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Specific details on the award are as follows:

  1. Submissions to be considered for the Resident Authors Award need to be Original Investigation manuscripts. Residents wishing to have their papers considered for the award must inform the Editor of such at the time the paper is submitted for publication. The paper may be submitted at any time during an approved veterinary specialty residency program. Papers submitted after completion of the residency program will also be considered providing they describe work done during the residency program and are received within 6 months of completion of the residency program. For the first transition year (2018), residents could request waivers of the 6-month eligibility requirement if needed.
  2. The mentoring author for the resident’s paper must be a Diplomate and the mentoring author must be listed as the corresponding author for the manuscript submission.
  3. The competition is open to residents in an approved veterinary specialty residency program for all disciplines throughout the world.
  4. Papers that met the above requirements and that were accepted during the “award year” will be included in the competition. Beginning in 2019, the “award year” will be from April 1 through March 31. For 2018 only, the “award year” will be July 1, 2017 through March 31, 2018.
  5. At the conclusion of the award year, all papers submitted for consideration must be accepted for publication. These papers will be sent to the Associate Editors for consideration. If a paper submitted for consideration has not been accepted for publication it will be eligible for consideration the following year providing these requirements are subsequently met.
  6. Papers will be evaluated on the following parameters: 1) originality/novelty, 2) significance/ importance, 3) scientific quality/ hypothesis/ experimental design, 4) interest for VRU readers, 5) composition/clarity/organization, and 6) adherence to VRU author guidelines.
  7. The Associate Editors will forward their evaluation of the papers to the Editor by May 5 of each year. In the event of a tie, the Editor will cast the deciding vote. The Associate Editors will not automatically recommend that the award be given each year. Naming an awardee depends upon submitted manuscripts being of exemplary quality.
  8. The winner will be announced at the annual meeting of the American College of Veterinary Radiology and will receive a plaque and an honorarium of $ 500.00. If publication deadlines permit, the award-winning paper will be recognized as such when published.