First Ever ROI Publication Awards
The Radiation Oncology Institute (ROI) has partnered with the journal Advances in Radiation Oncology to sponsor ROI’s first ever Publication Awards. ROI seeks full-length manuscripts about 3,500 words in length on research focused on the value of radiation therapy, evaluating the effectiveness, complication profile, cost and cost-effectiveness of various radiation therapy treatments, as well as the comparative effectiveness when compared to other therapies. This research informs patients and providers with practical knowledge about which specific interventions within radiation oncology are most effective for specific clinical situations and patient populations.
The 10 highest quality manuscripts as determined by the ROI Research Committee will receive an award and be published in a special themed issue of Advances in Radiation Oncology, ASTRO’s open access journal. Recipients of the ROI Publication Awards will have their open access article processing fee paid for directly by ROI – a value of $2,000. Article submissions to be considered for the ROI Publication Awards are due by Wednesday, March 15, 2017. Articles should follow the word limits and other criteria for articles established in the Advances in Radiation Oncology Call for Papers and Guide for Authors.
ROI Outstanding Article Award
The ROI will select one research article in the sponsored themed issue to receive a $5,000 research grant to support ongoing investigation to build on the published work by that research team. The winner of the Outstanding Article Award as judged by the ROI Research Committee and Board will also be recognized at ASTRO’s 2017 Annual Meeting in San Diego.
ROI Excellence Awards
The ROI will recognize the nine other articles selected for inclusion in the sponsored themed issue by the ROI Research Committee and ROI Board with a Certificate of Excellence. They will also be recognized at ASTRO’s 2017 Annual Meeting in San Diego.
ROI Outreach Award
Authors of the articles published in the sponsored themed issue will be encouraged to use social media to share their work after it is published in September 2017. ROI will recognize the author who has the highest Altmetric score as of October 31, 2017 with a $500 mini-grant to build upon the work they published in the themed issue.
General Selection Criteria
Manuscripts submitted for consideration for the ROI Publication Awards will be considered on several criteria based on scientific and technical merit. An article does not need to be equally strong in all categories to be judged likely to have major scientific impact.
- Overall Impact: Likelihood for the research to exert a sustained, powerful influence on the field of radiation oncology.
- Significance/Importance: Does the research address an important problem or a critical barrier to progress in the field? How does it improve scientific knowledge, technical capability and/or clinical practice? How does the research change the concepts, methods, technologies, treatments, services or preventative interventions that drive this field?
The manuscript must address how the research is useful to the broader radiation oncology community as well as future directions for the research.
- Approach: Were the overall strategy, methodology and analyses well-reasoned and appropriate to accomplish the specific aims of the research? Are the problems, alternative strategies and benchmarks for success presented?
- Innovation: Does the research challenge and seek to shift current research or clinical practice paradigms by utilizing novel theoretical concepts, approaches or methodologies, instrumentation, or interventions? Are the concepts, approaches or methodologies, instrumentation, or interventions novel to one field of research or novel in a broad sense? Is a refinement, improvement, or new application of theoretical concepts, approaches or methodologies, instrumentation, or interventions reported?
- Topic: Is the research focused on the value of radiation therapy, evaluating the effectiveness, complication profile, cost and cost-effectiveness of various radiation therapy treatments, and/or the comparative effectiveness when compared to other therapies? Does the research examine the impact of access, use, quality, outcomes or cost of radiation therapy compared to other treatments for any of the following: patients, providers, facility and health care system structuring, the structure and capacity of cancer treatment delivery, insurance plan benefit designs, accountable care organizations, medical homes and other insurance instruments?
- Qualified individuals from institutions and organizations in the radiation oncology (RO) community.
- Individuals from institutions and organizations of the non-RO community who possess necessary qualifications for specified research.
- Manuscripts from research consortia.
Use of Outstanding Article Award and Outreach Award Grant Funds
Funds may be used to support project staff salaries and benefits, consultant fees, data management, supplies and other direct expenses. Equipment purchases are allowed with sufficient justification.
Investigators receiving grant funds in conjunction with the ROI Publication Awards must submit a brief report to ROI on how the funds were used.
ROI Publication Award Selection Process
- Each manuscript will be evaluated by at least two qualified ROI reviewers following the standard peer review process for all manuscripts submitted to Advances in Radiation Oncology.
- No individual who is an author on a manuscript submitted in response to this call for papers may participate in the selection process for determining the ROI Publication Awards.
- No reviewer or editor selected by Advances in Radiation Oncology to peer review the paper will be from the same institution as the author(s).
- Manuscripts from the same institution or organization will not be evaluated by members of the ROI Board of Trustees or the ROI Research Committee from that institution or organization.
Authors of articles that are not selected as one of the top 10 research articles for the ROI-sponsored themed issue but pass peer review by the Advances editorial board will be given the option to publish in a future issue of Advances that would require payment of a $1,500 article processing fee for publication or to withdraw their paper for consideration by Advances.
About Advances in Radiation Oncology
Advances in Radiation Oncology is a wide-ranging open access journal publishing both full-length articles and brief reports. As the sister publication to the International Journal of Radiation Oncology • Biology • Physics and Practical Radiation Oncology, Advances complements the research in those two journals.
Advances is a gold open access journal, allowing authors, readers and patients to have free access to all articles. Authors retain copyright of their articles, and reuse is governed under a Creative Commons license so that readers can freely and easily share information. All work published by this journal is thoroughly peer reviewed by the editorial board and expert reviewers in radiation oncology.