Student Publication Excellence Awards

The awards are designed to encourage USQ higher degree by research students to make strategic decisions about the journals in which they seek to publish, in order to help them get the best return on their research efforts and as a crucial step in improving the overall research performance of USQ.

These awards are only for journal articles published in 2018 and recognized by the Australian Government Higher Education Research Data Collection (HERDC) as a C1 publication.

Value of the awards

• $1000 for the highest impact journal article published during 2018
• $500 for the second highest impact journal article published during 2018
• $250 for third highest impact journal article published during 2018
• Certificate of Recognition

Closing Date

Applications are now open and will close on 8 March 2019.  

How to apply

Applications are in the form of an email sent to with  "Student Publication Excellence Award"  in the subject heading field. Applicants must attach an electronic copy of their research paper.  An acknowledgement of entry will be sent within 48 hours of receipt.

Eligibility and Criteria

  • Awards are open to all USQ Higher Degree by Research students, current on date of applying for the award.
  • The award is open to USQ Higher Degree by Research students up to 12 months post-completion of a Higher Degree by Research program.
  • Article must have been published in electronic or print format during 2018 and be deposited in USQ ePrints.
  • Article must include a USQ by-line and be recognised by HERDC as a C1 output.
  • Jointly-authored articles are eligible for an award, which would be shared among USQ authors.
  • Applicants with multiple papers during a publication period should submit the paper with the highest SNIP, as only one article will be accepted per period.   
  • A USQ Higher Degree by Research student may win only one award.
  • The funds are to be spent on research-related activity within 12 months of receiving the award.
  • A 1 page report should be supplied by May 2020 to demonstrate how the funds were used.
  • Any unspent funds will be forfeited if this period is exceeded or if the award winner withdraws from the Higher Degree.

Source-Normalised Impact per Paper (SNIP)

The Scopus SNIP has been chosen as the metric by which the majority of Unit-specific papers will be judged. The SNIP index is defined as the ratio of a journal’s citation count per paper to the citation potential in its subject field. The SNIP was developed to allow comparison of sources from different subject fields by correcting for differences in the frequency of citation across research fields. For example, the potential to be cited is greater in the Life Sciences than in Mathematics and the Social Sciences. The SNIP value adjusts for this difference in citation behaviour.

If you have published an article in a top quartile journal in your field that does not have a SNIP, then please submit the article along with an alternative method of confirming quality. The overall impact of the research is not taken into account because that can take years, even decades, to materialise. This scheme is intended to reward publication in high-quality journals as one strategy to help boost USQ’s research performance. If you have any difficulties finding the SNIP value for the journal title in which your paper was published, please contact your Faculty Librarian.

Further Information

Should you have any further questions please email or telephone (07) 46315334 and speak with Melena Harper.