Best Paper Award Guidelines

Each year, AFS hosts several best paper awards at the annual meeting. To be considered for an award*, manuscripts must meet the following guidelines:
  1. Have an emphasis on personal financial planning.
  2. May not be accepted for publication in a journal.
  3. May not have won a paper award from another conference.

Papers will be judged on:

  1. Relevancy of topics to the providers of the award.
  2. Potential significance of the results.
  3. Quality of hypothesis.
  4. Quality of writing and presentation.

In some cases Best Paper Awards may be linked to a specific theme or aspect of the Annual Conference, such as "Best Paper in the area of Behavioural Finance, or Best Paper for Poster Presentation at the Conference. In 2023 there will be three Best Paper Awards, two linked to oral presentations and one linked to the best Research Poster Presentation. 

Early Career Award Guidelines

Early career award(s) are provided to recipients who:

  1. Are within the first 5 years of their career since their PhD was awarded
  2. Have a strong research and publication history, especially within FSR and other Financial Planning research Journals (i.e. Journal of Financial Planning, Financial Planning Review or the Financial Planning Research Journal).
  3. Are active in volunteer activities within the financial planning academic community.

Winners are announced at the Annual Meeting luncheon!

*AFS Officers & Directors are not eligible for paper awards

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