JCHLA/JABSC Student Paper Prize

Rationale and Scope:

The JCHLA/JABSC Student Paper Prize is awarded annually to the library student who submits the best unpublished paper on health sciences librarianship to the competition. Research papers, program descriptions and review articles are eligible for the prize. Papers will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
  • Contribution to health sciences librarianship
  • Originality and timeliness of the research
  • Clarity and style


Awarded at the annual CHLA/ABSC conference, the JCHLA/JABSC Student Paper Prize includes publication in the Journal of the Canadian Health Libraries Association/Journal de l’Association des bibliothéques de la santé du Canada, a certificate, free membership in the Association for all student authors, and free registration to that year's CHLA/ABSC conference for one student author.


Students currently enrolled in accredited master’s programs in library science or library technician programs are eligible to enter the competition.


The panel of judges comprises the Editors of JCHLA/JABSC and the CHLA/ABSC President. The judges will read and evaluate all entries against the criteria above. The decision of the judges is final. If, in the opinion of the judges, no submission satisfies the criteria, the judges reserve the right not to award the prize.


Each submission must: 
  1. Be accompanied by a JCHLA/JABSC Student Paper Prize Submission Form.
  2. Follow the appropriate manuscript formatting and referencing guidelines as outlined in the JCHLA Instructions to Authors.


Papers must be submitted electronically to the JCHLA/JABSC Editor by April 30th. Questions may be directed to the Editor at editor AT chla-absc.ca.