December 22, 2020

Dear RC33 Members,

with the year coming to a close, I would like to give a quick update on the state of the first RC33 Awards for Best Paper and Best Paper by a Young Scholar, which would have been given out at the 10th RC33 Conference in Cyprus, but has been postponed until 7-10 September, 2021. For those of you who had already submitted papers for the awards, this post will be a reminder of the new plans.

First of all, I would like to say how excited I was to receive so many, and such high-quality submissions! In total, we had 10 Best Paper and 8 Best Paper by a Young Scholar entries. The awards committee and I will have our hands full next year when we get to work on trying to find the winners, but that is very exciting (if daunting)! The applications ranged from papers on statistical innovations, to highly relevant substantive topics, to methodologically-focused examinations.

Now, here is an outline of our new plans for the awards in 2021.

New submissions

We will be re-opening the call for submissions for each of the two awards categories starting Friday, January 1, 2021. The experience with the first round of submissions showed that the bulk of them tend to arrive near the deadline for submissions though, which has been set as Friday, 31 May, 2021.

Existing submissions

All submissions from 2020 will carry over to 2021. If you have already submitted a paper, you do not need to do anything.

However, you will have the opportunity to withdraw a submission (for whatever reason) or revise your submission by submitting a new paper instead. I will be in contact with the applicants from the first round in the months leading up to the conference to check on that.


Here, again, an overview of the stipulations/eligibility for submissions:

Anyone who is a member of RC33 as of September 2021 is eligible for an award. The Best Paper by a Young Scholar Award is open to RC33 members who

(a) have not yet completed their PhD/dissertation, or

(b) received their PhD/doctorate after 31 December 2016.

Notice these stipulations have not changed from the first call. If you met the criteria for being a “young scholar” in the first round of submissions, you are still eligible.

Papers should be

– on a social science-related topic,

– written in English (so that all members of the awards committee are able to critique the submissions),

– published in a peer-reviewed journal no earlier than January 1, 2018, and

– at least one of the authors (the applicant) must be an RC33 member.

Submission guidelines

In your submission, please include

– a short abstract of the paper, and

– a copy of the article for consideration.

For the Best Paper by a Young Scholar, please send a copy of your CV so we can verify your status as a “young scholar” according to our definition above.

Submissions should be sent to Henrik Andersen, RC33 Vice-President for Awards, at Please clearly state in the subject line of the email whether you wish to be considered for the Best Paper or Best Paper by a Young Scholar Award.

Again, we will begin accepting submissions as of January 1, 2021 and the deadline is May 31, 2021.

Anyways, I hope you all have made it through this year mostly unscathed and that the holidays are an opportunity for you to recharge your batteries. My wife and I have had our children home with us since the beginning of December due to a corona case in the kindergarten, so we are definitely looking forward to another three weeks of intense isolation with them… I’m kidding of course (kind of), we are honestly thankful to be healthy, and looking forward to hopefully getting somewhat back to normal in 2021.

Take care of yourselves and have a merry Christmas if you celebrate. It would be great to see you in person in 2021!

Best regards


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