Call for Nominations: Eisenberg and Burgess Article-of-the-Year Awards

John M. Eisenberg Article-of-the-Year Award

James Burgess Research Methods Article-of-the-Year Award

We are inviting you to nominate yourself or someone else you think would make a worthy recipient of either the 2020 Health Services Research (HSR) John M. Eisenberg Article-of-the-Year Award or the James Burgess Methods Article-of-the-Year Award.

The Eisenberg award was established in 2003 to honor Dr. Eisenberg, who served as the Director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) from 1997-2002. Dr. Eisenberg was a rigorous and prolific health services researcher who believed that practice and policy inform research, and research should in turn inform practice and policy. We seek to recognize excellent and original research among all articles published in the Journal during the previous calendar year. We will choose an awardee based on the overall quality of the article and its impact on practice and/or policy. Areas of particular interest to Dr. Eisenberg included primary care and workforce issues, cost-effectiveness research and pharmacy benefits, physicians’ use of services and response to incentives, how physicians make clinical decisions, and improving measurements of quality and outcomes.

This year, we are introducing a second award to honor the legacy of Prof. James Burgess (a Senior Associate Editor of HSR who was poised to become a co-editor-in-chief just prior to his untimely death) by designating the best research methods article published in the journal in the prior year. Our definition of “research methods articles” includes articles about new methods, articles about innovative or novel applications of older methods, and articles comparing or evaluating alternative methods.

Both awardees will be honored at HSR’s annual dinner, to be held in conjunction with AcademyHealth’s Annual Research Meeting in Boston, MA on June 14, 2020.

To be eligible for either award, the article must have been published in hard copy by HSR during the 2019 calendar year. A nomination should briefly address each of the following questions:

Title of the article

Authors of the article

Month in which the article was published in hard copy in HSR

Describe the main strengths of the paper (50 words or less)

Provide a letter, citations, or other documentation to demonstrate that the paper has informed practice and or policy (for the Eisenberg award) or the work of other researchers (for the Burgess award)

The final selection will be done by HSR’s co-editors in chief in collaboration with the Journal’s senior associate editors. Nominations should be sent electronically to To be eligible, nominations must be received by March 20, 2020.