The Merton Award

Robert K. Merton was one of the most influential sociologists of the 20th Century. His writing on the principles and importance of middle-range theory as well as his own theories of self-fulfilling prophecies and Matthew effects have been important sources of inspiration for the emergence of analytical sociology. Merton attended the first analytical-sociology/social mechanism conference held at the Royal Academy of Sciences in Stockholm in 1996, and he remained a strong supporter of analytical sociology throughout the rest of his career.

The Robert K. Merton Award for the best paper in analytical sociology is an annual award announced at the annual INAS conference. The award is based on a thorough selection process. Nominations are sought from the international scholarly community and the decision is made by a committee of leading scholars appointed at the INAS meeting.

The coming 2020 Robert K. Merton Award will be delivered in the 13th INAS conference between 30th-31st of May, 2020, in Tokyo, Japan. Papers can now be submitted to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before 31st of March 2020.You can know more about it here.

Previous winners of the Robert K. Merton Award 

Committee for the 2020 Robert K. Merton Award