Global Award

Introducing the award

Dr Thomas Johnson, Editor-in-Chief of Experimental Gerontology, said, "We think it is extremely important to recognize the contribution of outstanding researchers in the development of the field of ageing, and we hope this new Outstanding Paper Prize will give such authors a higher profile and the recognition they richly deserve. We also hope that by making these Outstanding Papers freely available online, we will be providing increased visibility and ready access for the best research."


We are delighted to announce the 2013 winners of the Experimental Gerontology Outstanding Paper Prize are Sooyeon Lee and Lucia Notterpek for their paper entitled: “Dietary restriction supports peripheral nerve health by enhancing endogenous protein quality control mechanisms”.

This paper formed part of the Special Issue on Calorie Restriction and Fasting; Challenges and Future Directions for Research, published in October 2013. Congratulations to the authors from the McKnight Brain Institute at the University of Florida for their outstanding contribution to gerontology research. As well as receiving a prize, the winning paper will be made freely available online on ScienceDirect.

The first paper honored as a recipient of an Outstanding Paper Award was that of Alysia Vrailas-Mortimer, Rosy Gomez, Harold Dowse, and Subhabrata Sanyal, entitled “A survey of the protective effects of some commercially available antioxidant supplements in genetically and chemically induced models of oxidative stress in Drosophila melanogaster”, Experimental Gerontology, 2012.


Recipients of the Outstanding Paper Prize will be selected on an ongoing basis throughout the year. As well as receiving a prize, winning papers will be made freely available online on ScienceDirect.

Application Process

The selection of the Outstanding Paper Prize is not dependent on measurable factors such as numbers of downloads or numbers of citations. This is partly because this would mean waiting until the manuscript had already been out for some time before making the award and allowing complete access to the winning papers. The Section Editors of the journal propose papers they feel are eligible for the prize at the point that they are accepted for publication. These are then voted on by all the Section Editors with the Editor-in-Chief having the final decision. There are no formal guidelines for selection. All papers published by the journal are eligible for this award. The Editors nominate papers based on their importance, innovation, relevance, and quality of science. The prize is open to all papers, both those in regular issues and special issues. Authors and readers are asked not to nominate particular papers.