recently completed, their doctoral studies.

The CSC will email all eligible current and former Commonwealth Scholars with full details on how to enter for the prize in June 2012. Alumni are advised to contact alumnitrace@cscuk.org.uk (including full name and award details) if they need to update their email address in the meantime.

The deadline for entries for the 2012 prize has been extended to 8 October 2012. The winner and any commendations will be announced by the end of 2012.

Please note – all eligible alumni and scholars have been emailed where we hold current email addresses. If you have not received an email but believe that you are eligible, please email us.

Terms and conditions, and criteria for eligibility

  • The article should be an original research paper published, or accepted for publication, in a widely recognised peer-review journal of international or regional acclaim.
  • The article to be considered for the prize should be sole or first authored by the Commonwealth Scholar.
  • The article should be accepted for publication within 48 months of submission of the PhD, DPhil, or DLitt award and reflect work undertaken during the Scholarship.
  • Submissions from all disciplines are welcome.
  • Entrants must be Commonwealth Scholars who either (a) are currently studying for a PhD, OR (b) have completed their PhD within 48 months prior to the deadline.
  • Entrants will be asked to submit (a) a copy of the article in PDF format, including proof of acceptance if not yet published, (b) a separate copy of the abstract in Microsoft Word .doc format, AND (c) a brief covering letter (no longer than 500 words) explaining the distinctive contribution of the paper to its field.
  • The prize will be judged by a panel of experts and advisers appointed by the CSC.
  • The judges’ decision will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • Should no papers be deemed suitable, the prize will not be awarded.
  • The competition winner, and any entrants given commendations, should be willing to provide a photograph of themselves and to participate in relevant promotional coverage which may be undertaken by the CSC and Taylor & Francis.
  • The CSC will use prize submissions as part of its Evaluation and Monitoring Programme, and all entrants should be willing to allow the CSC to include material in reports and on its website.

Taylor & Francis Group partners with researchers, scholarly societies, universities and libraries worldwide to bring knowledge to life. As one of the world’s leading publishers of scholarly journals, books, ebooks and reference works, its content spans all areas of humanities, social sciences, science and technology. From its network of offices in Oxford, Philadelphia, Melbourne, Singapore, Beijing, Tokyo, Stockholm, New Delhi and Johannesburg, Taylor & Francis staff provide local expertise and support to editors, societies and authors, as well as tailored, efficient customer service to library colleagues. Under the Routledge imprint, Taylor & Francis is proud to publish a suite of foremost journals and books on the Commonwealth.