Call for nominations: Cochrane Collaboration prizes

The call for nominations has opened for 4 prizes to be awarded by the Cochrane Collaboration

kennethwarrenThe Kenneth Warren Prize

The Prize for any given year is open to the principal author of a review published on the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews in The Cochrane Library, in Issues 4-12 of the previous year and issues 1-3 of the current year. See the Collaboration’s dedicated webpage for more information.

Nominations may come from authors who self-select their review(s) based on methodological quality and relevance, and also Review Group editorial teams and other members of The Cochrane Collaboration. Please note that this is different to previous years, when entrance into the Prize was automatic for all reviews authored by a developing country national.

Nominations should be sent to the Cochrane Operations Unit (operations-unit@cochrane.org), with the name of the Prize in the subject heading.

The deadline for the receipt of nominations is 15 May 2013.

Chris_SilagyThe Chris Silagy Prize

Potential recipients of the Chris Silagy Prize are required to have:

  • made an extraordinary and sustained contribution to The Cochrane Collaboration that would not be recognised outside the scope of this Prize, for example, in administration, communication, support or co-ordination. Publishing a piece of research work or preparing a Cochrane systematic review do not fall within the scope of this Prize as they qualify for other awards and methods of recognition. The Prize is not awarded for a single task, but for a sustained contribution to the ethos of the Collaboration.
  • made a contribution that exceeds the expectations of their employment;
  • been identified by their peers as consistently contributing to a spirit of collaboration.

More information about the Chris Silagy Prize can be found at http://www.cochrane.org/docs/prizes.htm#csprize. Nominations should be emailed to Sally Green (sally.green@med.monash.edu.au) by 31 July 2013. The award will be made at the Cochrane Colloquium in Quebec, Canada.

The Anne Anderson Award

The goal of the Anne Anderson Award is to recognize and stimulate individuals contributing to the enhancement of women’s visibility and participation in the Cochrane leadership. The award is given to a member of The Cochrane Collaboration who has contributed meaningfully to the promotion of women as leaders and contributors to The Cochrane Collaboration.

Past or current active women members of The Cochrane Collaboration are eligible for the Award. Recipients will be selected based on emotional and cognitive intelligence, serving as an inspiration to others, evidence of cumulative accomplishment, originality and independence of thought, personal qualities, team building, leadership and mentorship. The nominee’s contribution to or enhancement of women’s visibility within the Collaboration, participation in The Cochrane Collaboration and other leadership, and other accomplishments within the context of The Cochrane Collaboration will also be considered in the selection process.

Nominations may be made by anyone within The Cochrane Collaboration. A one-page letter of nomination should be submitted, summarizing the nominee’s involvement in The Cochrane Collaboration and how she meets the following criteria:

  • Meaningful contribution to the promotion of women as leaders and contributors to The Cochrane Collaboration.
  • Contribution to or enhancement of women’s visibility within the Collaboration.
  • Participation in The Cochrane Collaboration and other leadership.
  • Other accomplishments within the context of The Cochrane Collaboration.

The nomination letter should include specific examples of the nominee’s contribution to the enhancement of women’s visibility and participation in the Cochrane leadership. These contributions may include, but are not limited to, mentoring, training, encouraging, supporting and promoting women for their work in The Cochrane Collaboration, as well as serving as a role model and inspiration. Deliberate use of multiple nominators is discouraged.

The deadline for receipt of nominations is 31 July. The nominations should be sent to the Cochrane Operations Unit (operations-unit@cochrane.org) with ‘Anne Anderson Award’ in the subject heading. For more information, see the Collaboration’s website.

clip_image002The Bill Silverman Prize

The Bill Silverman Prize is offered annually, and explicitly acknowledges the value of criticism of The Cochrane Collaboration, with a view to helping to improve its work, and thus achieve its aim of helping people make well-informed decisions about health care by providing the best possible evidence on the effects of healthcare interventions. Please note that this Prize is not for the preparation of a Cochrane Review; rather, it is for a piece of published or presented research which demonstrates critical thinking, either in evaluating any aspect of the preparation, maintenance or dissemination of Cochrane Reviews or about the work of The Cochrane Collaboration more generally. It should be of high quality, have been accompanied by constructive suggestions on how the relevant aspects of the Collaboration’s work could be improved; and have had, or is likely to have, a positive impact on the scientific quality, relevance and use of Cochrane Reviews.

The deadline for receipt of nominations is 31 July. Nominations can be made by anyone, including the authors of the publication or presentation being nominated. Nominations should be emailed to Jini Hetherington (jhetherington@cochrane.org) at the Cochrane Operations Unit, with ‘Bill Silverman Prize’ in the subject heading, accompanied by the publication or presentation, and a brief explanation as to how it meets the criteria for the Prize. More information can be found on the webpage for the prize.