Description: The GRSS established the GRSS TRANSACTIONS Prize Paper Award (TPPA) to recognize the authors who have published in the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON GEOSCIENCE AND REMOTE SENSING (TGRS) during the calendar year an exceptional paper in terms of content and impact on the GRS-Society. If a suitable paper cannot be identified from among those published during the calendar year, papers published in prior years and subsequently recognized as being meritorious may be considered.

Administration: IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society (IEEE GRSS).

Eligibility: Papers published in the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON GEOSCIENCE AND REMOTE SENSING. Eligibility and the selection process shall comply with procedures and regulation established in IEEE and Society governing documents, particularly with IEEE Policy 4.4 on Awards Limitations. Papers with the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing as a co-author are not eligible.

Award Items: Certificate and check for US$2000. In case of multiple authors, each will receive a certificate, and the cash award will be shared among the co-authors.

Frequency: The award shall be presented annually to one recipient, provided a qualified paper is identified. If a suitable paper cannot be identified from among those published during the calendar year, papers published in prior years and subsequently recognized as being meritorious may be considered.

Funds: The award is funded through the IEEE GRSS budget. The society’s budget includes the amount for this award AND the Society budget is net positive with the inclusion of the award.

Nominee Solicitation: Nominations for the GRSS TRANSACTIONS Prize Paper Award shall be made by:

  • Reviewers of the GRSS TGRS papers
  • Associate Editors of GRSS TGRS
  • Editor in Chief of GRSS TGRS
  • Society members

The nomination package must be submitted by an IEEE GRSS member, consisting of the following:

  • Paper information,
  • It’s relevant contribution, and
  • it’s originality, clarity and timeliness.

The Editor-in-Chief compiles the list of nominated papers, along with the number of nominations and any other pertinent and appropriate data. The Editor-in-Chief is not allowed to remove any nominated paper from consideration.

The Eligibility and Selection process shall comply with procedures and regulation established in IEEE and Society governing documents, particularly with IEEE Policy 4.4 on Awards Limitations. No paper authored or coauthored by persons involved in the selection process is eligible.

Award Committee: The nominations are evaluated and ranked by the IEEE GRSS Publications Awards Committee. The IEEE GRSS AdCom approves the award in its spring meeting.

Selection/Basis for Judging: In selecting the paper, factors considered are:

  • originality,
  • clarity, and
  • timeliness of the paper.
  • IEEE membership is preferable.

Presentation: The award shall be presented at an awards ceremony during IGARSS of the following year.

Publicity: Nominations for the award shall be requested in the GRS Magazine and on the GRS home page. A feature publication will be published in the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON GEOSCIENCE AND REMOTE SENSING and/or in the GRSS Magazine.

Schedule: The following schedule shall be the guideline:

Sept request for nominations in the GRS Magazine
Dec. 10 deadline for nominations to the Editor in Chief of GRSS Transactions
Dec. 15 Editor in Chief provides the nominations list to the Publications Awards Cmte Chair
Dec. 20 Publications Awards Cmte Chair sends ranked nominations to Awards Cmte members
Feb. 15 deadline for evaluations by Publications Awards Cmte
Feb. AdCom approval of the GRSS Transactions best paper for the award by GRSS AdCom
March 1 notify recipient, request biographical sketch and photo
April 1 order certificate with citation from IEEE, and send signatures of both GRS-S President and Awards Committee Chair to IEEE Headquarters (allow 2 months)
IGARSS awards presentation (Plenary or Banquet)
Prepare material for GRSS Magazine immediately after IGARSS
Sept. Prepare archival material for TRANSACTIONS

Last Update: June, 2016