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Studies in Conservation: Essay Prize for First Time Authors

About the prize

A new prize has been launched for conservators and heritage professionals who have a first paper published in the leading conservation journal Studies in Conservation (SiC).

The prize is a joint initiative of the International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (IIC) and publishers Taylor & Francis.

The winning work will be published and promoted as a free to access paper, available to download on the Taylor & Francis website for 12 months. Both Taylor & Francis and IIC will promote the winner’s work, including across relevant Routledge social media profiles and celebrated on IIC’s website and social media platforms. 

Submissions Information

The competition will run for a year from July 2019. During this time, all major papers accepted by Studies in Conservation will be considered for the prize if the lead author is being published in that journal for the first time. Three judges, including a leading conservation practitioner from the IIC’s Grants and Awards Committee, the Director of Publications and News in Conservation Editor will consider entries and announce a winner in Summer 2020.

What we’re looking for

Judges will be looking for a winning entry which brings new insights to the profession on topics including:

  • Improving the care or treatment of a class of material
  • Preventing or reducing harmful practice
  • Evaluating the long term outcomes of past practice
  • Highlighting a new diagnostic method suitable for conservation
  • Illuminating an aspect of the philosophy and ethics of conservation

The winning piece is not likely to be a technical study and short communications pieces, such as posters, will not be considered.

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