CARDIS 2004 - Guidelines for Best Student Paper Award
Sponsored by the USENIX Association

Students whose papers have been accepted for presentation at the conference are encouraged to apply for the Best Student Paper Award. The judging panel will evaluate the papers submitted, based upon the criteria presented below, and present the award to the recipient at the conference. Presentation of the paper at the conference will not form part of the evaluation for this award.

Papers eligible for the award must have a majority of the content written by the student. Students as the sole author is preferred, however, where a student co-authors a paper (with their supervisor, other academics, etc.) all the co-authors must provide confirmation that the majority of the paper was written by the student applying for the award. Papers with more than three authors are not eligible for consideration.

Papers authored by more than one student may apply. If the submission is successful then the award will be shared by the student authors.

Students may be enrolled either full-time or part-time in Masters or Doctoral studies in any smartcard related discipline (e.g. computer science, computer engineering, information systems, information sciences, security sciences, electrical engineering, etc.).

The Application for Best Student Paper Award Form must be completed and signed by all authors and submitted to the Conference Programme Chair by May 10, 2004:

Professor Pierre Paradinas
CNAM - Bureau 12.2.40
292 rue Saint-Martin
75141 Paris cedex 03 (France)
Fax: +33 1 40 27 27 09
e-mail: pierre.paradinas @

Judging Criteria

* Structure - the paper should be well-structured with appropriate headings and sub-headings. The Abstract should be a clear and concise overview of the paper. There should be an Introduction section introducing the aims and content of the paper, a body of discussion and a conclusion.
* Theme - there must be a clear theme throughout the paper. The theme should be evident in the Abstract, Introduction, body of discussion and Conclusion.
* Integration - the discussion should be coherent with correct use of language. The paper should be integrated, with discussion that flows and an obvious fulfillment of the previously stated aims.
* Contribution - the paper contents should contribute to the field and be technical correct. There should be evidence of creativity and innovation. There should also be evidence of student learning.
* Research methodology (where applicable) - the research goals and research design are clear, an appropriate research methodology has been used.
* Conclusion - the Conclusion section should draw together the discussion around the theme delivering conclusions, implications, and/or future trends.
* References - the reference material used is appropriate to the discipline, is academically sound, has breadth and quality (i.e. not just URL's). A recognized referencing method should have been used correctly.

All criteria will generally hold equal weighting. However, depending upon the type of paper submitted, the Research Methodology section may not apply in some cases.

Judging Panel
The panel of judges will consist of Professor Jean-Jacques Quisquater (CARDIS 2004 General Chair), Professor Pierre Paradinas (CARDIS 2004 Programme Chair) and Professor Peter Honeyman (USENIX and IFIP WG8.8).

Judging Process
Students submitting papers for this award must also complete and submit the attached Application for Best Student Paper Award form. This form must be completed and signed by ALL authors of the paper under consideration. The judges will review all papers submitted for the award, taking into account the referee reports. The judges will decide the successful award recipient prior to the commencement of the conference.

The CARDIS 2004 Best Student Paper Award is sponsored by the USENIX Association.

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