We are recruiting!

Expanding ctRO’s editorial team


Clinical and Translational Radiation Oncology – ctRO is recruiting an  Assistant Editor to join the Editorial Board. Under the leadership of its inaugural Editors-in-Chief, Professor Pierre Blanchard and Daniel Zips, the journal has grown in size and stature, posting a first CiteScore of 2.8 in 2020. As submissions to the journal continue to increase, we must also ensure we are able to provide an efficient peer review process for authors whilst maintaining our high editorial standards. Applications will be  reviewed by the Editors-in-Chief, who will nominate a candidate for approval by the ESTRO Scientific Council. The Assistant Editor will be formally appointed by ESTRO for an initial term of 2 years, though this may be extended on an annual basis by mutual agreement.

ESTRO will pay you an annual honorarium for your services as Assistant Editor based on achievement of set publication targets. During your tenure as Assistant Editor you will also receive complimentary access to Science Direct and Scopus.

ctRO is an international, peer-reviewed, gold open access journal which encompasses all aspects of clinical and translational radiation oncology research, particularly new developments in experimental radiobiology, clinical interventions and treatments. This includes imaging and biomarker studies with clinical endpoints, as well as research results from data sciences, epidemiology, and oncopolicy.

The journal publishes original research articles, review articles, short communications, technical notes, case series and reports, and correspondence. ctRO is indexed in DOAJ, EMBASE, ESCI, PubMed Central, and SCOPUS (2019 CiteScore 2.8).

ctRO is a member of the European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology’s family of journals and is published by Elsevier on behalf of ESTRO.


Role and Responsibilities

  • The Assistant Editor will be part of an Editorial Leadership Team including the Editors-in-Chief, ESTRO and the Publisher and will undertake a range of operational and strategic duties under their guidance.
  • Your primary role is to be responsible for guiding manuscripts assigned to you in the electronic submission system through the peer review process and making editorial decisions on behalf of the Editors-in-Chief (e.g. revise, reject, accept). This includes ensuring:
    • High scientific standards of accepted manuscripts. Reasonable efforts to ensure that published papers and their authors abide by scientific standards for integrity and objectivity, do not infringe the proprietary rights of others, do not defame others, and do not cause damage or harm to persons or property or to the good reputation of the Journal.
    • High standards of editorial practice. Efficient, timely and confidential coordination of editing, refereeing, submission for production and communications with authors. Ensure conformity with the Editorial Policies. 
  • You will be a member of the Editorial Leadership Team and Editorial Board and will participate in Editors’ meetings and exchanges where possible in person, or via teleconferencing or email communication.
  • In conjunction with the Editorial Board, you may be asked to contribute to guest editorials and source invited commentaries, review articles and guest editorials from key contacts in your geographical region / subject area.
  • You will work alongside the Editors-in-Chief to put into operation agreed Editorial Board strategic plans to maintain and improve journal standards and reputation.
  • You will seek opportunities to promote the journal to potential authors, reviewers and readers within your geographical area and discipline. This may include engaging in author outreach activities at key conferences and events to encourage the submission of high-quality manuscripts from both novice and experienced authors as well as engaging in social media activities for the Journal. This will include helping define and implement the journal’s social media strategy to improve the journal’s visibility and scientific outreach.


Who are we looking for?

  • Applicants may be based anywhere in the world. Specialists with at least 5 years of experience working in radiation oncology are welcome to apply. Applicants should have an MD or PhD (or similar degree), and should be able to demonstrate their impact in the field.
  • Applicants should have experience in writing for publication and a relevant publication record;
  • Experience of peer reviewing for at least one journal;
  • A good understanding of the radiation oncology discipline and its policy and practice;
  • Some understanding of editorial activity, ideally previous editorial board experience.

Apply now!

Applicants should provide a 2-page CV, a short list of publications (1 page highlighting your research impact, citations and metrics) over the last five years and a 1-page covering letter that addresses your suitability for the role based on the following selection criteria:

  • Current involvement in research and research supervision
  • Editorial and peer review experience
  • Nominated area(s) of academic expertise
  • A brief description of one strategic initiative that you could implement as an Assistant Editor to improve ctRO. This should include a summary of what you would do and what it would achieve.

Applications should address these criteria and be sent by email to ctro@elsevier.com by 30th April 2021.

Enquiries may be made directly to: ctro@elsevier.com

The successful applicant will agree not to perform simultaneous editorial activities for any other scientific journal which may reasonably be considered as being in competition with the Journal. They should not be currently appointed as an Editor or Deputy/Associate or Assistant Editor for other related Journals, or should be willing to step down from such a position on appointment as Assistant Editor of ctRO.