Every calendar year, the SSN highlights the best publications by a young member in three different domains of neuroscience:

I. Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience

II. Systems and Behavioral Neuroscience

III. Human and Clinical Neuroscience.

PhD  students  and first-year postdocs are considered young SSN members. The Best Publication Awards are handed over at the Annual meeting of the SSN. The amount of the Award is decided every year by the Council.

Awarded are peer-reviewed articles, published (or accepted for publication) between December 1st of the previous year and November 30th of the year the application is submitted.

Only articles to which the applicant has contributed substantially will be considered.

The applicant has to be a member of the SSN and has to be first or last author of the article. The application includes:

  • the article 
  • a short description of the significance of the work (max. one A4 page)
  • curriculum-vitae
  • letter of support from the main supervisor describing the student's contribution to the article

The documents should be submitted electronically as one single PDF to:

The deadline for application is December 21st for an article to be considered for the SSN Best Publication Award at the following annual meeting.

A jury composed of SSN council members will review the applications. The selection will be based on scientific and/or clinical excellence, as well as on the specific contribution of the student. The short description of the significance of the work and the letter of support describing the contribution of the student are thus important parts of the review criteria. The decision of the jury cannot be appealed.

The rules for application and the amount of award will be posted on the website of the SSN.

This year, the SSN will present three "SSN Best Publication Awards", one for each category:

1. Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience

2. Systems and Behavioral Neuroscience

3. Human and Clinical Neuroscience

Applicants must indicate for which category they want their article to be considered.

Submission of a paper (article) to the "SSN Best Publication Award", even if nominated, does not exclude submission the same year of the same paper to the "Pfizer Prize", or other prize competitions.