Purpose: To recognize the most outstanding article published by a SSSR member or members within the previous calendar year according to the citation date. For the 2021 award, only articles with citation dates in calendar year 2020 are eligible.
Qualifications: An article may be nominated by the editor of the journal in which it appeared, by its author, or by any other SSSR member deeming it to be of outstanding quality. Articles must have been published in peer–reviewed journals. Submissions published solely in edited volumes will not be considered.
Criteria: The committee will judge each article’s quality of scholarship, importance to the field, and relevance to the larger society. Any article involving some aspect of the scientific study of religion is eligible.
Award: The award will be presented at the annual meeting. It includes a plaque and $1000.
Procedures: Nominated articles must be submitted in electronic format by May 15, 2021.