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VdF: Best Publication Prize

VdF: Best Publication Prize

Organization and regulations

The "Society of Friends of DIW Berlin" (Vereinigung der Freunde des DIW Berlin, VdF) sponsors a prize to honor the best publications based on SOEP-data. This prize is awarded in the years between the biennial "SOEP User Conferences".

The prize is threefold and honors

  • the very best scientific publication,
  • the best scientific publication by a junior researcher (not older than 35 years),
  • the best paper or essay in popular media written by journalists.

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Best Publications 2015

Publications for this prize are eligible if they are based on SOEP data and have been published since the last award. This means that the current period of eligibility is January 1, 2013 to December 31, 2014.

Papers with authors/co-authors belonging to the SOEP Group or the SOEP Advisory Board are not eligible.

A pre-condition for eligibility is the registration of the paper in our database SOEPlit. In other words, the SOEP-prize is not only an appreciation for published SOEP-based high-quality papers, but also an incentive to send in publications to the SOEP. The reason for the latter incentive is most important: A continuous stream of strong publications is a commonly accepted output-indicator for the scientific success of a research infrastructure that enables good science. The registration rule will be strictly enforced: Publications which are not registered prior to the deadline of registration are not eligible. Please check if your publications are registered. The most efficient way to do this is by retrieving SOEPlit via the Internet. You will find SOEPlit here.

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What is a publication?

In order to be considered eligible for the SOEP-prize, an original work has to be published in either a scientific or a popular journal/newspaper or as a book (or book chapter) printed by a publishing company. Discussion papers, copies of Ph.D. theses ("Doktorarbeiten"), and the like, are not eligible.

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Deadlines for registration

For the 2015 SOEP-prize only papers registered not later than January 31, 2015 and not published before January 1, 2013, are eligible. Accepted papers that are already in online-first access are also welcome. Please make sure that all your eligible publications are registered in SOEPlit; if not, please send your missing publications to the SOEP–either as hard copy to the SOEP-office at the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin) or as electronic version to

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