Awards | The 2013 Algerian Paper of the Year Awards launched the first edition of the Algerian Paper of the Year Awards in January 2013 to recognise and celebrate scientific publications produced by Algerian scientists and researchers across five disciplines: Biological Sciences, Chemical Sciences, Computer Science & Engineering, Medicine Pharmacy & Veterinary Science, and Physical Science & Mathematics (Read original call here).

We have received an impressive 160 nominations for the awards across the five disciplines, which underwent a rigorous shortlisting and peer-reviewing process.'s Awards Committee recruited a total of 15 researchers for the shortlisting and a panel of 26 international experts for the reviewing process. The full report can be found here, and the financial report can be downoaded from here.

The winning papers of the 2013 edition of the Algerian Paper of the Year Awards are:

  • Biological Sciences:

Acourene S. (1), Ammouche A. (2), Optimization of ethanol, citric acid, and a-amylase production from date wastes by strains of Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Aspergillus niger, and Candida guilliermondii. Journal of Industrial Microbiology & Biotechnology, 2012, Volume 39, Issue 5, pp 759-766.

(1) Station of Algerian National Institute of Agricultural Research, Touggourt BP 17, 30200, Ouargla, Algeria.

(2) National Institute of Agronomy, El-Harrach, Algiers, Algeria.

  • Chemical Sciences:

Golea D., Rezgui Y., Guemini M., Hamdane S., Reduction of PAH and Soot Precursors in Benzene Flames by Addition of Ethanol. The Journal of Physical Chemistry A, 2012, Volume 116, Issue 14, pp 3625–3642.

Laboratoire de Chimie Appliqueé et Technologie des Mateŕiaux, Université d'OumEl Bouaghi, OumEl Bouaghi, Algeria.

  • Computer Science & Engineering:

Belkhir N. (1), Bouzid D. (1), Herold V. (2), Morphological behavior and wear of polyurethane pads used in glass polishing process. Precision Engineering, 2012, Volume 36, Issue 4, pp 641–649.

(1) Institute of Optics and Precision Mechanics, Ferhat Abbas University Setif, Setif, Algeria.

(2) Institute of Materials Science and Technology, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Germany.

  • Medicine, Pharmacy & Veterinary Sciences:

Abdelouhab K., Rafa H., Toumi R., Bouaziz S., Medjeber O., Touil-Boukoffa C., Mucosal intestinal alteration in experimental colitis correlates with nitric oxide production by peritoneal macrophages: Effect of probiotics and prebiotics. Immunopharmacology and Immunotoxicology, 2012, Volume 34, Issue 4, pp 590-597.

Department of Biological Sciences, Laboratory of Cellular and Molecular Biology, Cytokines and NOSynthases Group, USTHB, Algiers, Algeria.

  • Physical Sciences & Mathematics:

Bouras M. (1), Boumaiza A. (2, 3) , Ji V., Rouag N. (3), XRD peak broadening characterization of deformed microstructures and heterogeneous behavior of carbon steel. Theoretical and Applied Fracture Mechanics, 2012, Volume 61, pp 51–56.

(1) Département Génie des Procédés, Faculté des Sciences et de la Technologie, Université de Jijel, Jijel, Algeria.

(2) Département de Physique, Faculté des Sciences Exactes et des Sciences de la Vie et de la Nature, Université de Jijel, Jijel, Algeria.

(3) ICMMO, UMR CNRS 8182, Université de Paris Sud, Bât 410, 91405 Orsay Cedex, France

(4) Laboratoire Microstructures et Défauts, Faculté des Sciences, Université Mentouri Constantine, Constantine, Algeria.


The winners received a commemoration plaque and award certificates and were invited to be featured in an exclusive interview on Inspire Magazine.

A full report on the 2013 edition of the Algerian Paper of the Year Awards including the details of the selection process can be found here.


The Algerian Paper of the Year Awards has been a journey that led us to discover brilliant science produced in Algerian universities and research institutions and to meet brilliant Algerian scientists from all over the world. We would like to thank all those who nominated their papers for the Awards, all those who helped shortlist and review the nominations, as well as the broader community of Algerian academics, scientists, researchers and practitioners who helped support this initiative and made it a success.

We are already looking forward to the 2014 edition and hope that you will continue to support the Algerian Paper of the Year Awards. Awards Committee.

16th of April 2013.