The Scopus Researcher Awards 2022

Australia, New Zealand

2022 Winners

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2022 Winners

About the Award

The Scopus Researcher Awards (ANZ), first launched by Elsevier in 2010, is part of Elsevier’s global initiative to advance the frontiers of science across a broad range of disciplines. The Scopus Researcher Awards (ANZ) recognise outstanding researchers, whose outputs draw on a broad spectrum of skills and research disciplines to make significant contributions to research for the benefit of humanity. All of our recognition categories honor the principles of Equality, Diversity & Inclusion, and Research Integrity.

This year’s awards are based on a novel and improved approach. While Scopus  will continue to be used to provide a data-informed view of a researcher’s contributions, we are introducing the Personal Story to enable researchers to share their motivations and research outcomes, and tell the story behind the data that will resonate with general public. Applicants can share additional published material that brings value to the world of research, including research data, code, social media, films, and so on. This new methodology is fully in line with the international best practices outlined in The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment[1] and The Leiden Manifesto[2]. We will recognize researchers in three awards categories and will award three researchers per category: the winner, one outstanding researcher, and one highly commended researcher.


The ANZ Scopus Researcher of the year winners receive:

  1. Cash Prize of AUD1000
  2. A personalized award plaque
  3. Team celebration hamper worth up to AUD500
  4. Free Elsevier book of your choice
  5. Global exposure of your research  via our Scopus communications channels
  6. Social badge to boost your winning

For each of the awards categories, we recognized researchers who:

  • Show both a strong presence in the international publication and citation data, as well as present an inspiring personal story. As in international best practice in research assessment, a researcher cannot compensate for a weak presence in the data by their personal story alone, or for a weak personal story by a few highly cited publications.
  • Reflect the values of equality, diversity and inclusion in their work and ethos, and who champion the removal of barriers to true equality where they may be found.
  • Champion research that is conducted with integrity, and who embody this goal across their professional conduct, for instance in terms of rigor, transparency, communication, and/or in involvement of participants.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants should be researchers from Australian and New Zealand academic establishments or government-funded research institutes. Researchers from industry are not eligible to apply.
  • Applicants must be Australian or New Zealand citizens or permanent residents. The award is not open to visiting researchers.
  • The award is open to individuals only.
  • Activity considered for this award must have been undertaken no more than ten (10) years prior to the closing date of entries on 24th October 2022 (23:59 AEDT).
  • Only applicable to Excellence in Outstanding Early Career Researcher Award: Applicant is an early-career researcher whose first paper in Scopus is not older than 1st January 2013.
  • Applicant must have a Scopus Author Profile ID* and must also have validated its accuracy.
  • * Scopus Profile Update: Applicants should consider updating or correcting their Scopus profile before submitting an application. Please refer ‘Guide to Validating your Scopus Author Profile.'.

General Conditions of Entry

  • Activity entered for this award must have been undertaken in Australia or New Zealand or its territories (as defined by the Australian and New Zealand Government).
  • To be eligible, application must contain at least one recommendation. The recommendation form should be signed and dated by the referrer, and include their name, position and contact details. NOTE: Judges rely on recommendation forms to provide additional perspective and informed opinion on applicants. Therefore, referrals should not be personally or directly involved in the activity entered in this prize. Please use the recommendation form template in the 'How To Enter' section and upload with your application.
  • Your application must be submitted online and include all supporting documentation by 23:59 AEDT on Monday, 24th October 2022.  Any applications received after the official deadline will not be considered. Applications with incomplete sets of supporting documentation, as per the 'How to Enter' section, will not be considered. Submitted material will not be returned. Hard copy applications will not be considered.
  • One application per person only. The applicant is to select the most appropriate category and the applicant may not be entered again for another award category. Non-winning applicants from Scopus Researcher Awards 2017 & 2019, Scopus Young Researcher of the Year Awards and Scopus Eureka Prize for Excellence in International Scientific Collaboration are eligible for entry, so long as it meets all other conditions of entry.
  • The deliberations of the judging panel remain confidential. All recommendations and decisions taken are binding and final and no correspondence will be entered into on such matters. The judges reserve the right not to award the prize if, in their view, the quality of the application is insufficiently meritorious.
  • Winners will be asked to provide photos and a film outlining the work nominated for promotional purposes. Information provided by the applicant in relation to The Scopus Researcher Awards (including photos and films), may be used by Elsevier for promotional/publicity purposes. This may include and is not restricted to, the information being used on websites, social media, printed material, advertisements, press releases etc. Applicants may also be asked to be involved in additional promotional activities.

How To Enter

This competition is now closed

1. Register an account through the online application website.

Scopus Researcher Awards Online Application

2. Start your application (save it in progress) and include all the following information as required for the selected award category. Make sure to select the Scopus Researcher Awards (ANZ), as there are other awards also running during this period.

a) Data-related factors to be considered (50% weighting) reflect publication and citation performance for papers indexed in Scopus relevant to the societal impact being considered, where the applicant is the first or corresponding author.To ensure the accuracy of these research metrics, you will be asked to validate your Scopus Author Profile as part of your application; here is a Guide to Validating your Scopus Author Profile.

    Excellence in Research

    Impacting a Sustainable Future

  • Outputs in Top Journal Percentiles (top 10% globally by CiteScore)
  • % cited publications
  • Views per Publication (views in Scopus)
  • Citations by Policy Documents

Excellence in Women in Research Award &

Excellence in Outstanding Early-Career Research

  • Outputs in Top Citation Percentiles (top 10% globally)
  • Outputs in Top Journal Percentiles (top 10% globally by CiteScore)
  • Citation Count
  • Citations per Publication
  • % cited publications
  • Views per Publication (views in Scopus)

    b) Personal stories (50% weighting) should focus on the outcomes of the research and tell the story that would otherwise remain untold. Candidates should provide evidence to back up their claims, including their own research metrics, such as the impact of a publication that is not indexed in Scopus in terms of views and comments received, or links to data or code that have been shared. Candidates should focus on questions relevant to their contributions, such as but not limited to:

    Excellence in Research Impacting a Sustainable Future

  • Why have you chosen to focus on this particular topic to impact a sustainable future?
  • What is the societal impact of your research in the local, regional, national and/or global community? In line with the Australian Research Council’s definition, please consider the contribution that your research makes to the economy, society, culture, national security, public policy or services, health, the environment, or quality of life, beyond contributions to academia.
  • What benefits do you hope your research will bring to society in future?

    Excellence in Women in Research Award

    Excellence in Outstanding Early-Career Research

  • How has your research-driven forward understanding in your field? Have you created a new theory or a new field? Has your work created a new speciality of focus for other researchers?
  • How have your peers responded to your input? Have you been invited to become a journal editor or editorial board member? Are you active in peer review for scholarly outputs or funding applications? Have you written a book or edited a book series?
  • How are you championing your ground-breaking research? Are you active in conferences? Have you set up a new conference?
  • Has your research been recognized in ways within the research community other than receiving citations? Have you received awards or prizes for your work? Have you received a prestigious notation from your peers, such as being highlighted in an F1000 review? Have you won a significant competitive research grant?

c) Recommendation: one written recommendation form completed by referral who is familiar with the entered research. Please use the following template for recommendation form and upload the completed form on your online application.


NOTE: Applications with incomplete sets of supporting information will not be considered and judges will only consider what has been provided or linked to.

Submit an online entry form including uploading your supporting document by Monday, 24th October 2022, 23.59 AEDT.

When you have successfully uploaded your entry you will receive confirmation via email. If you do not receive confirmation, or if you require further information or assistance, contact Macy Lee (Marketing Manager) at

Meet Our Past Winners

Click on the button below to see Winners of the Scopus Researcher Awards (ANZ) 2019.

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