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The ANZPAA NIFS Best Paper Awards were created to recognise the contribution of members of the Australian and New Zealand forensic science community in sharing their work and experiences with other members of the forensic and wider communities.

 

The Award Categories and Entry Requirements are listed below.  If you would like to submit an entry for any of these categories, please complete the following Best Paper Application Form.

 

Entry Requirements

Lead authors must be from Australia or New Zealand

 

At least one of the authors must be a current forensic practitioner working in a government laboratory in Australia or New Zealand

 

Entries must have been published in hard copy in the previous financial year

 

Entries must be received by the last Friday in September

 

Best Paper in a Refereed Journal

The purpose of this award is to recognise those who have published original work. The papers are judged on:

 

·         Novel concept versus extension of existing work

·         Originality of the methodology

·         Contribution to forensic science globally

·         Clarity and understandability of the presentation

·         International standing of the journal

 

Best Technical Article or Note

The purpose of this award is to encourage practitioners to circulate technical information throughout their discipline groups and other groups who may have an interest. Papers should include the issue or problem to be addressed, methodology discussion and/or consideration of solutions, conclusions or benefits of the solution.

The papers are judged on:

·         Methodological rigour

·         Contribution to forensic science globally

·         Clarity and understandability of the presentation

 

Best Literature Review

The purpose of this award is to recognise those who have collated information regarding a topic or discipline. The review should be published in a relevant journal, newsletter, as part of a thesis or equivalent. The papers are judged on:

·         Breadth of the collation

·         Contribution to forensic science globally

·         Clarity and understandability of the presentation

 

Best Chapter in a Book

The purpose of this award is to recognise those who have contributed to the production of a collected work or book. Where multiple chapters have been written, the author(s) should only submit one chapter of the work. Chapters are judged on:

·         Contribution to forensic science globally

·         Clarity and understandability of the presentation

 

Best Case Study

The purpose of this award is to encourage members of the forensic science community to share interesting case studies with the wider forensic community. Case studies should be published in police journals, the ANZPAA NIFS Newsletter (The Forensic Exhibit), SAG newsletters or the like. Case studies are judged on:

·         Readability, clarity

·         Logical development of the study

·         Use of diagrams/pictures

·         Conclusion and lessons learnt

·         Contribution of the study to the general knowledge in the field

 

The Henry Delaforce Award

Detective Chief Superintendent Henry Delaforce retired from the New South Wales Police Service at the end of 1996. Henry had given excellent service to the Australian forensic community over a long period of time. ANZPAA NIFS has established in his honour, an award for the best paper by a police officer:

The papers in this category should focus on the situation where a novel approach to a problem or the use of a new scientific technique assisted in the resolution of a case or series of cases. Although the paper must have some scientific rigour, the style and content should be such that it informs and is easily intelligible to the broader justice system reader. Papers from other categories may also fall into this category.

To qualify for this category, the lead author must be a serving Australian or New Zealand police officer.

 

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