Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Doctoral Dissertation Award 2017 - Submission invitation

Frontiers of Biogeography and the IBS Early Career Committee are pleased to invite submissions for Doctoral Dissertation/Thesis synopses from early career biogeographers*. Submitted synopses will compete for the Doctoral Dissertation Award that will be presented at the 2017 IBS biennial meeting in Tucson, Arizona, USA.

Established in 2013, the Doctoral Dissertation Award aims at promoting new knowledge and new energy in the field of biogeography by recognizing and publicizing outstanding doctoral work in the field of biogeography.

All synopses submitted to Frontiers of Biogeography after July 30th, 2013 will be considered for the award as well as synopses submitted from this call’s date and until September 30th, 2016. These latter submissions will also be considered for publication in Frontiers of Biogeography and go through the usual peer-review process.

The recipient of the Award will be invited to give a talk at the IBS Biennial meeting and will be presented with a certificate, a commemorative plate, and 1000 USD to help with the travel expenses to the 2017 IBS biennial meeting.

In preparing your submission, we strongly recommend you to follow the submission guidelines to Frontiers of Biogeography. We also encourage you to write an engaging summary, that not only describes the chapters of your thesis but it is written within a context of how the state of knowledge of your area is and how your doctoral dissertation contributes to this knowledge.

Guidelines for dissertation synopses
‘Long synopses’ of recently completed PhD dissertations/theses should include a brief summary of the state of the field as well as the contributions provided by the dissertation/thesis. Synopses should clearly articulate how the chapters (either published or unpublished) fit together and warrant attention as a single body of work, clearly listing those already published (including citation) and those yet to be published at the time of submission. The length of the submission should not exceed 2,500 words, with approximately 2-3 paragraphs of introduction, 2-3 paragraphs of methods, 1-2 of results and 1-2 paragraphs of discussion. Submissions will only be considered for those dissertations completed within 2 years of graduation from the PhD granting institution at the time of this call.
All synopses will be peer reviewed based on the following criteria:
  • Novelty / originality work (20%)
  • Clarity / specificity of the research questions and hypotheses (10%)
  • Adequate Theoretical framework according to the objectives (10%)
  • Originality of the data (10%)
  • Methodological tools (10%)
  • Scope and limitations of the research (10%)
  • Relevance of the results to the research question (10%)
  • Relevance / impact in the field of biogeography (10%)
  • Structure and intelligibility of the written work (10%) 
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For more information about the Doctoral Dissertation Award contact:

Fabricio Villalobos
Chair, IBS Early Career Biogeographers Committee
fabricio.villalobos [at]

Karen Faller,
IBS Membership Services

*Early Career Biogeographers: within 2 years of having received PhD.  Time since PhD degree can be extended by 1 year for each child born or adopted during this period.  Other forms of exceptional caregiving responsibility (e.g. partner, spouse, aged parent, etc.) will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

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