Nominations for the 2018 Radiation Oncology Institute (ROI) Publication Award are due in less than one month, and the competition is intensifying as more manuscripts are submitted for consideration. The ROI is looking forward to recognizing the very best scientific work in one of its priority research areas: communication, safety and quality, toxicity management, comparative effectiveness and value. Research on these topics is essential to ensuring the future of radiation oncology, and it is promising to see so much high-quality work in these critical areas.
The ROI has established the Publication Award as a new way to encourage, recognize and support research that addresses the practical needs of radiation oncology in the changing health care landscape. The field needs more of this type of research to build a body of evidence to help ensure that patients who could benefit from radiation therapy receive it and to secure radiation oncology’s position as an integral part of multidisciplinary cancer care. In 2018 and beyond, the ROI Publication Award will celebrate excellence in research within the ROI’s priority topics.
The 2018 ROI Publication Award will honor an article or a set of articles resulting from a single study that was published in a scholarly journal between July 1, 2017, and June 30, 2018, and will have a lasting impact on the field of radiation oncology. The results presented in the winning manuscript must have the potential to change current thinking, transform practice and significantly improve patient outcomes. The ROI will recognize the winner of this year’s Publication Award at the 2018 ASTRO Annual Meeting in San Antonio, and the lead author will receive a $5,000 grant to be used on research that will build upon the work in the manuscript.
ASTRO members can nominate an article written by colleagues or one that they have authored. Submitting a nomination is easy and consists of providing a PDF copy of the manuscript and a one-page statement supporting the nomination. The ROI will be considering how well the research aligns with one or more of its priority areas, its impact on the field of radiation oncology as a whole and how the grant would be used to further the research.
Through the nominations process, the ROI is seeking the most important articles to be considered for this honor. Nominate an outstanding article for the 2018 ROI Publication Award by July 20 before 5:00 p.m. Eastern time and look for the winner to be announced in the fall.
Robert C. Miller is Vice-chair of the ROI Research Committee and Professor and Vice-chair in the Department of Radiation Oncology at the Mayo Clinic. Dr. Miller is also Editor-in-Chief of Advances in Radiation Oncology.