Unique Opportunity to Catapult My Academic Career
The RSNA William R. Eyler Editorial Fellowship, first
established in 1998, offers a unique learning opportunity for radiologists
early in their academic careers to significantly deepen their understanding of
the workings of radiologic journalism. Each year, one fellow is fortunate to be
selected for this tremendous experience.
The one-month fellowship provides a rare insight into what
goes on “behind the scene” at two major radiology journals: Radiology and
RadioGraphics. The program is perfectly
balanced between observation and active participation, both at the editorial
offices of the two journals and the publications office at RSNA headquarters in
At the journal offices, the editorial fellow is integrated
into the editorial team and interacts directly with the editors, associate
editors and staff members. Activities
include checking received manuscripts for correct format and required
materials, making reviewer assignments, and doing a variety of editorial tasks
that involve real decision-making. The
experience is carefully organized, concentrated, and intense, but most of all
At the publications headquarters, the editorial fellow has a
first-hand view of the entire production process of transforming accepted
articles into publications. I found
myself directly interacting with many seasoned specialists: managing editors,
copy editors, graphic artists, and experts in online publishing, finance,
marketing and sales. The level of
professionalism and the finished product were inspiring.
In my view, the RSNA Editorial Fellowship provides an
once-in-a-lifetime, high-impact opportunity to see what goes on behind the
editorial processes of two of our premier radiology journals. It was only a brief glimpse, but it has
energized my academic career in many ways and will for years to come.
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