2011 ASIS&T SIG/MET Student Paper Contest

The Special Interest Group for the measurement of information production and use (http://www.asis.org/SIG/met.html) of the American Society for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T) is pleased to announce its first student paper contest. The contest is designed, not only to recognize promising student research relating to the SIG, but also to provide feedback from specialists in the measurement of information production and use. Students will receive this feedback well before the deadline for submissions to the ASIS&T Annual Meeting, so they can take the feedback into account prior to submitting to the 2011 Annual Meeting to be held in New Orleans, Louisiana in October 2011.


SIG/MET seeks to encourages the development and networking of all those interested in the measurement of information.  It is holding this contest in order to promote amongst students the generation of new ideas and the conduct of new research in metric-related topics, including bibliometrics, scientometrics, informetrics, webometrics and related domains.


The primary author must be a full-time student at the time the paper is submitted, irrespective of whether they are members of ASIS&T. Faculty advisors may be listed as co-authors, but the presentation must be made by the primary author. SIGMET reserves the right to request proof of enrollment as part of the submission and evaluation process. All submissions should be original and not have been published in a journal, or been accepted by a journal, or be in the process of being considered by a journal at the time they are submitted to this contest.


Papers could discuss theories, methods, policies and case studies on different aspects of measurement of information production and use. Topics include, but are not limited to, the following core areas:
·   Metric-Related Theory
·   Methods and techniques
·   Citation and co-citation analysis
·   Indicators
·   Webometrics
·   Mapping & visualization
·   Research policy
·   Productivity & publications
·   Journals, databases and electronic publications
·   Collaboration/Co-authorship
·   Patent analysis
·   Knowledge and topic diffusion


There will be a winner, runner-up and, depending on the quantity of strong papers, a number of commended papers. The reviewers will particularly reward well-written, original research that has potential for publication in a peer-reviewed journal or for presentation at a refereed conference.


The winner and runner-up will be awarded a one-year individual membership to ASIS&T and the winner will also be awarded a cash prize. In the case of multiple authors, the primary author will be awarded the ASIS&T membership. Primary authors of highly rated papers will be invited to submit a short biographical piece to the SIG/MET Newsletter. In addition, if SIG/MET holds a pre-conference workshop at the 2011 Annual Meeting, these primary authors will be invited to present their research at the poster session of this workshop.


The SIG/MET student paper contest committee requires that submissions are no longer than ten pages (including figures, tables and references) and follow the template of 2011 ASIS&T annual conference. Detailed information about the template is available at: http://www.asis.org/asist2010/cfp-papers.html.

Submission and Deadline

Authors are invited to submit manuscripts by midnight EST on Sunday, the 10th April 2011, to the following website: 


We expect to have provided feedback on the submissions by the end of April 2011 and to have selected the winner and runner-up soon afterwards. If you have any queries, please email Chaoqun Ni ([log in to unmask]).

Chaoqun Ni
Ph.D student in Information Science
School of Library & Information Science, Indiana University
1320 East 10th Street, Herman B Wells Library
Bloomington, IN 47405, USA