Announcing the 2021 Best Paper Award and Honorable Mention

Together with the Editorial Board of the Journal of Mechanisms and Robotics (JMR), I am pleased to announce the winner of the journal’s 2021 Best Paper Award:

P. Reinier Kuppens, Miguel A. Bessa, Just L. Herder, and Jonathan B. Hopkins, “Compliant Mechanisms That Use Static Balancing to Achieve Dramatically Different States of Stiffness,” ASME J. Mechanisms Robotics, April 2021; 13(2): 021010.

The 2021 Best Paper Award is given to the paper recognized by the Editor and Editorial Board for its outstanding contribution to the field of mechanisms and robotics published by JMR in 2021. The prize includes a wall plaque for each author and will be announced in the journal, on JMR’s companion website (, and through the journal’s online social media channels.

We would also like to acknowledge the meritorious contribution of the following paper, which was awarded an Honorable Mention certificate:

Zeeshan Qaiser and Shane Johnson, “Generalized Spiral Spring: A Bioinspired Tunable Stiffness Mechanism for Linear Response With High Resolution,” ASME J. Mechanisms Robotics, February 2021; 13(1): 011007.

JMR would like to congratulate each of the awarded authors and thank all submitting authors for their contributions to the journal in 2021. The ongoing submission of your work is critical to keeping our community apprised of the latest research and maintaining the high quality of our publication.

Finally, I would like to express my gratitude to the members of the Awards Committee for their diligent and conscientious work in reviewing and evaluating the nominated papers: Shaoping Bai, Clément Gosselin, and Andrew Murray.

Venkat Krovi


Journal of Mechanisms and Robotics