ISS Editorial Fellowship with Skeletal Radiology

ISS Founders’ Fellowship with Skeletal Radiology

Editorial Fellowship in Musculoskeletal Publishing

Skeletal Radiology, the preeminent scientific journal dedicated to musculoskeletal (MSK) disorders, is owned by the International Skeletal Society (ISS) and published by Springer Nature. The ISS Founders’ Fellowship is awarded yearly to one physician or scientist who is interested in medical publishing and MSK disorders. It commemorates the first Editors of Skeletal Radiology, Harold Jacobson, Jack Edeiken and Ronald Murray.

Fellowship description

The Founders’ Fellowship is suitable for academic faculty who have begun to do research and publish their work. It is also suitable for established faculty who would like to be more involved in journal activities.

It offers the opportunity to experience medical publishing, editorial leadership and ethical decision-making under the mentorship of the Editors of Skeletal Radiology and senior members of the Springer Nature publishing team.

It teaches manuscript evaluation, editing and production. The Fellow learns the fundamentals of peer review and the elements of a good review. The Fellowship provides interaction with both reviewers and authors, participation in the selection of articles for publication, and management of articles in support of a production schedule.

The Fellowship has specific goals related to Skeletal Radiology and the ISS:

  • Groom individuals as peer-reviewers and future editors
  • Add promising individuals to the Editorial Board
  • Promote the commissioning of special issues
  • Increase the submission of quality manuscripts
  • Connect with leaders in MSK science and education.

Fellowship activities:

The Founders’ Fellow has direct contact with the Editors of Skeletal Radiology and the production staff at Springer Nature. Over the course of the year, this contact could take place in person or by videoconferencing. The Case Report Editor assumes primary responsibility for overseeing the activities of the Fellow.

The Fellow serves a one-year term that begins with the Annual Meeting of the ISS. Most activities are performed remotely. Attendance is expected at the 1) Editorial Board meeting (during the ISS Annual Meeting), and 2) Editors’ retreat with Springer. Attendance is optional at the Editors’ Forum (organized for the editors of journals focused on imaging).

The individual will be listed on the masthead of Skeletal Radiology. The Fellow must complete conflict-of-interest and confidentiality documents. During the Founders’ Fellowship, the Fellow cannot serve on the editorial boards of other journals.

The ISS will award the Fellow $10,000 to cover travel and meeting expenses related to the Fellowship. The Fellow is required to submit expense reports and receipts.

During the first 6 months:

Review reference materials and training documents with senior members of the Springer Nature publishing team.

Use customized training material to learn Editorial Manager, the manuscript review system.

Participate in peer review. Assess manuscripts and draft reviews. Receive guidance and feedback form Editors. Following an introductory period, the Fellow submits formal reviews in Editorial Manager.

During the second 6 months, at the discretion of Editors:

Gain responsibilities as Associate Editor with commensurate privileges in Editorial Manager. Under the supervision of Editors, process and edit manuscripts from submission to final disposition including reviewer invitations and author communications. Video conferencing will provide opportunities for discussion.

Over the course of the fellowship year:

Spearhead a project or the commissioning of a special issue supervised by one or more of the Editors. A project may lead to a presentation at the ISS annual meeting and/or a publication in Skeletal Radiology. A special issue would involve topic selection, author invitation, manuscript processing and issue building.

Fellowship Eligibility:

Candidates must meet the following requirements:

  • Physician or scientist active in MSK practice or research. Special consideration will be given to members of the ISS or one of its affiliated societies.
  • Lead author of one or more MSK scientific articles published in peer-reviewed journals. Special consideration will be given to authors of articles published in Skeletal Radiology.
  • Active reviewer for one or more scientific journals. Special consideration will be given to high-quality reviewers of articles published in Skeletal Radiology.

Fellowship Application

Application materials include:

  • Letter of intent stating qualifications, objectives. It is important to explain how the Fellowship relates to your career goals.
  • Curriculum vitae.
  • Two supporting letters. One letter should be written by your section head, department chair or director. The second letter should be written by a senior physician or scientist working in the field of MSK medicine.
The application deadline is July 1st. Final decisions are made by August 1st the same year. Please send any questions to [email protected].


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The Editors of Skeletal Radiology will review application materials and select one Fellow among the applicants. The name of the new Fellow will be announced prior to the ISS Annual Meeting.

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