Methodology ///

Award Methodology

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:

     
  1. 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.
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  3. 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)
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  5. The World Oil judging team, independently of each other,  read each of the submissions and decide if it:
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    1. Meets the criteria of the category
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    3. Is a technology, product or initiative which is  new in the last twelve months
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    5. How worthy it is of being a finalist
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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.

     
  1. 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.  
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  3. 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.  
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  5. 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