Best Paper Award

Best Paper Award

This award is given annually for the best paper published in Landslides: Journal of International Consortium on Landslides for the year beginning with the calendar year 2004 (Vol. 1).

How to select:

  1. Judging for the award will be by members of the Best Paper Award Subcommittee.
  2. Ranking of papers by Subcommittee members will be based on the following numerical grading system:
    Scientific and technical quality 50%
    Impact on the profession and society 30%
    Quality of figures and tables 20%


  3. Based on the above rating system, subcommittee members should rank the top five papers for the year into a five-paper “short list” with the member’s choice for the best paper being number 1, the second best paper being number 2, etc. These lists should be submitted by e-mail to the Chairman of the Subcommittee.
  4. The Chairman will apply numerical scores to each short list as follows: number 1 will receive 5 points; number 2 will receive 4 points, number 3 will receive 3 points, etc.
  5. The Chairman will total the points for all of the short lists. The paper with the highest point total will receive the Best Paper Award.
  6. In case of a tie, the Chairman will call for a “tiebreaker” vote.
  7. Note for the short lists: A Subcommittee member will not be allowed to recommend a paper for which he/she is the author or coauthor.

The past recipients of the Best Paper Award are:

  • Claudio Margottini (2004) Instability and geotechnical problems of the Buddha niches and surrounding cliff in Bamiyan Valley, central Afghanistan. Vol.1, No.1 :41-51
  • Rex L. Baum, Jeffery A. Coe, Jonathan W. Godt, Edwin L. Harp, Mark E. Reid, William Z. Savage, William H. Schulz, Dianne L. Brien Alan F. Chleborad, Jonathan P. McKenna and John A. Michael, (2005) Regional landslide-hazard assessment for Seattle, Washington, USA. Vol.2, No.4:266-279
  • Farrokh Nadim, Oddvar Kjekstad, Pascal Peduzzi, Christian Herold, and Christian Jaedicke (2006) Global landslide and avalanche hotspots. Vol. 3, No. 2:159-173
  • Didier Leynaud, Nabil Sultan, and Jürgen Mienert (2007) The role of sedimentation rate and permeability in the slope stability of the formerly glaciated Norwegian continental margin: the Storegga slide model. Vol.4, No. 4:297-309
  • Adam B. Prochaska, Paul M. Santi, Jerry D. Higgins, and Susan H. Cannon (2008) A study of methods to estimate debris flow velocity. Vol.5, No.4:413-444
  • K. Lundström, R. Larsson, T. Dahlin (2009) Mapping of quick clay formations using geotechnical and geophysical methods. Vol.6, No.1:1-15
  • Christopher I. Massey, Vernon Manville, Graham H. Hancox, Harry J. Keys, Colin Lawrence, Mauri McSaveney (2010) Out-burst flood (lahar) triggered by retrogressive landsliding, 18 March 2007 at Mt Ruapehu,New Zealand—a successful early warning. Vol.7, No. 3: 303-315.
  • M.A. Brideau, A. Pedrazzini, D. Stead, C. Froese, M. Jaboyedoff and D. van Zeyl (2011): Three-dimensional slope stability analysis of South Peak, Crowsnest Pass, Alberta, Canada,  Vol 8, No 2:139-158.
  • N.M. Pinyol, E.E. Alonso, J. Corominas and J. Moya (2012): Canelles landslide: modelling rapid drawdown and fast potential sliding (Vol.9, No.1:33-51),
  • R. Sosio, G.B. Crosta and O. Hungr (2012): Numerical modeling of debris avalanche propagation from collapse of volcanic edifices (Vol.9, No.3:315-334)
  • D.M. Staley, J.W. Kean, S.H. Cannon, K.M. Schmidt, and J.L. Laber (2013: Objective definition of rainfall intensity – duration thresholds for the initiation of post-fire debris flows in southern California (Vol.10, No 5: 547–562)
  • O. Hunger, S. Leroueil, L. Picarelli (2014) The Varnes classification of landslide types, an update (Vol.11, No.2, 167-194)

  • D. Huang, D. Cen, G. Ma and R. Huang (2015) Step-path failure of rock slopes with intermittent joints (Vol.12, No.5, 911–926)