J. AOAC INT. Best Manuscript Award

The purpose of the Best Paper Award to Authors award is to recognize the most outstanding original and creative journal article published in the peer reviewed Journal of AOAC INTERNATIONAL in the calendar year.


Candidate papers must be peer reviewed, original research papers published in the Journal within the calendar year of the award. Candidate papers must be judged to have outstanding overall scientific merit; study design, writing quality; technical quality; and potential impact of the work in advancing the field of analytical science, especially human health, and the mission of AOAC. Candidate papers must be innovative and have an influence that can go beyond what is expected of the average paper, with a high impact in the scientific literature.

Nomination Process

Candidate papers are nominated by peer reviewers of that paper on an on-going basis.

Recipient of the Award Receives

  • An award bearing an appropriate testimonial, presented at the Annual Meeting.
  • Complimentary Annual Meeting registration, and, a travel grant up to $2,500.00 to attend the Annual Meeting where the award is to be presented.
  • The title and author(s) of that paper, with a supporting article, will be published in the Inside Laboratory Management and the Journal of AOAC INTERNATIONAL and otherwise appropriately publicized.

Selection Process

Reviewers click on a button in the Scholar One site that reads, “I recommend this paper for an award for best Paper.” Candidate papers are reviewed by the appropriate section editor of that paper’s section, who would submit the nomination for judgment to a Best Paper Award to Authors jury comprised of a total of seven members, including the chair of the panel. To obtain a balance of representation on the jury panel from each of the Journal’s sections, each Section Editor would be responsible for nominating a member from their community. The Section Editors will not be panel members; however, they should help in building a jury panel whereby all sections of the Journal are equally represented. The jury panel would then evaluate candidate papers using an award evaluation form. During a conference call, the jury panel will decide on the best Paper in the calendar year. The evaluation form should be used for discussion purposes only. The panel should use flexibility in judging papers and just not rely on “weightings” themselves. Only one award will be presented. The chair of the jury panel informs the Editorial Board chair. The Editorial Board chair informs the AOAC Awards Committee about the nomination. The awards committee proceeds with the logistics of award presentation.

Contact Information


For additional information regarding the Awards Program, please contact the Manager:

May R. Jones
Email: mjones@aoac.org
Telephone: +1 (301) 924-7077 ext 114 
Fax: +1 (301) 924-7089

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