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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.

 

At ANZFEC meeting 15 in February 2020, members reviewed and revised the entry criteria and award categories for the Best Paper Awards to better reflect the current forensic science environment and to ensure continued quality of submissions.

 

Please use the following entry form if submitting a paper for consideration:  ANZPAA NIFS Best Paper Awards - 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 be available online as corrected proofs before the entry closure date, and have a publication date less than 12 months prior to the entry closure date
  •  Entries must be received by 31 August each year

 

Best Paper Award Judging Panel

The Best Paper entries are judged by a panel of ANZFEC and ANZPAA NIFS members according to the criteria for each category. In addition to considering the scientific quality and importance of the research, panel members consider the impact that the research may have on operational forensic science practice in the short and long term.

 

Best Paper Award Categories

The Best Paper Award has been separated into the following two new categories:

 

Best Paper: Forensic Fundamentals

 

  • The purpose of this award is to recognise those who have contributed empirical studies on the underpinning science of forensic science disciplines

 

Best Paper: Capability Enhancement and Innovation

 

  • The purpose of this award is to recognise those who have supported the continuous improvement of the forensic sciences

  

The papers for both of these categories are judged on:

  • The subject of the research is well-defined and addresses issue(s) of importance to the discipline
  • The experimental design is relevant and effective to address the aims of the research
  •  The conclusions are appropriate to the data and results and the limitations are identified
  •  The structure and writing of the paper effectively communicates the research conducted and outcomes in a logical flow that is clear and articulate for the reader
  •  The international standing of the journal is sufficient to disseminate the information in the paper to the appropriate audience

 

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.

A technical note is a short article giving a brief description of a specific technique/procedure or modification to an existing technique or procedure. The technique or procedure should have current or future operational impact. 

The papers are judged on:

  • The experimental design is relevant and effective to address the aims of the research
  • The subject of the research is well-defined and addresses an issue(s) of importance to the discipline
  • The structure and writing of the paper effectively communicates the research conducted and outcomes in a logical flow that is clear and articulate for the reader

 

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:

  • The breadth of the collation on the topic is reflective of the collective work undertaken on the subject
  • The subject of research is well-defined and addresses an issue(s) of importance to discipline 
  • The structure and writing of the paper effectively communicates the research conducted and outcomes in a logical flow that is clear and articulate for the reader

 

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: 

  • The structure and writing of the paper effectively communicates the case
  •  The study is presented in a logical flow that is clear and articulate for the reader
  •  Diagrams and/or pictures are used to assist in communication to the reader
  •  The conclusions and lessons learnt are clearly articulated
  •  The outcomes of the case study contribute to the general knowledge in the field

 

Best New Publisher in a Refereed Journal

The purpose of this award is to encourage practitioners to publish research they have undertaken. The award focuses on first time publishers from government laboratories, whether they are new practitioners, or have been in the industry for some time and are new to publishing. The submitted article should be the first paper the practitioner has published as the lead author.

The papers are judged on: 

  • Subject of the research is well-defined and addresses issue(s) of importance to the discipline
  •  The experimental design is relevant and effective to address the aims of the research
  •  The conclusions are appropriate to the data and results and the limitations are identified
  •  The structure and writing of the paper effectively communicates the research conducted and outcomes in a logical flow that is clear and articulate for the reader

 

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 has improved operational service delivery, assisted in the resolution of cases or promoted the use of forensic science. Papers should be based on sound scientific principles, informative and 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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