The 2014 ISRF Essay Competition
Theory of Social Behaviour
The Independent Social Research Foundation (ISRF) and the Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour (JTSB) intend to award a prize of 7000 CHF for the best essay on the topic ‘The research investigator as instrument across the human sciences’. This is a topic, not a title. Accordingly, authors are free to choose an essay title within this field.
The essay will be judged on its originality and independence of thought, its scholarly quality, its potential to challenge received ideas, and the success with which it matches the criteria of the ISRF and the JTSB. The successful essay will be intellectually radical, orthogonal to existing debates, and articulate a strong internal critique across the fields of social science research. Its challenge to received ideas will have the potential to provoke a re-thinking of the topic.
The ISRF is interested in original research ideas that take new approaches and suggest new solutions, to real world social problems. The full statement of the ISRF’s criteria and goals may be viewed here.
The JTSB aims to advance understandings of social behaviour, that is, people acting in relation to, or being constituted through, the social world of other people, institutions, and material and symbolic culture. More detail about the Journal and recent debates can be found on the Journal’s website.
The submitted essays will be judged by an academic panel (the ISRF Essay Prize Committee) and the winner will be decided by unanimous vote. The panel’s decision will be final, and no assessments or comments will be made available. The result will be notified to applicants by email on 30 June 2014 and will then be announced by posting on the websites of the ISRF and of the JTSB. The ISRF and the JTSB reserve the right not to award the prize, and no award will be made if the submitted essays are of insufficient merit.
The winning essay, and any close runners-up, will be accepted for publication in the Journal; authors may be asked to make minor corrections before publication. Other applicants may submit their essays elsewhere after the announcement date, or they may revise and re-submit their essays to the JTSB.
The details and criteria are as follows:
Essay topic: ‘The research investigator as instrument across the human sciences’.
Essay length: 10,000 words, all inclusive.
Essay format: Follow the JTSB Author Guidelines, available on the JTSB website.
Submission deadline: 31 March 2014
Submissions should be made online at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jtsb
Queries: Telephone +44 (0) 20 7262 0196 or email firstname.lastname@example.org