The future of STD research lies in the development of the next generation of investigators focusing on STD. To develop investigators, we need to stimulate interest and motivate young investigators to choose STD as their area of focus. As one effort to accomplish this goal, the ASTDA and Sexually Transmitted Diseases created an award to recognize excellence in STD-related research by an early career investigator. This award is the Best STD Paper by an Early Career Investigator, to be presented annually at the ASTDA awards ceremonies.
To be eligible for this award, lead (first) authors must declare themselves as an early career investigator during the registration process to submit their manuscript. Our definition of an early career investigator is a current graduate, medical, or other professional student; postdoctoral fellow including clinical fellows; or a junior faculty member within 2 years of training completion. If your paper is accepted for publication in STD, then it is automatically entered into the competition. The selection of a winner is a two-step process: 1) the associate editors and the editor-in-chief will nominate one to two accepted articles that were directly handled by them; and 2) these articles are then sent to our editorial board to vote for their first, second and third place papers. Votes are tallied and verified by two individuals.