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Red Journal: Instructions for Authors

Submission Information

This page contains information specific to Red Journal article types. For the full submission instructions, please visit the ASTRO Journals Author Instructions page.

To submit your manuscript, please use our online submission system.

For questions regarding submissions, please email the editorial office at redjournal@astro.org


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Scope

The International Journal of Radiation Oncology●Biology●Physics (IJROBP), known in the field as the Red Journal, publishes original laboratory and clinical investigations related to radiation oncology, radiation biology, medical physics and both education and health policy as it relates to the field. For more information on the scope of the Red Journal, please visit our Aims and Scope page.

For more information about the scope of all three ASTRO journals, please see our scope document.


Submission Checklist

Title Page Template

ASTRO provides a checklist and title page template to help facilitate new submissions and revisions.


Article Types and Guidelines

Scientific Articles (Full-Length Articles)

  • Manuscript ≤ 5000 words, tables and figures ≤ 6, references ≤ 50
  • Required Elements:
    • Title page
    • Abstract ( ≤ 300 words)
    • Anonymized manuscript
    • References
    • Figure captions if figures are present
    • Uniform disclosure forms (1 for each author)
    • Data Sharing Statement
  • Original laboratory and clinical investigations related to radiation oncology, radiation biology, and medical physics. Submissions are thoroughly reviewed for scientific originality, significance, relevance, and priority, and the topics must be of broad interest to the journal's readers. The Red Journal accepts high-priority manuscripts that report cutting-edge science and that promise to have a strong impact on clinical practice.

Scientific Letters

  • Manuscript ≤ 1500 words, tables and figures ≤ 6, references ≤ 20
  • Required Elements:
    • Title page
    • Abstract ( ≤ 300 words)
    • Anonymized manuscript
    • References
    • Figure captions if figures are present
    • Uniform disclosure forms (1 for each author)
    • Data Sharing Statement
  • Like Scientific Articles, Scientific Letters focus on original laboratory and clinical investigations. They are short scientific papers and may vary widely in scope; for example, they may be more preliminary than full-length articles.

Critical Reviews

  • Manuscript ≤ 6000 words, tables and figures ≤ 10

  • Required Elements:
    • Title page
    • Abstract ( ≤ 300 words)
    • Anonymized manuscript
    • References
    • Figure captions if figures are present
    • Uniform disclosure forms (1 for each author)
  • Contributions from experts in the field exploring interesting topics.

Editorials

  • Manuscript ≤ 1500 words, tables and figures ≤ 6, references ≤ 10
  • Required Elements:
    • Title page
    • Manuscript
    • References
    • Figure captions if figures are present
    • Uniform disclosure forms (1 for each author)
  • Brief commentary, analysis, or opinion pieces about a published article or other topic of special interest.

Brief Opinions

  • Manuscript ≤ 500 words, tables and figures ≤ 1
  • Required Elements:
    • Title page
    • Anonymized manuscript
    • References
    • Figure captions if figures are present
    • Uniform disclosure forms (1 for each author)
  • Opinion on scientific, educational or policy issues

Comments

  • Manuscript ≤ 400 words, tables and figures ≤ 1, references ≤ 10
  • Required Elements:
    • Title page
    • Manuscript
    • References
    • Figure captions if figures are present
    • Uniform disclosure forms (1 for each author)
  • Comments are letters to the editor that remark on work published in the Red Journal and participate in discussion with the authors. Please do not anonymize comments as the authors of the original work will be invited to respond before publication.

Replies to Comments

  • Manuscript ≤ 400 words, tables and figures ≤ 1, references ≤ 10
  • Required Elements:
    • Title page
    • Manuscript
    • References
    • Figure captions if figures are present
    • Uniform disclosure forms (1 for each author)

Gray Zone Cases

  • Manuscript ≤ 250 words, tables and figures ≤ 2, references ≤ 2
  • Required Elements:
    • Title page
    • Manuscript
    • References
    • Figure captions if figures are present
    • Uniform disclosure forms (1 for each author)
  • The goal of this series is to initiate discussion about controversial but instructive clinical scenarios. These are typically short vignettes explaining a clinical problem, ideally presenting a correlated figure, and asking 1-4 questions to a set of invited experts. A case may be submitted by 1 or 2 authors only. Up to 5 experts may be suggested as possible respondents. Please be aware that accepted cases may be edited prior to publication to clarify the subject matter or highlight aspects of interest. Please view our Gray Zone collection for a list of previously published cases.
  • Interested authors should submit a proposal to our Gray Zone editor. Submitting a proposal allows the Red Journal to identify ideal cases and to alert authors prior to submission if a similar case has already been submitted or published. This process is informal and is not a commitment to submit the case to the Red Journal, nor does it constitute a guarantee of acceptance following a favorable reception through this process.

Gray Zone Expert Opinions (Invited)

  • Manuscript ≤ 250 words, tables and figures ≤ 2, references ≤ 2

  • Required Elements:
    • Title page
    • Manuscript
    • References
    • Figure captions if figures are present
    • Uniform disclosure forms (1 for each author)
  • In these short articles, experts in certain areas offer their answers to case questions submitted to the Gray Zone. Answers to the questions from the case should be specific as possible. Expert opinion submissions are limited to 1 or 2 authors only. Although these are invited articles, the editors may decline to publish answers that are overly similar to other answers or not in line with the journal's policies.

Around the Globe

  • Manuscript ≤ 3500 words, tables and figures ≤ 6, references ≤ 50
  • Required Elements:
    • Title page
    • Abstract ( ≤ 300 words)
    • Manuscript
    • References
    • Figure captions if figures are present
    • Uniform disclosure forms (1 for each author)
  • These articles are usually, but not always, commissioned by the Editor-in-Chief. They describe the nature of health care in an individual nation and the unique and distinguishing influence of local culture, training, and economics on the practice of radiation oncology.

Cover Images

  • Manuscript ≤ 400 words (200 about the work, 200 about the artist)
  • Required Elements:
    • Title page
    • Manuscript
    • Image
    • References
    • Uniform disclosure forms (1 for each author)
  • The Red Journal welcomes interesting images and original artwork by people within the radiation oncology community.

Errata

  • Manuscript ≤ 200 words, tables and figures ≤ 1, references ≤ 5
  • Required Elements:
    • Title page
    • Manuscript
    • References
    • Figure captions if figures are present
  • Authors are encouraged to report errors in their work to correct the literature. Errata are published in the printed journal and linked back to the original manuscript electronically. The Editor-in-Chief makes all decisions on whether errata are published.

Obituaries

  • Manuscript ≤ 1500 words, tables and figures ≤ 1, references ≤ 10
  • Required Elements:
    • Title page
    • Manuscript
    • References
    • Figure captions if figures are present
    • Uniform disclosure forms (1 for each author)
  • A biographical and research contribution retrospective may be solicited by the Editor-in-Chief; however, outside submissions are welcome, preferably with photographs. The Editor-in-Chief, as well as the Red Journal Senior Editors, will determine acceptability of these submissions, as they will not be sent out for review.

Revisions

Revisions must include the following elements:

  • Detailed Response to Reviewers (anonymized)
  • Marked version of the revised manuscript (tracked changes preferred)
  • Clean version of the revised manuscript
  • Clean versions of supporting documents

Please do not include:

  • Identifying information on the Detailed Response to Reviewers document
  • The original, unrevised manuscript document
  • Marked version only of all supporting documents (tables, figures, supplemental files)