Synthesis Prize

The American Journal of Botany is launching AJB Synthesis papers and the AJB Synthesis Prize to showcase early-career scientists. 

The new AJB Synthesis section will feature invited contributions by early-career scientists that concisely summarize and synthesize a focal research area or question. These articles will summarize recent research and provide new insights that advance the field. Contributions may focus on newly emerging areas or provide new perspectives on established areas.  We encourage authors to express a personal perspective, while maintaining a balanced view of the field. Syntheses should be single authored, no longer than 3,000 words, written so that they are accessible to the broad readership of the journal, and have informative and creative visuals.  All Synthesis papers published in a calendar year will be considered for the AJB Synthesis Prize. 


Guidelines for AJB Synthesis Applicants:

  • Applicants must be postdocs or equivalent and within six years of completing their PhD. Career breaks related to the pandemic or parental/dependent care are not included in the six-year time frame, but applicants should explain delays in the cover letter.
  • The application should include: (1) a CV; (2) a one-page cover letter describing the applicant’s research interests, presenting a brief case for how they are equipped to write a synthesis on their topic, and explaining why their Synthesis topic is appropriate for AJB; (3) an abstract of 250-300 words; and (4) the name of a referee who could write a letter of support.
  • Submit all materials as a single PDF to Amy McPherson at ajb@botany.org.
  • Applications are due 1 February 2022.


Invitation for AJB Synthesis Authors:

  • A selection committee will evaluate applications and select 10-15 for letters of reference.
  • The committee will then invite 3-6 applicants to write Synthesis papers to be submitted within six months.
  • All submissions will be handled by AJB Associate Editors and go through peer review for publication.

 
Consideration for the AJB Synthesis Prize:

All Synthesis papers published in a calendar year will be evaluated by a panel of judges, and one paper will be selected for the AJB Synthesis prize. The author whose paper is selected will be awarded a $2,000 cash prize.

The Botanical Society of America and the American Journal of Botany are committed to inclusive science that reflects disciplinary, human, and geographic diversity. Submissions are welcomed from applicants of all ethnicities, races, colors, religions, sexes, sexual orientations, gender identities, socioeconomic status, national origins, disabilities, ages, or other individual status. 

If you have any questions or comments, please contact ajb@botany.org.

Members of the AJB Synthesis Committee: Sean Graham (Chair), Pamela Diggle, Kasey Barton, Emily Sessa, and Amy McPherson