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2021 SES World Standards Day Paper Competition

World Standards Day has been postponed due to the pandemic until 2021. Therefore the paper competition has been postponed until 2021.

In celebration of standards, and their growing impact on the global economy, SES and the U.S. Celebration of World Standards Day Planning Committee co-sponsor an annual paper competition for individuals in the U.S. standards community. Paper competition winners are selected by the SES Publications Committee and will be announced at the U.S. Celebration of World Standards Day on October 28, 2021.

Submissions must be received with an official entry form by midnight on September 3, 2021. Official Entry Form

The World Standards Day theme is:

"Protecting the planet with standards"

This year our global community faces an enormous challenge that impacts the way we work and live. This health emergency highlights the vitally important role that standards play in keeping individuals, families and communities healthy, safe and informed. Voluntary standards and conformity assessment guard us from known dangers and are responsive to an ever-expanding list of challenges we face. They protect the water we drink, the homes in which we live, and our work environments to protect us against hazards, strengthen our resilience, and support our well-being.

Competition Instructions and Rules

The World Standards Day Paper Competition is open to any individual in the private sector, government, or academia, including employees of standards developing organizations. Entrants must reside in the US. If employed, they must be employed by a US-based organization and must work at a location in the US.

1. Paper shall be original and not previously published or submitted in a previous WSD paper competition. If the paper is a substantial revision of a previously published paper, it may be submitted as long as notification of that fact is provided to the SES Executive Director and the notification describes the changes that make it a new paper and provides any appropriate references to the original paper. SES will determine whether the submission adds enough new material to be considered eligible.

2. The purpose of the World Standards Day Paper Competition is to focus on standards and their use. Authors may choose to address the 2021 World Standards Day theme; however there is no obligation to do so. Authors may choose to address topics that are either domestic (US) or international in scope.

Authors may consider addressing one of the following themes:

a. How standards support societal efforts – addressing topics such as environmental management and sustainability, accessibility, safety, security (both personal and information), intelligent transportation.

b. The use of standards in conformity assessment, either on a voluntary basis or for regulatory compliance.

c. The use of standards to facilitate international trade.

d. How standards contribute to the success of a particular industry.

e. Operational aspects of standards development—describing techniques in the development or publication of standards that could be useful to other organizations.

f. Standards and the law—addressing the relationship between standards and intellectual property, including patents, copyright, and antitrust.

g. Standards and consumer products; standardization aspects or consumer participation.

Individuals must state the subject topic, or theme they have chosen and provide an abstract of 200 to 400 words describing how the paper addresses that theme.

3. Papers shall be between 2,500 and 4,500 words (including the abstract) and not exceed 20 pages, including illustrations, charts, and the like. Longer or shorter papers will be disqualified. Winning papers and those selected for future publication by SES may be shortened at a later date to meet editorial requirements. The author will be consulted on any such changes. Papers shall be formatted in 10 point, Times New Roman, double spaced on 8.5” x 11” paper, with a margin of 1 inch on all four sides. Charts, graphs and pictures within the text are encouraged and can significantly add to the overall content and appeal of a paper. Papers shall cite sources and provide necessary copyright attribution for charts/graphs/pictures. 

4. Papers shall be submitted in English only, in a revisable electronic format (preferably Microsoft Word) via email to Papers that are not in a revisable format will be returned for an editable version, which must be received by the due date. Participants will be notified via email of receipt within forty-eight hours. The first page shall contain only the title of the paper, and the “nom de plume” or alias of the author (needed to assure impartiality on the part of those judging entries). The author or co-authors shall submit separately from the paper his/her/their true name(s), full address(es), the title of the paper on the official entry form, and the information defined above for revisions of existing papers. 

The first place winner will receive a plaque and $2,500. Second and third place winners will receive $1,000 and $500, respectively, along with a certificate. In addition, the winning papers will be published in SES’s journal, Standards Engineering.  

5. Only one paper may be submitted by each entrant.

6. All submissions must be received with an official entry form by midnight on September 3, 2021.

Papers that do not follow these rules will not be forwarded to the judges and will not be eligible for any award. Papers will be reviewed by a panel of independent judges selected by SES. The judges will have absolute discretion to decide the winner(s) of the competition or, in the event of no papers being of sufficient merit, to withhold any award. Additionally, contestants grant publication rights to SES and to any of the sponsoring organizations of the World Standards Day event, as well as the right to release entries to other media.