Call for AJNR Editor-in-Chief Candidates

Over the last 41 years, the editorial team of the American Journal of Neuroradiology (AJNR) has played a pivotal role in shaping our specialty of neuroradiology. In June 2023, Jeffrey S. Ross, MD, will complete an 8-year term as the sixth Editor-in-Chief (EIC) of the AJNR. He was preceded by a number of distinguished editors including our first AJNR EIC, Juan M. Taveras, MD (1980–1989), followed by Michael S. Huckman, MD (1990–1997), Robert M. Quencer, MD (1997–2005), Robert I. Grossman, MD (2006–2007), and Mauricio Castillo, MD (2007–2015).

We especially wish to thank Dr. Jeffrey Ross for his extraordinary dedication and exceptional contributions to the AJNR. Under his strong leadership, the AJNR remains the premier clinical neuroimaging journal with high-quality, peer-reviewed articles that serve as a beacon for achieving excellence in patient care, research, and teaching. There are an impressive 6867 subscribers across the globe: 1389 are in print and 5472 are digital.

Dr. Ross has assembled a talented international editorial board during his tenure. The AJNR issues 12 journals each year (± 200 pages per issue)—all with peer-reviewed articles from highly respected researchers in the field. With 1700+ papers, the number of submissions to the journal was record-breaking in 2020. Over 80 COVID-19 papers have received expedited publication to date, and more than 1300 original submissions are projected for 2021. The AJNR website had an incredible 11.7 million visits in 2021. There is also a strong presence on social media and subscribers may now avail themselves of an enhanced website platform. There are 3 monthly podcasts including “Issue Highlights,” “Fellows’ Journal Club,” and “Annotated Bibliography,” which offers continuing medical education. In addition, during Dr. Ross’ tenure, the Impact Factor and h-index for the journal have steadily increased and contribute to the AJNR’s international recognition as the leading journal for all aspects of neuroimaging research, education, and best practice.

A SEARCH FOR A NEW EDITOR-IN-CHIEF WILL BEGIN IN EARLY 2022.

The new Editor-in-Chief will be announced in December 2022 and will transition into the position beginning in January 2023. The actual term will begin July 1, 2023. The EIC will provide leadership and strategic vision for the journal as well as report on all editorial matters to the ASNR Board of Directors (BOD). Other responsibilities include maintaining the journal’s standard of excellence building on its reputation nationally and internationally. The EIC will be responsible for conducting, directing, and/or supervising the solicitation, evaluation, revision, and selection of all scientific and other materials to be published in the American Journal of Neuroradiology. The incumbent will work efficiently with the journal’s online manuscript processing system to conduct initial screening of manuscripts; make timely decisions about reviewed and revised submissions; provide constructive comments for authors as appropriate; write editorials; and meet with AJNR staff.

In addition, the EIC shall decide upon and approve of the content and design of tables of contents, letters to the editor, book reviews, advertisements, and other pages published in the AJNR as well as oversight of social media related to the journal. The EIC will also work collaboratively with the journal’s editorial board to determine the organizational structure, titles, functions, appointments, and terms of all editorial positions including reviewers, editorial advisory boards, and senior editors. The EIC may appoint senior editors who must be senior members of the ASNR. The number of senior editors shall be budgeted and approved by the ASNR BOD. Senior editors will serve at the pleasure of the EIC who shall establish the terms of service, including supervising and evaluating performance, and will exercise the right to retain or replace any senior editor as the workflow or operational demands require. The appointments of senior editors will be for a term of 1 year initially and may be extended at the discretion of the EIC.

The EIC in performing duties will observe the general Policies and Procedures established by the ASNR BOD, and will operate within the budget approved by the Board of Directors. The EIC will be consulted about, and will participate in AJNR operations including advertising, publication channels, expense management, and new or renewed contracts. The EIC will report regularly to the ASNR BOD and will attend Board of Director Meetings and other meetings as requested by the Executive Director. Each year the Editor will develop a budget along with the Managing Editor for approval by the ASNR Financial Management Committee and Board of Directors. This will be done in a manner consistent with the fiscal policies established by the Society.

QUALIFICATIONS OF THE SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATE INCLUDE:

  • MD degree; Senior Member of ASNR in North America, neuroradiology subspecialty certification
    Familiarity with AJNR and its mission
  • Familiarity with ASNR and its mission
  • Presently or recently engaged in a leadership role in neuroradiology with broad neuroradiology knowledge
  • Excellent leadership and supervisory skills to motivate and inspire professional staff as well as interpersonal skills—impartiality, diplomacy, high ethical standards and integrity including a clear understanding of the ethical guidelines established for scholarly publishing
  • Leadership needed to develop and articulate a vision and the ability to inspire people with that vision
  • Demonstrated track record of academic excellence including extensive experience in both publishing in and reviewing for peer-reviewed journals
  • Excellent communication and writing skills and experience in critically appraising scientific articles
  • Creativity and passion about finding new ways to expand the journal content
  • The ability to formulate a budget and assist leadership in oversite of journal business decisions such as selecting major vendors (e.g., printing, composition, redaction, copyediting, and other technical aspects affecting journal operations), as well as expense and revenue related decisions
  • Ability to appoint a strong, diverse, and representative team of editors
  • High level of organizational skills
  • Editorial board or prior editorial experience preferred

The term is for 5 years renewable for an additional 3 years for a total of 8 years and subject to annual review by the ASNR Board of Directors. It is expected the EIC will devote 16-20 hours per week to these duties and a stipend will be provided.

A diverse, experienced, and knowledgeable search committee has been tasked with identifying leading candidates. The search committee consists of Tina Young Poussaint, MD, FACR, Chair, Mauricio Castillo, MD, FACR, Pina Sanelli, MD, MPH, FACR, Carolyn Meltzer, MD, FACR, Erin Simon Schwartz, MD, FACR, Joshua Nickerson, MD, Courtney Tomblinson, MD, and senior editors including Harry Cloft, MD, PhD, Christopher Filippi, MD, Thierry Huisman, MD, Peter D. Chang, MD, Lubdha Shah, MD,
Gregory Zaharchuk MD, PhD, C. Douglas Phillips, MD, Yvonne Lui, MD, and Bryan Comstock. The search process will include recruiting and nominating candidates, interviewing candidates, and reviewing vision statements submitted by finalists. The appointment of the new AJNR Editor-in-Chief will be announced in December 2022.

All interested physicians are invited to provide their curriculum vitae and a vision statement to Dr. Tina Young Poussaint and Karen Halm. To ensure a broad and diverse pool of candidates, the committee welcomes nominations from the ASNR membership. The deadline for receipt of submissions is August 1, 2022.

Tina Young Poussaint, MD, FACR
Chair, Editor-in-Chief Search Committee
President, American Society of Neuroradiology

The American Society of Neuroradiology is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions or any other characteristic protected by law.