The MEL Editor's Choice Award is selected annually by the Editor, to acknowledge certain aspects of scientific publishing of great importance to MEL. These include direct applicability of research results; readership impact of abstract and conclusions; paper structure; succinctness; and command of the English language. The winner(s) receives a certificate and a token prize of €100. The Award is not based on peer review results, which are equally rigorous for all MEL papers. Prospective authors are advised to keep these aspects in mind while drafting their papers.

The 2017 Editor's Choice Award goes to the paper ‘The effects of financial incentives on vessel speed reduction: Evidence from the Port of Long Beach Green Flag Incentive Program’, by Celeste Ahl (Alston & Bird LLP, Los Angeles, USA), Elaine Frey (California State University, Long Beach, USA) and Seiji Steimetz (California State University, Long Beach, USA). The paper can be viewed here.