Ecology and Society invites you to participate in a manuscript competition that exploits novel ways of performing integrative science and policy research. The annual 'Ralf Yorque Memorial Prize' of 5,000 Euro will be awarded to the most novel paper that integrates different streams of science to assess fundamental questions in the ecological, political, and social foundations for sustainable social-ecological systems.
Transdisciplinary science is often promoted in words and not in practice. Young scholars derive many incentives to specialize in certain disciplines, and experience few incentives to be creative in combining insights from various scientific disciplines and performing science in nontraditional ways. We ask our readers to be part of an effort to stimulate novelty and creativity of new ways of performing science.
The contributions of the winner and others that pass the normal peer-review process will be published in E&S. We want to see your novel ideas of scientific endeavors for the future. Indicate if the paper submitted is intended for the Ralf Yorque Memorial Competition and state explicitly in a cover letter why you think the manuscript is eligible for the competition (e.g. what is the novel transdisciplinary contribution).
Manuscript submissions, while exploring new ways of science should include a balance of novelty and content. Each submission will be peer-reviewed for content and assessed by a panel of judges for novelty.
Full details for submission to this competition can be found at http://www.ecologyandsociety.org/submissions/ry_guidelines.php. The deadline for submissions is JUNE 30, 2005.