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NZJB First Paper Award

The New Zealand Journal of Botany (NZJB) is pleased to announce the inaugural NZJB First Paper Award to recognise and celebrate excellence among researchers as they launch their publishing careers.


All students at New Zealand universities, or recent graduates, who have their first first-author paper accepted for publication with New Zealand Journal of Botany will be eligible. You are welcome to include co-authors on your paper. Articles will be evaluated for scientific excellence by the editorial board and are subject to the usual peer-review process. Up to ten awards will be presented in 2023, with an immediate start.

Did you know that many of Aotearoa’s leading botanists published their first first-author articles in the New Zealand Journal of Botany, and since then, have been contributing to the journal in various roles? For example:

The award

In addition to recognition from the research community, the award also carries a NZ$200 prize, and both you and your work will be highlighted in the Royal Society Te Apārangi Alert Newsletter and on social media.

How to participate

Simply respond to the relevant question in the journal portal when you submit your article and add a statement to the cover letter accompanying your article submission to explain how you:

  • meet the eligibility criteria (see below; degree status and university)
  • and that, if accepted, the article would be your first first-author paper.

Who can participate

 To be eligible for the award, the student author must:

  • at the time of first submission be enrolled, or no more than six months post-graduation, from a university in Aotearoa New Zealand. Undergraduate, Honours, Masters, and PhD students are all encouraged to participate.
  • have had their first first-author, peer-reviewed article (review or research article) accepted for publication in NZJB.

Why publish in NZJB?

The New Zealand Journal of Botany plays an important role in disseminating information regarding all aspects of the botany, mycology, and phycology of the South Pacific, Australia, South America, and Southern Africa. The journal therefore offers a brilliant platform to highlight research findings across the southern hemisphere and to reach a regional and international research network. For more information on NZJB, see the journal website.

Our Editorial Board comprises an unparalleled range of expertise in all fields of botany in the southern hemisphere. This means you can be confident that your manuscript will be handled by someone who understands the value of your research. We aim to ensure the best possible publication experience.

Royal Society Te Apārangi reserves the right to update the terms and conditions of this pilot initiative and any updated version will be effective as soon as it is published on the website.


Submit an articlehttps://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/nzjb