About the prize
The aim of the Materials Science and Technology Literature Review Prize is to encourage definitive, critical reviews of the literature by students and to make these available to a wider readership by publication in the journal Materials Science and Technology (MST). The prize is administered by the editorial board of MST.
We apologize that the 2020 and 2021 prize did not go ahead. We are looking forward to receiving the 2022 entries. Submissions are now open for the 2022 prize. The deadline is Friday 3rd December 2021.
Each review receives constructive comments from three independent referees who are experts in the subject matter concerned, and where appropriate, comments from members of the editorial board of the journal. Providing the articles are appropriately revised, they are accepted for publication in MST.
While all accepted reviews will be published, six of the contributors will form the finalists in the competition. They will present the reviews orally during Spring 2022, to a panel of judges compiled from the Editorial Board of MST, who will then select the winner and runner ups. The prize carries an honorarium for the winner and any runner up awards.
The Prize is open to any postgraduate studying for a materials science and engineering related qualification at either a UK or international institution.
Submission is via www.edmgr.com/mst by no later than Friday 3rd December 2021. The manuscript should be authored by the candidate alone and accompanied by a declaration that the review is the candidate’s own work and that any assistance received has been fully acknowledged. When submitting your paper, please select ‘Yes’ when asked if the manuscript is a candidate for a special issue. You will then be able to choose the ‘Materials Science Literature Review Prize 2022’ option. This will highlight your paper as a candidate for the prize.
The submitted manuscript should provide a concise, critical review of the literature on the chosen topic:
(a) Critical review. An example of a critical assessment is when there are two papers containing data on the same topic, it is useful to plot the data together, compare and see if the conclusions of each paper are justified. Alternatively, if data are presented without clear interpretation, you can search the literature to see whether others can provide a solution.
(b) Concise: “It is to be noted that the authors  conducted a large number of experiments that generated data which led to the conclusion that the fatigue strength improves in the presence of retained austenite in the microstructure” can be expressed concisely as “Many experiments  suggest that the fatigue strength is enhanced by austenite that is retained in the microstructure.”
(c) Chosen topic: The topic should be focused so that the literature can be comprehensively assessed. Thus, “Biomaterials” is too broad, whereas “hydroxyapetite coated titanium” may be manageable. The topic must relate to materials science with significant structure-property-processing aspects.
(d) Limit yourself to about 6000 words (excluding contents page, references and tables); a concise abstract not exceeding 120 words must be included.
(e) Avoid the use of topic specific jargon, and an excessive use of abbreviations. The subject matter should be readable by non-specialists who are nevertheless materials scientists.
(f) Permission must be obtained for any figures obtained from the literature. All work on which you base the review should be explicitly acknowledged via references. You must read and understand the references that you quote.
(g) Plagiarism is unethical and entries may be subject to iThenticate checks for duplication against the CrossCheck database.
(h) Detailed author guidelines are available from the journal homepage at www.tandfonline.com/ymst and a list of common mistakes on http://www.msm.cam.ac.uk/phase-trans/thesis-info/LRP.html
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