4 Dec 2023

Journal of Microscopy launches Early Career “Best Paper” Awards

Annual prizes will recognise outstanding contributions from Early Career Researchers

The Journal of Microscopy has launched new awards which will be presented annually to the two best papers by Early Career Researchers. A ‘best paper’ shall be chosen in each field of life and physical sciences. We plan to make the first awards at the end of this year, for papers published between January and December 2023, and then to continue to do this on an annual basis.

Professor Michelle Peckham, General Editor of the Journal, said: “We are excited to launch these awards to recognise outstanding contributions from Early Career Researchers to the Journal in life and physical sciences.

“The Journal has already published a special issue “A Lens on the Future: Next Generation Microscopy by Next Generation Microscopists” in 2022, which featured submissions by Early Career Researchers and was guest edited by members of the RMS Early Career Committee Dr Liam Rooney and Dr Laura Clark. These newly created awards show our commitment to supporting Early Career Researchers.”

Each prize will be £200 and will be judged by Professor Peckham, Deputy Editor Professor Pete Nellist and our team of Scientific Editors.

To be considered for the award, authors must indicate at submission that they are an early career researcher (this information is captured in a question in our submission system).


To be considered for the award the paper must have:

  • Been published in the Journal of Microscopy between January and December 2023

and the first author of the paper must be: 

  • A current undergraduate/postgraduate/Masters/PhD student; or
  • Within 8 years of starting work or studies in a microscopy-related field (excluding career gaps and pro-rated for part time).

If you have any questions then please contact Editorial Office Manager, Jill Hobbs, journaladmin@rms.org.uk.