Gulf Publishing Company takes the judging of the World Oil Awards to be a serious matter. In the interests of transparency the methodology is detailed below:
- World Oil Awards ‘call for award nominations’ is published as an advertisement for three months. E-mail alerts are also sent out. The nomination deadline is around the middle of July, the exact date depends on how the calendar year falls.
- The award nominations that come in are sorted into their award category. A staff member passes the sorted category nominations to the first stage World Oil judging team of Kurt Abraham (Executive Editor) and Ron Higgins (Publisher)
- The World Oil judging team, independently of each other, read each of the submissions and decide if it:
- Meets the criteria of the category
- Is a technology, product or initiative which is new in the last twelve months
- How worthy it is of being a finalist
The World Oil judging team grades each submission 1 to 10 (with 10 being the most suitable for the finalist list). The first stage judges pass on the top five nominations for each category, unless the total nominations exceed 15, in which case six go on to the second stage. If there are less than five entries all nominations go on to the second stage of judging.
While the World Oil judging team is making the finalist selections, an e-mail goes out to the advisory board (the second stage judges) asking them to select which award category(ies) they are able to judge. A board member cannot judge a category in which their employer is a finalist.
- The Advisory board members are industry experts from the field and academia. A staff member sends a packet of the finalist selections to each advisory board member for each award category they have selected to judge.
- With attention to confidentiality, the awards submissions are returned rated 1 to 10 and a staff member sorts the information, notes the winners and prepares the information for the Gala dinner and supplement.
- In the unlikely event of a tie following the second stage of judging, the tie will be broken by an impartial industry expert on the World Oil staff or contributing editorial board.
To protect the impartiality of the advisory board members who judge the final winners, their names have been removed from the World Oil website