How will nominations be evaluated?

Nominations will be judged by a panel of unbiased, eminent experts, who will select a final set of laudable examples which best illustrate the program’s stated purpose. The judges will consider Nominations according to two primary questions and criteria:

  • Did the Nominated Use Case lead to an innovation in any field and/or benefit society as a whole?
  • Does the Innovative Use showcase the value of Open Access?

Additionally, for each nomination, the research that the Innovative User(s) relied upon must have been:

  • Published before May 1, 2013, in a peer-reviewed journal or in a repository recognized in the Open Access community. If the innovative use creates a scholarly output, it must be Open Access.
  • Made immediately available upon publication and licensed only under CC BY or CC0 terms.

Also, the nominated work done by the Innovative User must have been:

  • Complete as of May 1, 2013 or substantially completed but ongoing as of that date.
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