Vol. XXXIV, No. 2 August, 2001

Annual Report - Radiation Research

Sara Rockwell, Editor-in-Chief

Presented at the 143rd Council Meeting

Radiation Research Society

San Juan, Puerto Rico

April 21, 2001


Editorial Office Activities

January 1, 2000 through December 31, 2000

Number of new manuscripts received: 303

U.S. 121 (39.9%)

Non-U.S. 182 (60.1%)


Countries from which new manuscripts were received:

Argentina 1 Germany 21 Portugal 1
Australia 2 Hong Kong 1 Russia 2
Belarus 1 India 5 South Africa 2
Belgium 4 Ireland 3 Spain 6
Bulgaria 1 Israel 3 Sweden 5
Canada 18 Italy 5 Switzerland 5
China 1 Japan 29 Taiwan 4
Czech Republic 2 Korea 7 Turkey 3
Egypt 3 Mexico 2 Ukraine 1
Estonia 1 Netherlands 5 United Kingdom 16
Finland 2 Norway 3 Uruguay 1
France 12 Poland 3 Yugoslavia 1


Comparison with prior years:

  1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000
New manuscripts received 296 318 274 314 377 303
Percentage from U.S. 51 50 52 45.5 41.4 39.9
Manuscripts published 175 174 173 172 197 188
Rapid Communications 1 5 2 2 3 1
Commentaries 2 1 2 2 3 2
Letters to the Editor 19 19 9 12 13 6
Book reviews 8 17 9 6 4 4
Extended abstracts/meeting reports 2 1 4 3 2 4
Supplements/special issues 0 0 1 1 1 1
Number of pages published 1452 1498 1534 1578 1622 1612


Editor’s Report

The major change in the operation of the Journal during the past year was the transition of the Editor-in-Chief’s responsibilities from John Ward at UCSD to Sara Rockwell at Yale. This transition occurred gradually over the fall of 2000 and was completed on December 31, 2000. The transition occurred relatively smoothly, thanks to the help and advice received from many people. I would like to thank these people for their extra efforts on behalf of the Journal during this transition. I would especially like to thank Martha Edington and Judy Fye in the Managing Editor’s Office at Oak Ridge and my administrative assistant Bettina Harris, who have been amazingly patient and helpful as I have tried to learn the ropes of this new job. I would also like to thank the two previous Editors-in-Chief, John Ward and Michael Fry, for their advice and counsel and for their help in the day to day decisions and tasks that sometimes seemed quite daunting. I would also like to thank the Transition Committee, chaired by Bill Bernhard, the members of the Radiation Research Society Council, and Lise Swanson and her staff at RSNA for all of the help they have given us during this transition. I also want to thank the members of the editorial board, who have been generous with their time and their advice.

The current members of the editorial board are listed below. The board now includes four Senior Editors, with expertise in different areas of science, who help with problems and serve as advisors on questions of journal operations, as well as 25 Associate Editors and 2 Consultant Statisticians.

Editorial Board

Senior Editors

R. J. Michael Fry, Consultant

John E. Moulder, Medical College of Wisconsin

Susan S. Wallace, University of Vermont

John F. Ward, University of California, San Diego


Associate Editors


Michael N. Cornforth, University of Texas Medical Branch

Amato J. Giaccia, Stanford University Medical Center

John W. Hopewell, University of Oxford

Bruce F. Kimler, University of Kansas

Steven A. Leadon, University of North Carolina*

Shirley Lehnert, McGill University, Montreal

Fiona A. Stewart, Netherlands Cancer Institute


Kathryn D. Held, Massachusetts General Hospital

Yoke Wah Kow, Emory University

Jay A. LaVerne, University of Notre Dame

Steven G. Swarts, Wake Forest University


John L. Humm, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

Herwig G. Paretzke, GSF Institüt Für Strahlenschutz, Neuherberg

Marilyn Stovall, UT M. D. Anderson Cancer Center


David M. Brizel, Duke University Medical Center

Susan J. Knox, Stanford University Medical Center

Roger M. Macklis, The Cleveland Clinic Foundation

Simon N. Powell, Massachusetts General Hospital


William C. Dewey, University of California, San Francisco

Bruce E. Lehnert, Los Alamos National Laboratory

Ronald E. J. Mitchel, Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd., Chalk River

David Murray, Cross Cancer Institute, Edmonton

Ohtsura Niwa, Kyoto University

Elaine Ron, National Cancer Institute

Vijayalaxmi, University of Texas Health Sciences Center


Consultant Statisticians

Edward L. Frome, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Max D. Morris, University of Iowa


*Term ends June 30, 2001. Amy Kronenberg of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory will begin her term as an Associate Editor on July 1, 2001.


We continue to be pleased with our relationship with Allen Press and with and the performance of their staff. The Allen employees who handle the many tasks that lead to the timely production and distribution of the journal are well-trained, knowledgeable, service-oriented individuals who provide excellent support. Their assistance has been doubly valuable during the past year as we have prepared for the initiation of the electronic publication of the journal through BioOne.

Electronic Publication Through BioOne

The options for electronic publication were discussed at length during the past year by the Electronic Publication Committee. This committee was chaired by Bill Bernhard and composed of John Ward, Martha Edington, Liz Travis, Jay LaVerne, and Jim Raleigh, with Sara Rockwell added after being named as incoming Editor-in-Chief. In June, this committee recommended to Council that Radiation Research join the BioOne consortium. Council voted to approve this plan. The involvement of the American Institute of Biological Sciences (of which the Society is a member) and Allen Press (the publisher of the Journal) were major considerations in the decision to initiate electronic publication in this manner, as were the flexibility offered by this consortium, the ease of entering into electronic publication through this mechanism, and considerations of cost.

The Journal and Allen Press have moved toward this goal, and the electronic version of the Journal is now available in a testing phase at www.bioone.org. Our participation in BioOne makes the full text of all articles in Radiation Research available to those whose institutions subscribe to this consortium, increasing the visibility and availability of the articles published in Radiation Research. BioOne will also crosslink references to and from PubMed, CrossRef, JSTOR, and Cambridge Abstract Service.

Status of the Journal

The scientific stature of the Journal continued to be high. ISI ranks the impact factor of the Journal among the top 10% of those for all ~5500 scientific journals in its database, as well as in the top 10 among the 78 journals in their Radiology, Nuclear Medicine and Medical Imaging category.

The journal finances remained strong, although this is an area that will continue to need close monitoring. In 2000, institutional subscriptions reflected a loss of some past subscriptions, but this was offset by the gain of new institutional subscribers, so that the net decrease in institutional subscribers was small (3%). This reflects the marketing campaign that was performed for the Journal by Allen Press in the fall of 1999 and the inclusion of the Journal in Allen’s Buyer’s Guides. Institutional and personal subscriptions must be closely monitored as the paper and electronic publication of biomedical journals changes. The ongoing evolution of biomedical publication will undoubtedly impact both the income and the expenses of the Journal. Advertising has become an increasing source of revenue for the Journal. Nine paid advertisements appeared last year. This will increase this year, in large part because of Judy Fye’s activities in this area and the rate cards prepared by Allen Press for use in the Journal’s media kits; 13 advertisements have already been sold in 2001.

Web Site

The Society web site, rrsOnline (http://www.radres.org), is hosted by Allen Press and is maintained by the Managing Editor, Martha Edington. The website has been enriched over the past year to provide more information on the annual meeting, more news about the Society and its members, links to useful research and information databases, and links to the web sites of related societies, academic institutions, and organizations.

Features in the Journal

In addition to regular articles, short communications, and rapid communications, Radiation Research continues to publish commentaries and letters to the editor. In 2000, the journal also published six invited review articles, 1 guest editorial, 4 book reviews, and 4 memorials. In addition, we published the extended abstracts from the Fourth International Workshop: Microbeam Probes of Cellular Radiation Response (February) and The American Statistical Association 2000 Conference on Radiation and Health (December). We also published an overview of and papers from the meeting Prediction of Tumor Response to Therapy: Molecular Markers and the Microenvironment (August and December) and a report on the meeting Cellular Commitment to Radiation-Induced Apoptosis (March). In May the Journal published a supplement presenting papers from the Electric and Magnetic Fields Research and Public Information Dissemination (EMF-RAPID) Program.

The Journal will continue with all of these activities. I urge the members of the Society to support their Journal by submitting their best research papers to Radiation Research. The Journal can reflect the full spectrum of interests of the Society members and the high standards of the Society only if it receives papers from members in all areas of the Radiation Sciences. I also welcome suggestions for review articles, invited articles and special features that will increase the value of the Journal to the Society members.


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