We are inviting nominations for the 2018 Robert K. Merton Award. The prize will be presented at the 11th International Network for Analytical Sociologists Conference (INAS) on June 7-8, 2018, in Stanford. Nominations can be for a paper on any topic related to analytical sociology, published in print (or online for online-only journals) during 2015 or 2016. Self-nominations are allowed. Papers paying special attention to the following elements will be particularly appreciated: careful research design; well-defined empirical explanatory focus; clear specification of explanatory mechanisms, detailing connections between levels of analysis; tailor-made methodological procedures, being qualitative or quantitative; explicitness on (methodological) assumptions; clarity in the 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 2018 award are accepted until March 1st, 2018.

We look forward to receiving your nominations.

The Award Committee Gunn Elisabeth Birkelund, Marc Keuschnigg (last year co-winner), Gianluca Manzo (chair), Christian Steglich.