Clinical Radiology Editor vacancy

Are you interested in research in clinical radiology? Can you identify key practice-changing issues on the horizon? Could you lead a team of colleagues across the UK and internationally to commission and select high-profile research papers? If so, why not apply to be the Editor of Clinical Radiology?

As the journal for the Faculty, and the top rated RCR member benefit, making sure that Clinical Radiology is the best it can be is a key priority for the RCR. We are looking to appoint a new Editor who will build on the success of the Journal to date, and who will be able to work towards agreed strategic goals to continuously improve and develop the Journal offering for our members and subscribers around the world.

Not only will the Editor commission articles, editorials and commentaries, they will also work with an engaged Editorial Board to identify topical issues (both now and in the future) to make sure that the Journal content is at the cutting edge of radiology practice. 

Alongside the support of the Editorial Board, the Editor will work closely with an editorial office to keep track of manuscripts and the peer-review process to ensure that authors receive a timely service, and they will be supported by the Marketing and Digital team within the RCR to deliver and develop the journal strategy, making sure that both the educational and profile raising remits are delivered.

Not just for our members!

The Journal is respected around the world, and the content isn’t only relevant to radiologists. As the Editor, you will be expected to identify articles of interest to the wider health and even lay population, working with experienced media professionals drawing out key messages to stimulate discussion of topical radiology issues.  

The role of Editor represents an opportunity to be a real leader in the field – don’t miss your chance to get involved with this hugely rewarding area of RCR work.

What's involved

The Editor-in-Chief of Clinical Radiology has an important role within The Royal College of Radiologists (RCR) in underpinning education and research. The RCR aims to support the Editor-in-Chief in his/her role at all times but recognises the necessity for editorial independence as well as the need for communication with the Faculty of Clinical Radiology to promote the proper operation of the Journal. 

The Editor-in-Chief is responsible for the scientific quality of the Journal, including its improvement and development, and sets a rolling plan for the strategic development of the Journal in agreement with the RCR and in liaison with the Publisher. The Editor-in-Chief ensures a high standard of peer review, commissions new material, including review articles, commentaries and editorials and also defines and refines the Journal’s ethical standards. The Editor-in-Chief ensures that the content is relevant to clinical radiologists and in line with the educational aims of the RCR and oversees publication. The responsibilities of the Editor-in-Chief and the Editorial Board are set out in the Terms of Reference for the Editorial Board.

Principle duties

  • To oversee the publication of a high-quality, high impact factor and readable journal to ensure the editorial content is of the highest quality and to achieve a balance of science and education appropriate to its readership
  • To ensure the scope of subjects for papers covers the appropriate breadth for the Faculty of Clinical Radiology 
  • To develop the journal for its readers, in line with RCR aims
  • To work with the Editorial Board to establish and maintain high standards of manuscript evaluation and peer review for submitted papers
  • To commission new material and work with the Editorial Board to develop the content of the Journal, including original papers, review articles, commentaries, editorials, special issues and virtual special issues
  • To define and implement the journal’s ethical standards, including the principle of editorial independence
  • To define the instructions to support authors wishing to submit to the journal
  • To work with the editorial office to establish and maintain high standards of editorial processing and administration and to ensure strong copy flow
  • To work with the publishers to establish and maintain high standards of copy editing and production
  • Correct publishers’ proofs on schedule
  • Define and implement the policy for appointing an independent Editorial Board to establish and maintain journal policy
  • Appoint high-caliber board members who will contribute to the development of the journal and a high-quality peer-review process
  • Define and implement policies to identify and support journal reviewers
  • Recruit and maintain a sufficient pool of reviewers 
  • To strive to develop strong international representation in the Editorial Board membership and submissions to the journal
  • To provide support and mentorship to the Trainee Board member 
  • To attend two Journal Strategy meetings each year in addition to Editorial Board meetings (currently one per year) 
  • To actively work towards achieving the strategic goals of the journal
  • Engage with the RCR Clinical Radiology Academic Committee and the Roentgen Professor 
  • Identify articles and issues with potential to attract interest from the lay media in an effort to raise the profile of both the Journal and the specialty
  • To act as an ambassador for the Journal.

Time commitment

It is difficult to specify the appropriate fixed and continuous period needed to fulfill all of the Editor’s duties, but a significant time commitment will be required, and the individual should seek the approval of their trust for them to undertake the role. The use of electronic manuscript management means this time can be spread across the week and undertaken at any site. The Editor can also be called upon to assist in the education and training of new editors and in agreed processes to identify new publishers. 

The Editor, the Editorial Board and all main administrative duties associated with Clinical Radiology within the RCR are currently provided, under contract to the RCR, by an editorial office. This contract provides for all office functions, including arrangements for online submission and review. The contract is overseen and regularly reviewed by an RCR senior manager. Arrangements for editorial support will be discussed with the new Editor in Chief. 

Eligibility and term of office

The Editor-in-Chief is a Fellow of the RCR, resident in the United Kingdom who at the time of his or her application is in active clinical practice and holds a current licence to practise and is appointed by the Board of the Faculty of Clinical Radiology.

The Editor-in Chief’s term of office is for four years, and runs from 1 September in the year of appointment. There will be a handover and shadowing period with the current Editor-in-Chief beginning in March 2022. The next Editor-in-Chief will serve for the period September 2022 until 2026. 

Reporting and communication

The Editor will be invited to provide a written report on the Journal for each Faculty Board meeting, outlining its development and wider impact, and to raise any relevant matters for discussion and attend in person at least one meeting of the Clinical Radiology Faculty Board meetings each year to report.

The RCR will ensure that there is always an open channel of communication between the Editor and the RCR. 

The publisher

Clinical Radiology is published by Elsevier Limited, under a contract with the RCR, which currently runs until December 2027. The Publisher of the Journal is responsible for presentation, positioning of the Journal in relation to other products or services, production and fulfilment. 

The journal

Clinical Radiology, the international monthly scientific journal of the Faculty of Clinical Radiology, is currently edited by Dr Mike Weston and has a current ISI Impact Factor of 2.350. Published 12 times a year, Clinical Radiology features a combination of high-quality original research, informative editorials, special issues on state of the arts topics, virtual special issues reflecting on the impact of recent publications in specific areas, podcasts related to recent publications and online journal club webinars. Areas covered include all aspects of human diagnostic and interventional radiology in every radiological special interest, ranging from breast, oncology, radionuclide/PET-CT and artificial intelligence (AI) to all forms of intervention. It is a journal covering all aspects of modern imaging and is international in content and appeal.

Support from and liaison with the College

The Editor in Chief will be expected to work closely with the Marketing Manager on the future strategy of the Journal. Some website and administrative tasks are undertaken by the Marketing team within Directorate of Communications. 

The RCR reimburses direct travel expenses incurred by the Editor. No honorarium or other payments are made to the Editor.

How to apply

Applications should be sent to publications@rcr.ac.uk no later that Sunday 5 December; interviews will be conducted by a panel appointed by the Clinical Radiology Faculty Board.

The appointment will be made by the Faculty Board in February 2022 in preparation for a handover period from March–September 2022, with the appointee taking up the office fully on 1 September 2022.