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NZJB Annual Prize

New Zealand Journal of Botany: Biology of Plants, Fungi and Algae of the Southern Hemisphere

The New Zealand Journal of Botany awards a prize which alternates annually between researchers who have a sustained record for excellence, and those early-career researchers who have published a significant paper in recent issues of the journal. The editorial board may decide not to award the prize if no candidate meets the criteria that year.

The established researcher prize will be awarded to a person who has made a sustained contribution to the journal during the last five years (regularly publishing and reviewing papers), and whose work has been widely cited by researchers in other journals during the same period. This award cannot be won by the same person more than twice. As from 2018, the award to the winner of the Established Researcher prize will comprise an offer to publish an open-access review paper free of charge, and a certificate. Reviews must be submitted within six months of the award, in order to be eligible for open-access publication.

The early-career researcher prize is for the best paper published, in the opinion of the editorial board, by an emerging researcher in issues of the journal in the two preceding years. At the time of submission of the manuscript, the first author must either be a full time student, or be within seven years of completing their highest degree (Bachelors, Masters or PhD), unless suitable reasons for a career break can be given (e.g. prolonged illness or parental leave). The award is open to authors from any country. The early-career award consists of NZ$400 in the form of a cheque, and a certificate.

Current prize winner

The 2018 award for an established researcher goes to Leon Perrie, Te Papa Tongarewa, New Zealand.

Leon is Botany Curator at Te Papa and specialises in the taxonomy of New Zealand ferns. His contribution to the journal can best be summarised by a single statistic: of his total of 69 papers published to date in peer-reviewed journals, nearly half (32) have appeared in New Zealand Journal of Botany. However, it was not only the sheer volume of publications that impressed the committee, as the large number of citations attracted by Leon’s papers show the extent of his influence on botanical advances in New Zealand and the southern hemisphere in general.

Click here to browse Leon's publications within NZJB

Image: Associate Professor Chris Lusk, Senior Editor of NZJB, presented a certificate to Dr Leon Perrie at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa on January 24, 2019.

Previous prize winners

2017early-career researcherAmanda Taylor, 'Composition patterns and network structure of epiphyte–host interactions in Chilean and New Zealand temperate forests'
2016established researcherPatrick Brownsey, Te Papa Tongarewa, New Zealand
2015early-career researcherMaría Jimena Franco, 'First extra-Patagonian record of Podocarpaceae fossil wood in the Upper Cenozoic (Ituzaingó Formation) of Argentina'
2014established researcherPeter de Lange, Department of Conservation, New Zealand
2013early-career researcherJessica Prebble, 'Phylogenetic relationships and species delimitation of New Zealand bluebells (Wahlenbergia, Campanulaceae) based on analyses of AFLP data'
2012 (inaugural)established researcherPeter Heenan, Landcare Research, New Zealand

About the journal

The New Zealand Journal of Botany aims to disseminate peer-reviewed research relevant to the botany, mycology, and phycology of New Zealand and the southern hemisphere.

NZJB is a publication of the Royal Society Te Apārangi

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