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WITec Paper Award – Contribute your scientific results

The annual WITec Paper Award competition recognizes exceptional scientific papers published in peer-reviewed journals that include results acquired with a WITec microscope. Scientists from all over the world and any field of application are encouraged to submit their work from the current year.

Participating is easy! Just send your publication(s) to in PDF format. (For details, see conditions of participation below.)

The entry deadline is January 31 of each year, i.e. you can submit your publications from the current year until the end of January next year.

Any co-author can submit a paper, and their participation will automatically enter their name in a prize draw that will take place shortly after the submission deadline. The prizes are 10 WITec backpacks with RFID protection.

In spring every year, a WITec jury will evaluate the submitted papers from the previous year in terms of scientific relevance, data quality and the level of instrument feature utilization to determine the winners. The first author(s) of the three winning publications will receive Amazon™ gift cards as prizes: 500€, 300€ and 200€ for the Gold, Silver and Bronze winners, respectively.

Conditions of participation:

  • In order to participate, please send your paper(s) (in PDF format) to Please include the supplementary information (if applicable) and your full contact information.
  • Please note that your data will be processed according to our data protection regulations. If there is a WITec representative in your country, your data may be forwarded to them.
  • Publications co-authored with an employee of the Oxford Instruments Group are not eligible for a WITec Paper Award.
  • Submitted papers must be in English.
  • The use of a WITec microscope should be clearly documented either in the "Materials and Methods" section of the article or by other supporting documentation.
  • Each annual Paper Award competition accepts articles published in print or online during one calendar year (Jan. – Dec.) and the entry deadline is January 31 of the following year.
  • Each paper can only be submitted once.
  • The person who submits a paper is registered for a prize draw that will take place shortly after the submission deadline (see prize draw terms and conditions). If a person submits several papers, their name will enter the prize draw multiple times, increasing their chance of winning. The prizes are 10 WITec backpacks with RFID protection.
  • The first author(s) of the three winning publications will receive an Amazon™ gift card.
Participate in the WITec Paper Award for a chance to win a backpack with RFID protection
Participate in the WITec Paper Award for a chance to win a backpack with RFID protection

Previous Paper Awards

2024: We are now accepting publications from 2023. Send us your papers for the chance to win!














Prize Draw terms and conditions

  1. The Promoter of this Prize Draw is WITec GmbH, Lise-Meitner-Str. 6, 89081 Ulm, Germany.
  2. Participation in the Prize Draw is only open to those who submit at least one eligible publication to the WITec Paper Award 2024.
  3. Entrants must be aged 18 years or over.
  4. No purchase is necessary to enter the Prize Draw.
  5. One entry to the Prize Draw is allowed per person per submitted eligible publication.
  6. There will be ten (10) prizes of a WITec-branded backpack with RFID protection.
  7. Promoter reserves the right to offer alternative equivalent prizes. Equivalency will be determined solely by the Promoter. The prize is not transferable and cannot be substituted for a cash alternative or any other prize.
  8. The ten winners of the Prize Draw will be selected at random from those qualified entries received on or before January 31, 2024. All entries have an equal and fair chance of winning the prize stated. Participants in the Prize Draw who submitted multiple entries have a greater chance of winning, but can only win one Prize Draw prize.
  9. Prize winners will be notified within five working days of the draw and will be asked to provide their full name and address. If a winner fails to respond within ten working days of this notification, a redraw may take place from the remaining qualified entries to select a new winner. If any winner declines a prize or fails to respond within the required period, they forfeit any right to the prize.
  10. You agree to be bound by the decisions of the Promoter, which are final in all matters relating to the Prize Draw. No correspondence will be entered into in respect of the Promoter’s decisions.
  11. This Prize Draw is not open to any employees of Oxford Instruments Group, their families, agents or anyone else connected with this Prize Draw.
  12. Any personal information supplied by entrants when submitting a publication and entering this Prize Draw will be used by WITec GmbH in accordance with the privacy statement on its website here: Entrants should read this statement as their entry into this Prize Draw is an agreement to be bound by such statement. All entrants may contact WITec GmbH to have their details removed from its database at any time.
  13. The entrant represents and warrants that they are not aware of any intellectual property rights that would be infringed or misused by his/her entry.
  14. By entering this Competition, entrants agree to be bound by these terms. WITec GmbH reserves the right to amend these terms at any time.
  15. WITec GmbH excludes all liability to the fullest extent permitted by law for any costs, claims or losses howsoever caused that arise by reason of the entrant’s entry into the Competition, or the award, or non-award, to them of a prize.
  16. In the event that any of these terms are held to be illegal, invalid or unenforceable, such term(s) shall be severed from the remaining terms which shall continue in full force and effect.
  17. These terms shall be construed in accordance with and governed by the laws of Germany. The federal and state courts located in Ulm, Germany, shall have exclusive jurisdiction over any dispute arising in connection with any of these terms. You hereby waive any objection which you may now or hereafter have to the laying of venue of any suit, action or proceeding relating to these terms in Germany and further irrevocably waive any claim that Germany is not a convenient forum for any such suit, action or proceeding.