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This year, we would like to expand the transfer of knowledge on new methods and models based on the 3R principle with the new "Paper of the Quarter" format. With this, we would like to recognize outstanding publications in the field of the 3R principle (Replacement, Reduction, Refinement) of the 3R Competence Network NRW. The aim is to acknowledge the diversity of research achievements and in particular to recognize publications whose exceptional quality cannot be adequately reflected by quantitative evaluation criteria such as the journal impact factor. The selected paper is made visible as "Paper of the Quarter" by the network on various channels such as the homepage, LinkedIn and newsletter. The award will also be recognized with a certificate.

Applications are now open and will be accepted via the SoSci Survey platform. There you can submit a version of your publication in PDF format as well as a brief explanation of what qualifies the publication for the prize from the authors' point of view. After the application deadline, the Steering Committee will make the selection. The committee is free to choose the evaluation criteria. However, it is encouraged to give special consideration to qualitative factors such as originality and innovation potential, scientific significance, translational potential, special significance for the state of North Rhine-Westphalia (with regard to research priorities, interdisciplinarity, cross-location cooperation, ...), special achievements of young scientists, as well as the information provided by the authors in the application.

The next application deadline is February 29, 2024. Further information on the application, the application conditions and the selection criteria can be found on our website: Paper of the Quarter (PoQ)