Editorial|Articles in Press, 101068

ASTRO's Advances in Radiation Oncology in 2022

Open AccessPublished:September 04, 2022DOI:
      This Fall marks ASTRO's Advances in Radiation Oncology's seventh year of publishing. The last year has been our most successful to date with our Cite Score rising to 4.3 (see Figure #1), placing Advances in the top third of comparable journals. A conventional impact factor is expected to granted in 2023.
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      Figure 1Advances Cite Score Value and % ranking among peer journals
      ASTRO created Advances in 2015 in response to the rising demand for outlets to publish quality radiation oncology related research and limitations in the number of manuscripts that could be published in conventional paper journals. As a Gold Open Access journal, permanently freely available, Advances is available on a global basis to all health care professionals and scientists, as well as our patient population and their caregivers. Figure #2 demonstrates Advances complementary relationship with the Red Journal and Practical Radiation Oncology. Figure #3 highlights our current most downloaded articles.
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      Figure 3- Top Downloads in Advances in August 2022
      We are particularly interested this year in publishing more scholarly critical reviews. Our current call for papers includes those relating to the use of radiopharmaceuticals and cybersecurity issues in radiation oncology. In recent years, disruption in care delivery from issues such as COVID-19, cyberattacks and the ongoing humanitarian crises in Ukraine (See Figure #3) and Syria, as well elsewhere, have been the focus of many of our most read articles. Two are included in this collection. A report from Istanbul by Uğurluer et al describes the psychosocial issues facing Ukrainian families whose children were receiving cancer care in Turkey at the onset of the War in Ukraine.1 Flavin et al reports on the national impact on radiotherapy delivery after a cyberattack on the public health services of the Republic of Ireland.2 Additional review papers included in this issue are a review of management of implantable devices by Chan et al3and on the Abscopal effect by Hatten, et al.4
      We welcome inquiries regarding proposed review papers and encourage potential authors to contact the Editor in Chief directly at [email protected] to discuss their proposal.
      Our most downloaded paper at this time is a paper on breast cancer reirradiation from Fattahi et al.5
      Social media focused articles and analyses of professional issues related to resident training and the job market are highly read. Included in this issue is a report characterizing Twitter influencers in radiation oncology by Valle et al that is one of our most highly read papers.6
      We would like to thank the Advances editorial board, our reviewers, and the ASTRO community for all of their time and diligence that have been dedicated to our last seven years of success. We look forward to continued growth.
      Advances is committed to diversity and inclusion on the editorial team.(figure 4)
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      Figure 4- OKHMATDYT's RTTs heroes: Bohdana Bachynska (left) and Yana Kuts (right). Bohdana stayed in OKHMATDYT 24/7 to scan wounded patients and Yana serves in Ukrainian army as an emergency medical technician.7

      Author responsible for statistical analysis

      Not Applicable

      Data Availability Statement for this Work

      All data comes from freely available public internet sites and is referenced.


      • [1] Uğurluer, G., Özyar, E., Corapcioglu, F., & Miller, R. C. (2022). Psychosocial Impact of the War in Ukraine on Pediatric Cancer Patients and Their Families Receiving Oncological Care Outside Their Country at the Onset of Hostilities. Advances in Radiation Oncology,(2002), 7(4), 100957.
      • [2] Aileen Flavin, Eve O'Toole, Louise Murphy, Ruth Ryan, Brendan McClean, Clare Faul, Carol McGibney, Stephen Coyne, Geraldine O'Boyle, Cormac Small, Caroline Sims, Maeve Kearney, Mary Coffey, Anita O'Donovan. (2022) A National Cyberattack Affecting Radiation Therapy: The Irish Experience,
      • [3] Chan, M. F., Young, C., Gelblum, D., Shi, C., Rincon, C., Hipp, E., Li, J., & Wang, D. (2021). A Review and Analysis of Managing Commonly Seen Implanted Devices for Patients Undergoing Radiation Therapy. Advances in radiation oncology, 6(4), 100732.
      • [4] Hatten, S. J., Jr, Lehrer, E. J., Liao, J., Sha, C. M., Trifiletti, D. M., Siva, S., McBride, S. M., Palma, D., Holder, S. L., & Zaorsky, N. G. (2022). A Patient-Level Data Meta-analysis of the Abscopal Effect. Advances in radiation oncology, 7(3), 100909.
      • [5] Fattahi, S., Ahmed, S. K., Park, S. S., Petersen, I. A., Shumway, D. A., Stish, B. J., Yan, E. S., Remmes, N. B., Mutter, R. W., & Corbin, K. S. (2020). Reirradiation for Locoregional Recurrent Breast Cancer. Advances in radiation oncology, 6(1), 100640.
      • [6] Valle, L. F., Chu, F. I., Smith, M., Wang, C., Lee, P., Moghanaki, D., Chino, F. L., Steinberg, M. L., & Raldow, A. C. (2022). Characterizing Twitter Influencers in Radiation Oncology. Advances in radiation oncology, 7(6), 100919.
      • [7] Nataliya Kovalchuk , Ruslan Zelinskyi , Andrii Hanych , Yuliia Severyn , Bohdana Bachinska , Andriy Beznosenko , Oleh Duda , Roman Kowalchuk , Viktor Iakovenko , Nelya Melnitchouk , Natalka Suchowerska , Radiotherapy under the falling bombs: a tale of two Ukrainian cancer centers, Advances in Radiation Oncology (2022),

      Conflicts of Interest

      Robert C. Miller and Jillian Tsai report income from ASTRO.