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Best Sweetpotato Scientific Paper in 2017 awarded to Derick Malavi a Food Scientist at the International Potato Center (CIP).

Scientific Excellence and Innovation in Sweetpotato Award – Best Sweetpotato Scientific Paper – 2019 Edition

Through a generous endowment established by Dr. Jan W. Low, every year the Best Sweetpotato Scientific Paper published during the year before will receive an award consisting of US$500, which will be presented to the lead author.  The award is intended to be split among the co-authors.

Best Sweetpotato Scientific Paper in 2017 awarded to Derick Malavi a Food Scientist at the International Potato Center (CIP).

You do not have to be a CIP scientist to be eligible, just linked through the Sweetpotato for Profit and Health Initiative (SPHI) or any other program aimed at improving sweetpotato in developing countries. 

Please submit a PDF file of your paper by email to the chair of the committee, Dr. Hugo Campos, at and a cover letter stating the official citation of where the article was published, and the name, age, sex, position, institution, mailing address, email address and contact phone number of each co-author.  If the award is not to be split equally among the co-authors, the percentage going to each (based on contribution) should be specified.  The paper should have been published between January 2018 and December 2018 to qualify for consideration.  Only published papers will be considered. Note that papers with Dr. Jan W. Low as lead author will not be considered, but those having her as a non-lead author can be considered.

The deadline to receive applications is July 30th, 2019. The winner will be announced during the SPHI Technical meeting, to be held 24 August 2019.  Costs for the winner to attend the SPHI meeting will be covered and the winner will present the winning paper in a plenary session.

The main criteria to assess submitted papers will be the quality of the writing and analysis, degree of innovation and potential impact of the research being published. Other factors are impact factor of the journal, age of the lead author (to encourage young scientists to publish), number of readings as assessed through Research Gate, number of downloads as assessed through Research Gate, number of citations as assessed through Research Gate, and collaboration with other institutions, assessed through the number of co-authors from different National Research Systems (NARS) or Advanced Research Institutions (ARIs).  It is kindly requested that all submitting authors are registered (free of charge) at Research Gate before applying.

The team responsible for selecting the best sweetpotato paper consists of Dr. Oscar Ortiz (CIP), Dr. Guy Hareau (CIP), Dr. Jan Kreuze (CIP), and Dr. Hugo Campos (CIP).

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