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ASTRO seeks Editor-in-Chief for Practical Radiation Oncology (PRO)

Application deadline: July 1, 2019
Interested individuals should submit an application package that includes: 

  • Current curriculum vitae.
  • Letter of interest that includes candidate's experience and qualifications, vision statement for the journal and how candidate will accommodate the time demands (15-20 hours per week) of the position. 
  • Three letters of recommendation, including one from the candidate's chair or senior partner, stating why the candidate would be ideal for this position. 
  • Completed Statement of Disclosure (www.astro.org/disclosures). 
Send completed application materials to JournalEditor@astro.org

Editor-in-Chief position description

The Editor-in-Chief is the principal architect of the scientific content in the journal. An ideal candidate will be an active researcher, well-known and well-regarded in their discipline and should be comfortable proactively soliciting the best science from the best researchers for publication in the journal. Working with their editorial board and ASTRO staff, the EIC is also the arbiter of journal content.

Term commitment

The incoming EIC will serve a 5-year term with the possibility of a one-time extension (subject to Board approval). Typically, the EIC will dedicate approximately 15-20 hours per week to the journal.

In addition to overseeing all journal content and ensuring timely publication of all issues, the EIC will:

Act as an ambassador to the radiation oncology community

The EIC will be the public voice of the journal and will exercise that voice through appearances on behalf of the journal, through editorials and through interactions with researchers and the public. The EIC will:

  • actively promote the journal;
  • actively solicit manuscripts from leading practitioners in order to facilitate the publication of breakthrough and innovative science;
  • work with ASTRO staff, leadership, journal editors and ASTRO members to elevate the reputation of the journal;
  • participate in panels or other public discussions in their role as EIC; and
  • work in conjunction with ASTRO staff to create outreach goals (from which ASTRO staff will develop and execute a plan) to attract authors, increase readership and help promote the value of the journal.

Set the strategy for the journal

The EIC monitors competitor journals and assures that the journal is state of the art in terms of science and works with staff to initiate new features, new article types and original editorial content. The EIC works in collaboration with ASTRO staff and journal editors to set short- and long-term goals, objectives and strategies for the journal. Typical items to be examined include the nature and scope of the journal, features and enhancements, changes in the author community, editorial timeliness and enhancements to the journal website. The EIC will present major proposed changes to the ASTRO Board of Directors for discussion and approval at each annual meeting.

Lead the editor selection process

The EIC consults with ASTRO journal editors regarding composition and evaluation of the editorial board.

Assign and balance review workload

The EIC will work with ASTRO staff and the submission and peer review system to assign manuscripts to editors with the appropriate expertise and monitor the workload of senior and associate editors. Additionally, the EIC will conduct a cursory review of all incoming manuscripts, identifying manuscripts that are not within scope, and may decline manuscripts without inviting peer review. Other editors may decline manuscripts within their specialty area without inviting peer review. The EIC will ensure that editors understand the need to balance efficient turnaround with thorough and accurate peer review and will work with editors to achieve those objectives.

Uphold publication ethics

The EIC upholds the ethics and conflict of interest best practices and works to resolve questions of ethics in publishing in the journal. Ethical violations may involve, but are not limited to, copyright violations, republishing, plagiarizing (including self-plagiarizing), falsification of data or results, misattribution of authors or misattribution of citations. The EIC, in consultation with ASTRO staff, will determine whether violations are of a sufficiently serious nature to be forwarded to an appropriate body for investigation of scientific misconduct.

Review and contribute to periodic journal reports

The EIC, in partnership with ASTRO staff, will contribute to the preparation and review of periodic journal updates and will present the state of the journal to ASTRO’s Board of Directors at the ASTRO Annual Meeting.

Conduct and attend meetings

The EIC will lead an annual editorial board meeting in conjunction with the ASTRO Annual Meeting. The EIC will facilitate discussion about the direction of the journal, ideas for improvement, technology and other innovations, and make recommendations for creating a positive impact on all facets of the journal. The EIC may attend other meetings as requested by ASTRO.

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