2021 Robert K. Merton Award

We are inviting nominations for the 2021 Robert K. Merton Award. The prize will be presented online at the 13th International Network for Analytical Sociologists Conference (INAS) on May 29–30, 2021, in Tokyo.

Nominations, including self-nominations, are encouraged for papers on any topic related to analytical sociology, published in print (or online for online-only journals) during 2019 and 2020.

Papers paying special attention to the following elements will be particularly appreciated: clear specification of explanatory mechanisms; well-defined empirical explanatory focus; careful research design; detailing connections between levels of analysis; innovative and transparent methodological procedures, whether qualitative or quantitative; clarity in writing style.

Please send a copy of the nominated paper, together with a brief motivation to the committee chair at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Nominations for the 2021 award are accepted until April 15, 2021.

We look forward to receiving your nominations,

The Award Committee

You can download the official call for papers here.


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The Robert K. Merton Award for the best paper in analytical sociology is an annual award announced at the annual INAS conference.

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