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Best Paper Award

The Molecules Best Paper Award is granted annually to highlight publications of high quality, scientific significance, and extensive influence. The evaluation committee members choose 10 articles of exceptional quality that were published in the journal the year before the previous year and announce them online by the end of March.

The Prize:
– The first prize: one review and one research article, CHF 500 each;
– The second prize: one review and two research articles, CHF 300 each;
– The third prize: two reviews and three research articles;
– Each winner will also receive an electronic certificate and a free voucher for article-processing fees, valid for one year.

Molecules Best Paper Award
Winner announcement: 31 March 2025

Eligibility and Requirements

– All papers published in the journal Molecules will be eligible (both regular and Special Issue submissions).

Selection Criteria:

– Scientific merit and broad impact;
– Originality of the research objectives and/or the ideas presented;
– Creativity of the study design or uniqueness of the approaches and concepts;
– Clarity of presentation;
– Citations and downloads.

Past Winners


17 pages, 40033 KiB  
A Potential Valorization Strategy of Wine Industry by-Products and Their Application in Cosmetics—Case Study: Grape Pomace and Grapeseed
by Sara M. Ferreira and Lúcia Santos
Molecules 2022, 27(3), 969; - 31 Jan 2022
17 pages, 2004 KiB  
Vibrational Study (Raman, SERS, and IR) of Plant Gallnut Polyphenols Related to the Fabrication of Iron Gall Inks
by Alba Espina, Santiago Sanchez-Cortes and Zuzana Jurašeková
Molecules 2022, 27(1), 279; - 3 Jan 2022
12 pages, 2167 KiB  
Laser-Induced Interdigital Structured Graphene Electrodes Based Flexible Micro-Supercapacitor for Efficient Peak Energy Storage
by Apurba Ray, Jenny Roth and Bilge Saruhan
Molecules 2022, 27(1), 329; - 5 Jan 2022
16 pages, 33316 KiB  
Nickel-Based Metal-Organic Frameworks as Electrocatalysts for the Oxygen Evolution Reaction (OER)
by Linda Sondermann, Wulv Jiang, Meital Shviro, Alex Spieß, Dennis Woschko, Lars Rademacher and Christoph Janiak
Molecules 2022, 27(4), 1241; - 12 Feb 2022
16 pages, 3826 KiB  
Distinguishing between Decaffeinated and Regular Coffee by HS-SPME-GC×GC-TOFMS, Chemometrics, and Machine Learning
by Yun Zou, Meriem Gaida, Flavio A. Franchina, Pierre-Hugues Stefanuto and Jean-François Focant
Molecules 2022, 27(6), 1806; - 10 Mar 2022
20 pages, 2385 KiB  
Elucidation of the Lipid Composition of Hemp (Cannabis sativa L.) Products by Means of Gas Chromatography and Ultra-High Performance Liquid Chromatography Coupled to Mass Spectrometry Detection
by Paola Arena, Francesca Rigano, Paolo Guarnaccia, Paola Dugo, Luigi Mondello and Emanuela Trovato
Molecules 2022, 27(10), 3358; - 23 May 2022
30 pages, 1774 KiB  
Metallo-Drugs in Cancer Therapy: Past, Present and Future
by Roxana Liana Lucaciu, Adriana Corina Hangan, Bogdan Sevastre and Luminița Simona Oprean
Molecules 2022, 27(19), 6485; - 1 Oct 2022
17 pages, 2836 KiB  
Excited-State Intramolecular Proton Transfer Dyes with Dual-State Emission Properties: Concept, Examples and Applications
by Timothée Stoerkler, Thibault Pariat, Adèle D. Laurent, Denis Jacquemin, Gilles Ulrich and Julien Massue
Molecules 2022, 27(8), 2443; - 10 Apr 2022
23 pages, 3936 KiB  
New Halogen-Containing Drugs Approved by FDA in 2021: An Overview on Their Syntheses and Pharmaceutical Use
by Davide Benedetto Tiz, Luana Bagnoli, Ornelio Rosati, Francesca Marini, Luca Sancineto and Claudio Santi
Molecules 2022, 27(5), 1643; - 2 Mar 2022
13 pages, 3279 KiB  
Effect of Ginger on Inflammatory Diseases
by Pura Ballester, Begoña Cerdá, Raúl Arcusa, Javier Marhuenda, Karen Yamedjeu and Pilar Zafrilla
Molecules 2022, 27(21), 7223; - 25 Oct 2022

Award Committee

Prof. Dr. Thomas J. Schmidt Chairman
Universtity of Muenster
Prof. Dr. Victoria Samanidou
University of Thessaloniki
Prof. Jean-Yves Winum
University of Montpellier
Prof. Domenico Lombardo
CNR - Consiglio Nazionale Ricerche
Prof. Dr. Dimitra Hadjipavlou-Litina
Aristotles University of Thessaloniki
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