DGOF prize "Best Research Thesis Award"
The German Society for Online Research (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Onlineforschung, DGOF) announces its Best Research Thesis Award. The prize has a value of 3000,- Euros.
It will be given to students who have finished a thesis
(Bachelor/Master/Ph.D.) in 2007 or 2008. The submission deadline is:
December 31, 2008.
Submissions in English or German language must include an electronic
version (word or pdf) of the thesis plus an additional English language
extended abstract (600-1000 words) that summarizes the analyzed
question, the used methods, the most important findings, and its
relationship to relevant existing theories and earlier findings.
The thesis must be written in 2008 or 2007. At the time the thesis was submitted all authors must have been
graduate or postgraduate students only. Works by post-docs are not
eligible for submission. The thesis may have multiple student authors.
The prize will be given to the author(s) of a thesis that provides an exceptional analysis of a specific issue in the area of internet research. The analysis should focus on aspects of
All applications will be evaluated by a jury of experts in the area of
internet research on basis of the following criteria, if applicable.
- method research (web surveys, online experiments, mobile
surveys, multi-mode data collection, statistical biases, innovative
forms of data collection, etc) and/or
- social, organizational, or psychological
consequences or aspects of mobile or online communication (Web 2.0,
social networking, online communities, E-Health, digital inequality,
- innovativeness of the findings
- theoretical foundation
- adequacy of the chosen research design and, if applicable, the empirical foundation
- clarity of the presentation.
The author(s) will be given the opportunity to present the findings at
the General Online Research Conference 2009 (see www.gor.de) and to
publish the work. 1300,- Euros of the prize will go directly to the
applicant(s) who are selected as winners by the expert evaluators.
Additional 1700,- Euros will be provided for publication in the book
series "Neue Schriften zur Online-Forschung" and, if necessary, English
language translation of a short manuscript that presents selected
findings of the thesis for submission as an article to the International Journal of Internet Science
Applicants have to submit an electronic copy of their thesis, including
the extended abstract and a copy of the received grade (if available)
online at the GOR 09 Conftool.
Email submissions are excluded. Authors of empirical as well as
theoretical contributions that score high on the evaluation criteria
are encouraged to submit their work. More information is available via
firstname.lastname@example.org. Submission is possible as of September 1, 2008 at the GOR 09 Conftool:
Please create an account ("Register new"), then submit your thesis.
Please follow this scheme: "Your submissions" and after that please
choose "DGOF prize "Best Research Thesis Award"". The registration in
our Conftool and the submission for the DGOF prize are irrespective of
the participation of GOR 09.