Best Student Paper Award 2016

Since 1950, through 65 volumes, Libri: International Journal of Libraries and Information Services has been a leader among scholarly journals in the international library and information science world. As part of its strategy to remain one of the premier library and information science journals, Libri is issuing a call for “Best Student Paper of 2016.” This competition supports Libri’s goal of publishing the best articles from the next generation of library and information science professionals. We are proud once again to recognize the very best article with this special award.

Students at all levels 1 are invited to submit articles with clarity and authority. There is no stated theme. Research papers should address one of the significant issues facing today’s librarians and information professionals. Case studies, best practices, and pure research papers are all welcome.

  1. Length: approx. 5,000 words (excluding the abstract and list of references)
  2. Language: English
  3. Deadline: June 30, 2016
The best paper will be selected by an independent panel consisting of selected members of the Editorial Board, the Advisory Board and other international experts. Submissions will be judged on the basis of
  1. originality of thought and observation
  2. depth of research and scholarship
  3. topicality of problems addressed
  4. the international readership of the journal
  5. the quality of the composition
The article will be published in the 2016:4 issue. The author of the winning article will be honoured with an award of 500.00 € and with a complimentary subscription to Libri for 2017.

If the quality of competition warrants, some papers may be designated as honourable mention and the authors will receive complementary subscriptions to Libri for 2017. The normal provision to the author of e-prints applies to all winners.

Manuscripts should be submitted to When submitting a paper for the Best Student Paper Award, please choose “Library Student Award” at the drop down menu “Manuscript Type”. Author instructions and further indications of the scope of papers suitable for publication in Libri are available at the Libri site at

All submissions should include a cover sheet confirming:

  1. the name of the institution where the student is or was enrolled
  2. the degree for which the student is or was enrolled
  3. the dates when the student is or was enrolled
  4. the degree/course/module for which the paper was prepared
  5. the date when the paper was written



Exception: Senior information scholars returning to school for additional degrees outside the field of library and information science are not eligible for this award.

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Libri investigates the functions of libraries and information services from both a historical and present-day perspective and analyses the role of information in cultural, organizational, national and international developments.