Best Paper Award


SETAC Journal Best Paper Award

Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry and Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management each bestow a best paper award annually for an article that was published in the prior volume year. Articles are nominated by Editors, with input from reviewers of the papers, and judged by a committee comprised of a subset of Editors from the respective journals

Selection criteria: Editors seek to recognize innovative or creative papers, with transparent, reproducible, rigorous, and relevant science. The quality and clarity of the presentation will be considered, as will the potential impact of the paper on its field.

Award process: The SETAC Global Executive Director will notify the first author (and corresponding author, if different) ahead of the SETAC Europe Annual Meeting, but the award will be presented at any SETAC annual meeting that is most convenient to the first author. First authors will be presented with an award package that includes:

  • An award plaque  (as well as letters of recognition for the coauthors of the winning papers)
  • A future open-access paper in either of the SETAC journals (value of $3000 US)
  • A free Wiley book
  • A cash award from SETAC ($1000 US)
  • A one-year SETAC membership (value of $140 US)
  • Paid registration for the first author to the SETAC annual meeting where the award will be presented

SETAC will also acknowledge runner-up papers with letters of recognition for all authors.

Authors do not need to be SETAC members to be considered for this award.


SETAC Reviewer Rewards Program

SETAC is proud to recognize the quality contributions of reviewers through the Reviewer Rewards Program. We publish high quality research thanks to the diligence and keen eye of the journals’ editorial board members and reviewers that have helped to shape book chapters and journal articles. Reviewing manuscripts can be time consuming and there is often little tangible reward for the work. It is seen as a “pay it forward” labor, since reviewers themselves benefit from the process of peer-review when they are authors. We recognize that effort by offering a points system that tracks individual contributions to the SETAC publications.

The structure is as follows:

  • 1 point per completed review*
  • 5 points:  SETAC store products up to $50 (points are relinquished)
  • 10 points:  SETAC membership (points are relinquished); recognition by SETAC^ with photo and a professional web link
  • 30 point: Complimentary meeting registration; recognition by SETAC with photo and a professional web link (must register during Early registration; points are relinquished)
  • 50 points: One-time Meeting registration, one-time annual membership, a $500 travel voucher (airline or hotel gift card to offset costs, for example); recognition by SETAC with photo and a professional web link; recognition at an annual meeting.

*A completed review is one that is thorough and has been returned to the editorial office in a timely manner. The commentary to the authors should be helpful and insightful. The length of the review is not as important as the quality of the review, which will be determined by the handling editor.

^Recognition by SETAC could be through an article in the Globe, recognition on the website, or through a special article in either of the SETAC journals.