If you’ve submitted a paper to be considered for an American Sociological Association section award – including a graduate student award – consider submitting it to SocArXiv as well. Any paper that is uploaded to SocArXiv by April 30 and wins a 2018 ASA section award will, upon letting us know, receive a supplementary SOAR (Sociology Open Access Recognition) award of $250 in recognition of your achievement. Support open access, gain recognition, and win money all at the same time!
Here’s how it works: You upload your paper to SocArXiv by April 30. If it’s a published paper, check your author agreement or the Sherpa/ROMEO database to see what version, if any, you’re allowed to share. Once you find out you’ve won a section award, email firstname.lastname@example.org to notify us. We’ll send you a check for $250, as well as publicizing your paper and officially conferring a SOAR award. That’s the whole deal.
Sharing your paper through SocArXiv is a win-win. It’s good for you, because you get the word out about your research. It’s good for social science, because more people have access to ungated information. And now, with SOAR prizes for award-winning papers, it can be good for your wallet, too.
Frequently Asked Questions
- What happens if I submitted a paper, but don’t notify SocArXiv it’s won a section award?
You will only receive a SOAR award if you let SocArXiv know at email@example.com by August 31, 2018 that your paper has won an ASA section award.
- What if I upload my paper after I win the section award?
Any papers uploaded by April 30, 2018 are eligible. We welcome later sharing of papers, but they will not be eligible for SOAR awards.
- Does the version submitted to SocArXiv have to be identical with the version submitted to the ASA section?
The versions must be reasonably similar but do not need to be identical. For example, if you upload to SocArXiv a pre-copyediting version of your published paper that you have permission to share, but send the award committee the published version, you are still eligible for the award.
- I’d love to upload my paper, but my copyright agreement doesn’t allow me to. What do I do?
First, you may still have the right to upload some version of the paper, even if it is not the final published version. Check the Sherpa/ROMEO database for the preprint policies of many academic journals. If you really can’t share any version, you are unfortunately not eligible for a SOAR award. But keep in mind for next time that copyright agreements can often be edited or amended. You don’t have to give away your rights to your work.
- I am a graduate student submitting a paper for a graduate student section award. Am I still eligible?
Yes, absolutely. ASA section awards for graduate student papers are also eligible for SOAR.
- I am submitting my paper for an award in another disciplinary association. Am I eligible for SOAR?
At present SOAR awards are limited to papers recognized by ASA sections. However, we are always interested in building partnerships with other organizations and disciplines. Please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in developing a similar program for your organization.