Research Paper Competition – 5th Edition

In the world of knowledge, there is always something new to discover. There are many different fields of study and sciences waiting to be discovered. Scientific research is a powerful tool for exploring and expanding the boundaries of human knowledge.

We are pleased to inform you that the fifth edition of the Research Papers Competition is officially open! The main goal of this competition is to engage students in the world of scientific research and promote the use of the “JSTOR” library for research purposes through rewards.

The Albanian-American Development Foundation, through the “CleanScore” project, has made access to the “JSTOR” library possible for all public partner universities. You can find more information on the official “JSTOR” website at www.jstor.org.

“JSTOR” is one of the largest digital libraries offering rich resources of academic journals, books, and other important materials for students, professors, and researchers in all fields of study.

The competition is open to all students pursuing a degree in an Albanian university or a university in the region, including alumni who graduated no later than one year from the moment this competition was announced. To demonstrate this, verification of current enrollment in studies or graduation within the past year must be attached to the submitted paper.


Partner for bibliographic scientific materials


Partner for anti-plagiarism control of papers

Admission criteria:

  • Language: English;
  • Word length: 2000-3500 words;
  • Maintain a formal academic writing style;
  • At least 50% of the references must be from JSTOR;
  • Plagiarism score: 10%. Papers must be original work. The evaluation committee will conduct a check through the platform Akademia.al.

The prizes for the Competition are as follows:

  • First place: $400
  • Two-second places: $200 each
  • Three third places: $100 each

Winning papers will be announced at the end of the competition.

Important Months

08 March 2024Submission period
April 2024Selection and evaluation of the papers
May 2024Announcement of the winners

Award ceremony of the fourth edition.

Final papers of the “Research Paper Competition – Fourth Edition”

Technical criteria 

  • Layout: A4
  • Font: Times New Roman
  • Spacing: Single-spaced
  • Font size: 12 pt
  • Margins: 1” at the four sides of the page

The cover page must contain the following elements:

  • University details (Logo, University, Faculty, Department)
  • Student’s details (Name, Surname, Year of studies, Study Program)
  • Field of study and paper theme 


The paper should be divided into: Introduction, Development, Conclusions, and Recommendations.

Each paragraph must have at least one reference. Each page must have no less than 3 references and the referencing method must be the same for the entire paper.


The bibliography should be on a separate page at the end of the paper and is not part of the total word count. The format of the bibliography should be the same as the one used in the paper.

To get more detailed information on the correct referral forms click the link below.

Paper Submission:

Papers will be sent to the following email address. Only those papers submitted before the announced deadline and by the current students of the regional universities, will be accepted in the competition.


All the papers that will pass the second stage of evaluation by the evaluation committee, will receive a Certificate of Participation. This includes any paper that meets the technical criteria and passes the anti-plagiarism filter.

During the time that the call is open, in order to help interested students in participating, CleanScore will organize online meetings with the participation of experienced lecturers in the field of research and publication. Open online events will be held to introduce students to the JSTOR platform.