Grupos de investigación

Young Researcher Innovation Award in Cryosphere Science and Mountain Areas









The Complutense University of Madrid, through its research group of PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY IN HIGH MOUNTAINS (GFAM;, and Guadarrama Monitoring Network (GUMNET; in collaboration with the scientific journal: Cuadernos de Investigación Geográfica / Geographical Research Letters (, opens a call for the "Young Researcher Innovation Award in Cryosphere Science and Mountain Areas".

Traditionally, the academia environment imposes a protocol on the initiation of young researchers, according to the need of using already consolidated approaches within accepted ideas implemented by their senior advisers. This established model ensures their professional consolidation, but it undoubtedly limits and slows down the characteristic creativity of the youth. In fact, some of the most significant scientific advances have been made by young researchers, who break preconceived ideas and open up new horizons, often faced with the opposition of consolidated researchers.

With the purpose of promoting research in mountain areas and cryospheric processes, the Complutense University of Madrid and its GFAM research group, organizes an Award for young researchers working on those topics. Researchers must present an original unpublished work in a research article format, with a strong innovative approach, including new methods and breakthrough ideas that open new research perspectives.

A scientific committee will make a first selection of the works. Those that have been selected will be evaluated by two external reviewers with demonstrated experience in their specific fields. The scientific committee will propose the definitive selection of the awardees and of the papers deserving publication according to the view of the external evaluation. The selected and awarded works will be published in two Special Issues of the journal Cuadernos de Investigación Geográfica / Geographical Research Letters, one including works related to the Cryosphere Science and the other focusing on mountain areas in general.


 Young researchers in the process of presenting their PhD thesis or who have defended it not before January 1, 2014 are encouraged to participate. The papers may be submitted by several authors, but only the first author will participate in the competition. The other authors must sign a form confirming that the first author has led the research work. Each participant must also propose a senior researcher within their study area who will be an external evaluator for other works.


 Research topics should be encompassed in one of the two main fields:

a) Cryosphere Science (glaciology, permafrost, snow cover, frozen soils, glacial and periglacial geomorphology, biological processes in frozen areas, etc).

b) Research on Mountain Areas (meteorology, climatology, tectonics, geomorphology, volcanism, soils, biogeography, torrential dynamics, natural hazards, geoheritage, management issues, territorial planning, etc).


 The manuscripts must be prepared following the format of the journal in terms of length and figure styles (see guidelines at: ( They must be original works and authors must assign their contribution to one of the two thematic areas of the contest. Figures and photos will be published in color. A recommended length for the article should be between 10 and 25 pages, although texts with up to 35 pages plus photos and figures can be accepted. The research articles must be written in English.


The works will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

(a) Innovative character in terms of the originality of the approaches, applied methods, cross-cutting nature and, especially, viability of the results when opening new frontiers in research. Ability to critically evaluate well-established methods with arguments and seek new solutions to traditional methodological limitations.

(b) Quality of the research, where the conclusions are duly supported by the analysis of the information.

(c) Quality in the communication, both in the way of structuring the work, and in the written and graphic language when expressing the process and result of the investigation.


The manuscript will be evaluated in a first selection by the editors of the respective topics, with the help of a scientific committee, until selecting a maximum of 30 works for each of the two thematic areas. The selected works will be sent for evaluation to external referees, with the help of those proposed by the participants. The editors and the scientific committee of each area, in light of the external evaluation, will select the awarded works (up to a total of 17 per subject), and, where appropriate, send the works back to the authors for final corrections.


Each of the thematic areas and, therefore, each Special Issue, will be organized by a group of editors, composed of GFAM members and other external leading experts in the subject. The editors will coordinate the entire process until the final publication of each Special Issue.

Editors of Cryosphere Science Special Issue: David Palacios (Complutense University of Madrid), José M. García-Ruiz (CSIC), Marc Oliva (University of Barcelona), José María Fernández-Fernández (Complutense University of Madrid).

Editors of Research on Mountain Areas Special Issue: Nuria Andrés (Complutense University of Madrid), Amelia Gómez-Villar (University of Leon), Luis Miguel Tanarro (Complutense University of Madrid), Jesús Ruiz-Fernández (University of Oviedo).


Each of the thematic areas will have a scientific committee including world experts in the subject that will assess in the evaluation and selection of the works.



Opening of the call: January 15, 2018

Deadline for submission of papers: OCTOBER 15, 2018

Resolution of the first selection: October 31, 2018

- Rejected works will be returned to the authors

- The accepted papers will be sent to external referees for evaluation.

Resolution of the second evaluation: January 30, 2019

- The rejected works will be returned, suggesting potential improvements on singular topics and recommending other publications.

- The selected works will be sent to the authors, with the required corrections to proceed for publication.

Final presentation of the awarded works: March 30, 2019

Outcome and award announcement: May 1, 2019

Start of the process of editing the works: May 1, 2019


The works will be gradually published online by the journal as they are edited. It is expected that they will be published in paper and in color in 2020.




There will be one prize for each of the two areas. There will be a FIRST AWARD, SECOND AWARD AND THIRD AWARD and 14 HONOUR AWARDS so each Special Issue will have a total of 17 articles, which will make up the corresponding Special Issue. The award and nominations will be announced at newsletters of the GFAM and MOUNTAIN RESEARCH INITIATIVE, INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF GEOMORPHOLOGISTS, INTERNATIONAL GEOGRAPHICAL UNION, INTERNATIONAL PERMAFROST ASSOCIATION.



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The manuscripts must be sent to

where further information can be requested, if necessary



Department of Geography

Faculty of Geography and History

Complutense University of Madrid

Ciudad Universitaria, Madrid 28040, Spain

Phone (34) 913945955








David Palacios


Department of Geography. Complutense University of Madrid, Spain

Research Group of Physical Geography in High Mountains

José M. García-Ruiz

Pyrenean Institute of Ecology -CSIC, Spain

Cuadernos de Investigación Geográfica / Geographical Research Letters Journal

Marc Oliva

Department of Gegraphy. University of Barcelona, Spain.

External Young Researcher

José M. Fernández-Fernández

Department of Geography. Complutense University of Madrid, Spain

Young Researcher, Research Group of Physical Geography in High Mountains






Nuria Andrés


Department of Gegraphy. Complutense University of Madrid, Spain

Research Group of Physical Geography in High Mountains

Amelia Gómez-Villar

Pyrenean Institute of Ecology -CSIC, Spain

Cuadernos de Investigación Geográfica / Geographical Research Letters Journal

Luis M. Tanarro

Department of Gegraphy. Complutense University of Madrid, Spain

Research Group of Physical Geography in High Mountains

Jesús Ruiz- Fernández

Department of Geography. University of Oviedo, Spain.

External Young Researcher

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1. It is necessary to submit an unpublished manuscript in article format.

2. The participant must be a PhD student or have submitted their Thesis after January 1, 2014 (must demonstrate it in some way).

3. The manuscript can be from different authors, but the participant must be the first author and demonstrates that he or she has directed the work (the other authors will be consulted).

4. The participant must present at least one senior researcher who will be a reviewer in the evaluation of other works different from the one of the participant who proposes him/her.

5. The manuscript (text, figures, tables and supplementary material) must be sent to before September 1, 2018.

6. The Editorial Committee will make a first selection among the works and will inform the authors of it.

7. The selected papers will be sent to two referees specialized in the subject for evaluation.

8. In light of this evaluation, the Scientific Committee of Experts will select the awarded works.

9. These awarded works will be published in the special issues of Cuadernos de Investigación Geográfica / Geographical Research Letters Journal

10. The main evaluation criteria in the Award, in addition to scientific rigor, will be the innovative nature of the methodology or results of each work.

The possible participants, who want to solve any doubt related to the Award, do not hesitate communicating with the Editorial Committee by email:


Manuscripts should be written in English. Authors who are not fluent in English should have their manuscript checked by someone proficient in the language. Manuscripts in which the English is difficult to understand may be rejected.




Keep the layout of the text as simple as possible. However, do use bold face, italics, subscripts, superscripts, etc. Divide your article into clearly defined and numbered sections. Subsections should be numbered 1.1. (then 1.1.1., 1.1.2., …), 1.2., etc.

Supply an abstract (300-400 words, followed by a maximum of 5 keywords). Abstracts should precede the main text and are not included in section numbering. In the first page provide the following information: the title of the article, author names and affiliations (including e-mail address), the first author will be the corresponding author. Do not include the illustrations within the text; Figures should incorporate in the pdf, after the main text. After the figures, please include the tables with their corresponding titles at the end of the text, after the reference list. When preparing tables, if you are using a table grid, use only one grid for each individual table and not a grid for each row. Each article should include no more than 10 figures and no more than 6 tables. Illustrations are able to be in colour. Figure captions should be supplied at the end of the text.



All the references cited in the text should be given in the reference list, and vice versa. References should be quoted in the text as name and year within brackets, and should be arranged chronologically.

When more than two authors are referred, the name of the first author should be used, with the addendum et al. At the end of the text references should be listed alphabetically by author´s name, in the following style: Badding, M.E., Briner, J.P., Kaufman, D.S. 2013. 10 Be ages of late Pleistocene deglaciation and Neoglaciation in the north-central Brooks Range, Arctic Alaska. Journal of Quaternary Science 28, 95-102.

French, H.M. 2007. The Periglacial Environment. Third Edition. Wiley, Chichester, 458 pp.

Camuffo, D., Enzi, S. 1995. Reconstructing the climate of northern Italy from archive sources. In: R. Bradley, P.D. Jones P.D. (Eds.), Climate since A.D. 1500. Routledge, London, pp. 143-154.

IDERM 2011. Ortofoto regional del vuelo de 1981. Available at: (last access: 20/06/2011).



Along with the manuscript, the candidate must fill out and submit the SUBMISSION FORMS that can be downloading just below this text





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Mountain hydrology

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González-Rouco, Fidel

Complutense University of  Madrid, Spain

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Complutense University of  Madrid, Spain

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Polytechnic University of Madrid, Spain


Nývlt, Daniel


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Zaragoza University, Spain

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Zaragoza University, Spain

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