Best Paper Award

Actuators Best Paper Award is granted annually to highlight publications of high quality, scientific significance, and extensive influence. The evaluation committee members choose 3 articles of exceptional quality that were published in the journal the year before the previous year and announce them online by the end of May.

The Prize:
– 2 research articles and 1 review will be selected.
– Each winner will receive CHF 500, a certificate, and a free voucher for article processing fees valid for one year.

Actuators Best Paper Award
Winner announcement: 30 June 2025

Eligibility and Requirements

– All papers published in the Actuators will be eligible (Both regular and Special Issue submissions).

Selection Criteria

– Scientific merit and broad impact;
– Originality of the research objectives and/or the ideas presented;
– Creativity of the study design or uniqueness of the approaches and concepts;
– Clarity of presentation;
– Citations and downloads.

Past Winners


24 pages, 5966 KiB  
Applications of Magnetorheological Fluid Actuator to Multi-DOF Systems: State-of-the-Art from 2015 to 2021
by Jong-Seok Oh, Jung Woo Sohn and Seung-Bok Choi
Actuators 2022, 11(2), 44; - 1 Feb 2022
25 pages, 10428 KiB  
Whirl Tower Demonstration of an SMA Blade Twist System
by Salvatore Ameduri, Monica Ciminello, Antonio Concilio, Ignazio Dimino, Bernardino Galasso, Mariano Guida, Marco Fabio Miceli, Johannes Riemenschneider, Steffen Kalow, Jannis Luebker and Benjamin King Sutton Woods
Actuators 2022, 11(6), 141; - 25 May 2022

Award Committee

Prof. Kenji Uchino Chairman
The Penn State University
Prof. Dr. Zhuming Bi
Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne
Prof. Guang-Hong Yang
Northeastern University
Prof. Jose-luis Sanchez-rojas
ETSI Industriales


26 pages, 62480 KiB  
Soft Exoskeletons: Development, Requirements, and Challenges of the Last Decade
by Alan Francisco Pérez Vidal, Jesse Yoe Rumbo Morales, Gerardo Ortiz Torres, Felipe de Jesús Sorcia Vázquez, Alan Cruz Rojas, Jorge Aurelio Brizuela Mendoza and Julio César Rodríguez Cerda
Actuators 2021, 10(7), 166; - 19 Jul 2021
17 pages, 25523 KiB  
Design of a 2DoF Ankle Exoskeleton with a Polycentric Structure and a Bi-Directional Tendon-Driven Actuator Controlled Using a PID Neural Network
by Taehoon Lee, Inwoo Kim and Yoon Su Baek
Actuators 2021, 10(1), 9; - 4 Jan 2021
11 pages, 3777 KiB  
Haptic Interface with Twin-Driven MR Fluid Actuator for Teleoperation Endoscopic Surgery System
by Takehito Kikuchi, Tetsumasa Takano, Akinori Yamaguchi, Asaka Ikeda and Isao Abe
Actuators 2021, 10(10), 245; - 23 Sep 2021


Giulia Scalet
University of Pavia
Leonardo Acho
Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC)
Marco Fontana
University of Trento


Gary M. Bone
Department of Mechanical Engineering, McMaster University, 1280 Main St. W., Hamilton, ON L8S 4L8, Canada
Changhai Wang
Institute of Sensors, Signals and Systems, School of Engineering and Physical Sciences, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh EH14 4AS, UK
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