Call for Nominations: Neu-Whitrow Prize 2025

The Neu-Whitrow Prize is awarded every four years to an individual or team for creating the most innovative research tool for managing, documenting and analyzing sources within the history of science and technology.

The Prize is awarded by the Commission on Bibliography, Archives and Records (CBAR) of the International Union of History and Philosophy of Science and Technology/Division of History of Science and Technology (IUHPST/DHST). The CBAR invites submissions for the fourth Neu-Whitrow Prize, to be awarded in 2025. The primary goal is to encourage the development of innovative research tools which includes bibliographies, archival finding aids and other scholarly resource discovery tools.

The award will be announced at a ceremony to be held at the upcoming ICHST congress in New Zealand. The winner receives a prize of US$500 and a certificate. The winner will also be invited to be a member of the Advisory Board of the CBD.

The entries will be judged on their content, usability, and precision. They can be either print-based or digital. Information about the prize, eligibility and submission process can be found below.

ABOUT THE PRIZE:

The inauguration of the prize commemorated the centenary of the Isis Bibliography of History of Science, which was started in 1913 by George Sarton. After Sarton, two bibliographers, John Neu at the University of Wisconsin, and Magda Whitrow at Imperial College, London, carried on Sarton’s legacy. This prize recognizes the efforts of those two bibliographers for the work that they did to support history of science scholarship around the world.

The Neu-Whitrow Prize will be awarded to a scholar of history of science and technology. The primary goal is to encourage the development of innovative research tools which includes bibliographies, archival finding aids and other scholarly resource discovery tools.

The prize is administered by the Commission and is awarded every four years, during the International Congress of History of Science and Technology.

ELIGIBILITY

We welcome submissions by archivists, historians, librarians, students, independent scholars, professional teachers and researchers.

REQUIREMENTS

A submission must be a complete bibliography, archival finding aid or similar scholarly discovery tool that will be of use to scholars doing research in the field of history of science or a related discipline. It can be either a print or digital entity or both. Innovative digital tools that enable scholarly discovery of resources are encouraged.

The subjects of the research tool may be in any language. Descriptive notes and apparatus must contain sufficient English-language material to be evaluated by an anglophone reader.

The work submitted for consideration must have been released between January 1, 2017 and January 1, 2021.

WHAT TO SUBMIT

Please send an email with your submission to cbd.dhst@gmail.com with subject line “2025 NWP Submission – your name.” It should contain:

  • Basic details: your name, email address, affiliation (if applicable), a biographical statement of up to 1500 characters (about 250 words), project title, and project abstract (up to 1500 characters). For digital projects, you should also include the URL of the project and any required access instructions. If your project is not a digital project, you must supply it to the commission in an appropriate format, such as PDF.
  • A descriptive essay of 2000 to 3000 words in English, as a PDF attachment. The essay must explain the purpose and nature of the work. It must answer the following questions: What is its purpose? Why is it important? Who will benefit? Are there any other relevant discovery tools or resources available of a similar sort and if so, how is this different?

JUDGING

Every four years, the CBD will form a panel of three experts to judge the entries. One of the three judges will be selected to chair the committee. Any member of the CBD governing board or advisory board who is closely associated with one or more proposals for the prize is not eligible for the judging panel. The entry will be judged on three criteria: content, usability, and precision.

Content: The overall tool must be adequately described and each individual resource must also be appropriately documented. Content will be judged on its overall coherence and the adequacy of descriptions and documentation. The tool must be released between January 1, 2021 and January 1, 2025.

Usability: The organization and/or indexes must make the entries easy to navigate and understand. Usability will be judged on how clearly the scope and limitations are presented, on how easy it is to locate specific items, and on how well items are cross-referenced.

Precision: The tool must incorporate appropriate international standards, and its format must be explained in the accompanying descriptive essay. Precision will be judged on how well the creator has followed the chosen format. Because the Prize encourages innovation, it is possible to depart from standard formats where necessary, but such changes need to be justified in the descriptive essay.

TIMELINE

March 15, 2025 is the deadline for submissions. The winner will be notified by May 15, 2025.

THE PRIZE

The winner receives a prize of US$500 and a certificate. The winner will also be invited to be a member of the Commission’s Advisory Board.

SUBMISSION PROCESS

Applicants must email a completed entry to the President of the Commission on Bibliography and Documentation by March 15, 2025: cbd.dhst@gmail.com

CONTACT INFORMATION

Contact the President of the Commission on Bibliography and Documentation if you have questions: cbd.dhst@gmail.com

LIST OF PAST WINNERS

Dániel Margócsy, Mark Somos, and Stephen N. Joffe (2021) for their bibliography all known works of The Fabrica of Andreas Vesalius.

Klaus Hentschel (2017) for his team’s work on a Database of Scientific Illustrators, 1450-1950.

Jennifer Rampling (2013) for her work on the Catalogue of the Ripley Corpus.