Article of the Year

Award for Outstanding Published Research in Science, Health, Environment and Risk Communication

The purpose of this award is to honor the best published articles in science, health, environment and/or risk authored by AEJMC members. The goal is to spotlight the significant contributions AEJMC members are making in these areas, and to enhance the visibility of these sub-fields. The winner will be presented with a plaque recognizing their accomplishment at the ComSHER business meeting at the AEJMC annual convention.

Nomination and Eligibility

Any AEJMC member may nominate a journal article by an AEJMC member for consideration for this award. Self-nominations are permitted.

Please note that only one first-author journal article per member will be considered in a given year; for multiple-author publications, only one author needs to be an AEJMC member.

Eligible papers will be those published in the calendar year preceding the conference (e.g., published in a volume from 2011 for the 2012 conference). Papers that appear online as a pre-print are not eligible until they appear in print. Online-only journal articles are eligible in the year they first appear online. Any ComSHER focused English-language article by an AEJMC member from a peer-reviewed journal is eligible.

Nominations are due to the ComSHER Vice Head by April 15. Click on the “Officers” tab above to see the contact information for the current Vice Head.

Judging and Award

The ComSHER leadership will select up to six articles for full consideration by an Award Review Panel of 5-7 past ComSHER/SciGroup heads, peer-reviewed journal editors or associate editors, and/or full professors. Judges will consider the quality and originality of the research as well as the expected impact of the work to scholarship in the areas of science, health, environment and/or risk communication. Winners will receive a plaque and will be able to indicate on their curriculum vitae and elsewhere that they received the “AEJMC Science, Health, Environment and Risk Communication Article of the Year Award,” and their names will be highlighted on the ComSHER website.

2017 Article of the Year

First place: Ahern, L.Connolly-Ahern, C., & Hoewe, J. (2016).  Worldviews, Issue Knowledge, and the Pollution of a Local Science Information Environment. Science Communication, 38, 228-250.

Second place: Besley, J. C., Dudo, A. D., Yuan, S., & Abi Ghannam, N. (2016). Qualitative interviews with science communication trainers about communication objectives and goals. Science Communication38, 356-381.

2016 Article of the Year

First place: Nisbet, E., Cooper, K., & Garrett, R. K. (2015). The partisan brain: How dissonant science messages lead conservatives and liberals to (dis)trust science. The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science March 2015 658: 3666, doi:10.1177/0002716214555474

Second place: Sutton, J., Gibson, C. B., Phillips, N. E., Spiro, E. S., League, C., Johnson,B., Fitzhugh, S. M., & Butts, C. T. (2015). A cross-hazard analysis of terse message retransmission on Twitter PNAS 2015 112 (48) 1479314798

2015 Article of the Year

First place: Scheufele, D. A. (2014). Science communication as political communication. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 111(Supplement 4), 13585-13592.

Second place: Yang, Z. J., Aloe, A. M., & Feeley, T. H. (2014). Risk Information Seeking and Processing Model: A Meta-­‐Analysis. Journal of Communication, 64(1), 20-41.

2014 Article of the Year

First Place: Krieger, J. & Sarge, M. (2013). A serial mediation model of message framing on intentions to receive the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine: Revisiting the role of threat and efficacy perceptions. Health Communication, 28(1), 5-19.

Second Place: Hinnant, A. Len-Ríos, M., & Young, R. (2013). Journalistic Use of Exemplars to Humanize Health News. Journalism Studies, 14(4), 539-554.