The following criteria are followed when reviewing abstracts of the ECSS Young Investigators Award:
- The research is original, i.e., not already published (see below*) at the time of the submission.
- The research has relevance for sport and/or exercise and its effects on performance and/or health and/or aspects of well-being.
- The abstract has been carefully prepared and is well structured.
- The background and relevance are clearly described.
- The work is innovative.
- The methodology is sound and the data/arguments/reasoning are solid.
- Where there are quantitative data in the abstract, the study has enough power, and appropriate statistical tests have been performed to underpin claims on significance.
- Where there are qualitative data in the abstract, these are reported/interpreted using established paradigms/frameworks and contextualised appropriately.
- In the case of a mixed-methods studies, a brief description of both types of methodological approaches should be provided, as well as reporting the data to meet the criteria of quantitative and qualitative data listed above.
- There is a clear and justified conclusion at the end.
- The research is either highly significant for the respective field or has potential high impact for the future (e.g., development of new methodologies/interpretations that will generate new knowledge and impact for society).
*This means that the work is not published, or accepted for publication in any peer-reviewed journal nor in any book, whether indexed or not, in an established disciplinary database.