Research Article of the Year Award

Sponsored by Wolters Kluwer

Award Application Window: April 15–August 16, 2020 at 6 p.m. (Central Time)

The Research Article of the Year Award recognizes the importance of the written word in promoting the goals of the American Heart Association (AHA) and cardiovascular and stroke nursing; encourages the dissemination of cardiovascular nursing science; and applauds the author(s) for clearly communicating the nursing perspective in the context of cardiovascular research, practice and theory.

Award Recipients

  • 2020 James Muchira, PhD, MSN

Eligibility Criteria

  • The candidate must be a cardiovascular nurse and the first author of the article.
  • The candidate must be a member of the Council of Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing at the time of nomination. Those needing to join the AHA should do so by May 30.
  • Candidates may be self-nominated or nominated by others.
  • Nominations will require the submission of research articles that clearly relate to the goals of the American Heart Association and cardiovascular nursing.
  • Submitted articles must be peer-reviewed and published. For 2020 submissions only, “Articles in Press” will be accepted.

Evaluation Criteria

Evaluation Criteria Submitted articles will be evaluated on:

  • Scientific merit
  • Sound research design
  • Rigorous, valid, sensitive, reliable and feasible methodology
  • Originality, significance, timeliness
  • Potential to contribute to cardiovascular knowledge, practice and future research
  • Logical development and linkage of ideas
  • Clear expression of ideas

How to Apply/Required Documents

Electronic submission through the Council Awards Application System is required. Hard copies of any part of the application cannot be accepted.

The application file (filled out on the nominee’s behalf) should contain the following documents in PDF format:

  • Cover letter of application or nomination
  • Published article reprint for consideration or, if not available, “Articles in Press”
  • Curriculum vitae, including bibliography

Visit the Council Awards & Fellowships Application System to complete an application.

A username and password previously set up through online profile registration at Professional Heart Daily will be necessary to access the Application System. If you have not created an online profile yet, please visit Professional Heart Daily to create an online member profile before accessing the Council Awards Application System. AHA Professional Members who are creating an online profile for the first time should make sure to register using their AHA member identification numbers.

AHA Professional Membership is required of all applicants for this award. If you are joining the AHA to apply, please wait on your AHA member account number to arrive from AHA Member Services via e-mail before creating an online profile and starting your application file. We suggest that new members join the AHA no later than May 30 for the member account number to be processed and delivered in time for the application deadline.


The winner will be recognized at the annual dinner of the Council on Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing held during AHA's Scientific Sessions in November. The winner will receive:

  • $500 honorarium
  • Engraved plaque
  • Complimentary council dinner ticket, plus recognition and presentation of the plaque at the council dinner
  • Complimentary registration to Scientific Sessions



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