Test of Time Award

The SIGecom Test of Time Award recognizes an influential paper or series of papers published between ten and twenty-five years prior to the award by a single author or team of authors that has had significant impact on research or applications that exemplify the interplay of economics and computation.

The award is conferred annually at the ACM Conference on Economics and Computation and includes a plaque and complimentary conference registration for each winner and an honorarium of $1,000 to be shared among the winners. The award may be shared by more than one author or group of authors, or may not be given if the nominations are judged not to meet the standards of the award.

To be eligible, a paper or series of papers must be on a topic in the intersection of economics and computation, including topics in electronic commerce, and must have been first published, in preliminary or final form, in an archival journal or conference proceedings no less than ten years and no more than twenty-five years before the year the award is conferred. Papers for which all authors are deceased at the time the Award Committee makes its decision are not eligible for the award.

The next SIGecom Test of Time Award will be given in 2017 for papers published no earlier than 1992 and no later than 2007. Nominations are due by April 30, 2017, and must be made by email to the Award Committee with subject "ACM SIGecom Test of Time Award."

Any member of SIGecom may submit a nomination. Self-nomination is not allowed. Nominations must include the following, preferably in a single PDF file:

  1. Bibliographic data for the paper or series of papers demonstrating publication, in preliminary or final form, at least ten years and at most twenty-five years before the award year.
  2. An endorsement letter by the nominator of no more than two pages describing the technical content of the paper or series of papers and the lasting contribution, significance, and impact of the work.
  3. The names, email addresses, and affiliations of at least two other endorsers. Endorsers, like the nominator, may not be authors of the paper or papers under consideration.
  4. A concise statement of one sentence describing the contribution of the paper or series of papers.

The two additional endorsers should send letters directly to the Award Committee by the same deadline. Each letter should specify the relationship of the endorser to nominees and describe, in 500 words or fewer, the lasting contribution, significance, and impact of the paper or papers.

Those considering or intending to submit a nomination are encouraged to contact the Award Committee well in advance. The Award Committee will accept informal proposals for potential nominees or tentative offers to prepare formal nominations, should they be needed.

An unsuccessful nomination can be reconsidered for one further award cycle, with the option of updating the original nomination to reflect additional impact. Subsequently, a new nomination must be provided. All matters relating to the selection process that are not specified here are left to the discretion of the Award Committee.

It is expected that at least one of the nominated authors, if selected for the award, will attend the next ACM Conference on Economics and Computation to accept the award and give a presentation on the work. The award includes complimentary registration but does not cover travel expenses to attend the conference.