2023 MARC EMCR and PhD Publication Prizes

Winners announced!

We are pleased to announce the winners of the inaugural 2022 MARC Publication Prizes.

EMCR prize winner:

Dr Amanda Cross receiving MARC EMCR publication prize certificate

Dr Amanda Cross won the MARC EMCR Publication Prize for the publication titled "Barriers and enablers to monitoring and deprescribing opioid analgesics for chronic non-cancer pain: a systematic review with qualitative evidence synthesis using the Theoretical Domains Framework".

PhD prize winner:

Dr Louisa Picco receiving the MARC PhD Publication Prize certificate

Louisa Picco won the MARC PhD Publication Prize for the publication titled "How do patient, pharmacist and medication characteristics and prescription drug monitoring program alerts influence pharmacists’ decisions to dispense opioids? A randomised controlled factorial experiment".

Submission are now closed

The Monash Addiction Research Centre (MARC) is committed to developing Early-Mid Career Researcher (EMCR) initiatives to assist our EMCRs in developing their addiction research careers. In addition to the emphasis placed on a strong track record in research publications and competitive funding, there is also the requirement for EMCRs to secure competitive Prizes & Awards. MARC offers the MARC EMCR and PhD Publication Prizes to our members in support of this.

We invite MARC EMCRs to nominate one 2022 research publication for the 2023 MARC EMCR and PhD Publication Prizes. Two Publication Prizes will be awarded:

  1. EMCR (or Post-PhD) prize
  2. PhD candidate (or Pre-PhD) prize

NOTE: At MARC, we define an Early-Mid Career Researcher (EMCR) as a staff member (up to academic Level C) within ten years of their PhD conferral (taking career disruptions into account) at the time of publication. Individuals who were PhD candidates at the time of paper publication are eligible for the PhD candidate prize. The time of paper publication is the first date that the paper appeared online.


The MARC EMCR and PhD Publication Prize consists of an Award Certificate and a $150 gift voucher. The award will only be granted if an application is deemed to be of sufficient merit. Accordingly, MARC reserves the right not to make an award in any given year.

Terms of Award

  • Applicants will be notified of their submission outcome by the MARC Publication Review Committee at the 2023 MARC Symposium on Thursday, 18 May 2023. The successful applicant (or someone nominated by them) will receive their award and certificate during the symposium. To find out more about the 2023 MARC Symposium or register visit 2023marcsymposium.eventbrite.com.au/
  • Award recipients will receive a $150 gift voucher and a certificate.

How to Apply

  • Check your eligibility to apply.
  • Complete the online application. This includes a 200-word statement describing the impact and significance of your publication and your contribution.
  • Upload a PDF copy of your nominated journal article (with 2022 publication date, volume number and page numbers).

Applicant Eligibility Criteria (Submission closing date – Friday, 14 April 2023)

  • Applicant must be an EMCR or a Monash University PhD candidate at the time of publication.
  • The EMCR must be a paid Monash University staff member and a MARC member up to an academic Level C.
  • Nominations will not be accepted from EMCRs currently in leadership roles (e.g. Group Leader, Laboratory Head, Director/Deputy Director, Head of Unit, etc.).
  • The EMCR must have held their PhD for less than or equal to 10 full-time equivalent years from their PhD degree conferral date (i.e. the date on which the degree is officially awarded) at the time of publication, considering career disruptions. Career disruptions are based on the NHMRC guidelines; eligible disruptions include pregnancy, major illness/injury and carer responsibilities only.

Publication Nomination Criteria

  • Only one nomination per EMCR or PhD will be accepted.
  • All journal articles must be addiction relevant.
  • All nominated publications MUST HAVE a Monash University byline affiliated to the nominating EMCR (excludes corresponding or present address at Monash University with no additional Monash University byline).
  • The applicant (EMCR) must be listed as the nominated publication's first, joint-first, last, or joint-last author.
  • The publication (journal article) must have been published online by the journal in 2022
  • All journal articles must be classified as research and peer-reviewed via the Monash University PURE system
  • Nominations must include a completed Research Impact and Contribution Statement (max. 200 words). The contribution by the EMCR to the research publication should be clearly articulated in this statement.

Assessment Criteria

  • The main criteria for assessment will be the significance of the research which should also encompass the research and/or translational impact:


Significance of Research (including research and/or translational impact)40%
Journal Quality (impact factor, journal ranking, reputation in field)20%
Originality of Research20%
Contribution to Research by the EMCR/PhD20%

Review and Assessment of Nominations

MARC Publication Committee staff will verify that all nominations meet the Applicant Eligibility Criteria and Publication Nomination Criteria.

Each prize group will be assigned to a Review Panel comprised of a Chair, and two academics. Each Review Panel will examine all publications, and the Publication Prizes will be awarded to a publication based on the Assessment Criteria.

Please complete the online nomination form at MARC EMCR and PhD Publication Prize by COB 14 April 2023 (AEST).

NOTE: Late, incomplete, or non-submitted applications will not be considered.


All queries regarding this scheme should be directed to MARC by email at marc.info@monash.edu.