In 2019 the SIB Award Committee launched an initiative to highlight the must-reads of the year from SIB members: “SIB Remarkable Outputs” (take a look at the last edition results). Up to 10 outstanding research outputs produced by SIB Members in 2021 will be identified through the selective process we are launching now.

These outputs can be: peer-reviewed publications, preprints, resources, software tools, databases, videos, tutorials, outreach programmes, science advocacy, etc.

Eligibility

  • Any output from SIB Members will be considered. This includes, but is not limited to: peer-reviewed publications, preprints, resources, software tools, databases, videos, tutorials, outreach programmes, science advocacy, etc.
  • The output needs to have a clear link with the SIB. This typically means that at least one of the lead authors, contributors, or organisers is a SIB Member, and the output clearly displays the SIB affiliation. Collaborative projects, including those involving multiple SIB Groups, are eligible.
  • Applications can be submitted by any SIB Member, but there is a maximum of one submission per SIB Group, so prioritisation should be discussed within and between each group prior to submission.
  • The constraint is that the publication / release / event date should be in the calendar year 2021. Ambiguous cases will require justification by the applicant, and the Award Committee will decide date-eligibility on a case-by-case basis.

Evaluation process and criteria

  • The evaluation process follows a typical peer assessment process. Each submission will be reviewed and scored by at least one Award Committee member, who will also seek reviews and scores from at least two suitable SIB Members who have no conflict of interest with the submission. The final ranking and selection will be carried out by the Award Committee guided by the independent reviews.
  • The main criterion will be the academic merit, evaluated across multiple dimensions, including breakthrough character, usability / user friendliness, sustainability / reproducibility, empowerment, and overall contribution to the field of bioinformatics and computational biology.

How to submit

Submissions include:

  • An abstract (max. 250 words) describing the output and making a case for its academic merit
  • URL of the output (if available)
  • Explanation of how the output is associated with SIB and description on how this association is indicated in the output
  • Evidence that the output was published / released / occured in the calendar year 2021
  • The names of 3-5 suggested reviewers from among SIB Members not associated with the work
  • The call is closed.