Awards for Outstanding Research Articles in Biosurveillance – International Society for Disease Surveillance


The ISDS Research Committee developed the Awards for Outstanding Research Articles in Biosurveillance to recognize disease surveillance scientists and professionals for their contributions to their fields of research.

Award Process


All nominated articles related to biosurveillance or of interest to the ISDS Research Committee, published in May 2015 through April 2016. Early publication articles (e.g., online only) are eligible.

Judging criteria:
  1. Impact on field of biosurveillance
    1. Potential to change the way that surveillance is practiced
    2. Potential to attract scientists from other disciplines
    3. Educational value to a broader audience
  2. Scientific achievement
    1. Innovation of methodology or application
    2. Rigor of methods and quality of scientific writing

The Literature Review Subcommittee (LRS) meets weekly to identify recently published articles of interest to the ISDS membership. Each week the LRS classifies some of the articles identified as award potential article bsed on the juding criteria mentioned above. The abstracts for this list of award potential articles have been reviewed by the LRS and the top 32 selected for nomination consideration.

During the call for nominations, the Award Committee (AC) invites ISDS members, and others, to nominate up to 3 articles by selcting listed articles and/or writing in articles they feel meet the judging criteria. The AC will ONLY consider those articles in the initial pool that receive at least one nomination vote, as well as those submitted as write-in nominations.

The AC will review all nominated articles and narrow the list down to 3-6 finalist articles per category: Impact on the field of biosurveillance and scientific achievement.

The finalists will be distributed to ISDS members for voting.

First and second awards will be presented for the ‘Impact on field of biosurveillance’ and ‘Scientific achievement’ categories. The awards will be offered to the corresponding author, who may defer the award to another co-author of their choice.

  • First prize: Invitation to present at the 2016 ISDS Conference; 1 year ISDS Membership; and 2016 ISDS Conference Registration or $50 Amazon Gift Card if unable to attend conference.
  • Second prize: Invitation to present a featured webinar; 1 year ISDS Membership; and 50% ISDS Conference Registration or $25 Amazon Gift Card if unable to attend conference.

Open Call for Nominations: June 6, 2016
Nomination Deadline: June 26, 2016
Finalists Sent to ISDS Members for Voting: August 18, 2016
Final Voting Deadline: September 5, 2016
Award Recipients Announced: September 12, 2016 September 16, 2016

Click on the links below to see that year’s list of award winners.

2016 Award

2015 Award

2014 Award

2013 Award

2012 Award