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The 2017 SASA Conference will be hosted by the University of Free State from 27 - 30 November 2017 at Ilanga Estate, Bloemfontein. Details here.

Sichel Medal Criteria

The Herbert Sichel Medal is awarded annually to the member (or members) of the Association who has (have) published the best statistical paper during the previous year. Accordingly, members are invited to nominate or submit papers for consideration for the Herbert Sichel Medal. The following rules will govern the award:

  • Papers on theoretical or applied statistics are eligible.
  • Single- and co-authored papers in which the principal author is an ordinary member of SASA will be considered.   
  • The papers must have been published (either online or in hard copy) in the previous year.
  • Papers appearing in refereed journals, in fully refereed conference proceedings or as refereed chapters in books are eligible (books, theses or dissertations are not).
  • Nominations for the award may be made by an ordinary member of SASA (who is not an author) or submissions may be made by the author(s) who is an ordinary SASA member. An individual may only submit one paper for the award.  
  • In evaluating the papers for the medal, the panel will use the following set of criteria:
  1. The impact of the paper in its specific field
  2. How innovative are the ideas or techniques used in the paper
  3. The relevance of the problem being addressed
  4. How well-written is the paper

The decision by SASA on the award of the medal will be final. The membership of the panel is still to be finalised. Any member of the panel who is himself a nominee will be replaced by someone not nominated for the medal. The winner(s) of the Herbert Sichel Medal will be announced at the Annual Conference of the Association each year.