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  • Arnold Berliner Award

    About the Arnold Berliner Award

    To mark the 100th anniversary of the journal in 2013, the Arnold Berliner Award was established in recognition of its founder who guided the development of the journal over the exceptionally long period of 22 years.
    The award is given annually for the best research article published in the journal during the previous calendar year.
    Criteria are excellence in science, originality and in particular interdisciplinarity, overall mirroring Berliner's motivation for initiating Naturwissenschaften.The Award is marked with the Arnold Berliner Medal, and is accompanied by a biennial subscription to the electronic edition of the journal, a 500 Euro voucher for Springer eBooks, as well as a cash prize of 250 Euro.

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