European Radiology is the flagship journal of the European Society of Radiology (ESR). The journal publishes radiology research in all fields of medical imaging with an impact on clinical practice. Articles published by the journal are downloaded more than 2 million times per year and European Radiology has an impact factor of 7.034.

The term of the current Editor-in-Chief of European Radiology ends in December 2023. Therefore, the ESR Board of Directors wishes to recruit a successor, who would start working in mid-2023 with a gradual hand-over of duties from the current Editor and become fully installed as of January 2024.

The position (3 years in the first term with possible extension in mutual agreement) is open to highly regarded experts in radiology with international recognition and proven scientific leadership in a renowned academic or research institution.


The ESR Journal Family currently consists of 3 journals: European Radiology, Insights into Imaging, and European Radiology Experimental.

The ESR Board of Directors wishes to expand and grow the ESR Journal Family. Future spin-off journals of European Radiology are foreseen according to the vision of the ESR Board of Directors and ESR Publications Committee.

This vision leads to the following opportunities for the Editor-in-Chief.

  • Developing and implementing the strategy for the flagship journal European Radiology and its spin-off journals
  • Developing and implementing a strategy aligned with the vision for the ESR Journal Family
  • Further growing scientific quality and impact of European Radiology and the ESR Journal Family
  • Continue building a supportive and inclusive culture among the editorial board and office team based on values of diversity, equity, and inclusion


Applicants should have a demonstrably strong record in scientific publishing and experience in editorial work on, at least, Editorial Board level in an internationally respected radiological journal. They should, furthermore, be recognised for their diplomacy and ability to network. This leads to the following responsibilities.

Tasks related to European Radiology
  • Overseeing all aspects of the journal’s peer-review process to ensure a fast, efficient, and transparent process through implementing measures needed to ensure fast turnaround times, e.g. introducing a pre-review mechanism
  • Implementing a dedicated fast track review process, e.g. for late-breaking clinical trials in Radiology presented at ECR
  • Developing and implementing a social media strategy for greater outreach to the community
  • Adhering to good publishing practice, especially the standards of the Committee of Publication Ethics (COPE)
  • Collaborating with the Editorial Office team, ESR Board of Directors and ESR Publications Committee, as well as with publisher to maintain and develop highest editorial and publishing standards
Tasks related to the ESR Journal Family
  • Developing and implementing a strategic plan for the ESR Journal Family including future spin-off journals and new article formats, outreach activities, and open science
  • Leading the initiation of two spin-off journals by 2025
  • Providing leadership and editorial guidance by creating and managing an efficient team of chief editors of the European Radiology spin-off journals, with clear responsibilities and roles
  • Leading the team of Editors-in-Chief of the spin-off journals including heading the editorial decision and cascading process among journals of the ESR Journal Family
  • Working closely with the Editors of other ESR journals and publications
  • Developing a reporting dashboard with performance metrics and parameters of the ESR journals
  • Reporting on the performance of the ESR Journal Family to the chair of the ESR Publication Committee on a regular basis and to the ESR Board of Directors upon request
  • Developing policies for the ESR Journal Family based on bibliometric metrics and download parameters to help further improve performance
  • Connect within the scientific community, network for, and represent the journal(s) by promoting the journal through commissioning key articles (e.g., editorials and reviews), attending scientific meetings to stimulate submission of high-quality scientific work among others


The successful candidate must have

  • An international track record in scientific leadership
  • Affiliation or recent affiliation as a research leader in a renowned research or academic institution
  • Diplomatic skills to network effectively internationally, not only within the radiological fields of impact but also within fields outside of radiology
  • A dynamic, and well-organised personality with the ability to multitask, prioritise, and meet deadlines in order to lead a diverse and effective editorial board
  • ESR full membership in good standing
  • A wide knowledge of most branches of radiology, and an understanding of how radiological practice varies from country to country

The Editor-in-Chief is supported remotely by the Editorial Office team based in the ESR headquarters in Vienna. The Editor-in-Chief takes no responsibility in business decisions, which remain solely with the ESR. Any change in editorial policies that may have financial implications must be discussed with the ESR Board of Director prior to implementation. The Editor-in-Chief will receive remuneration for this position which is subject to negotiation.

Application process

All applications should be sent via e-mail to Mrs. Stefanie Bolldorf, ESR Office, Scientific Publications Department, [email protected]


Candidates should include within their formal application the following documents:

  • COVER LETTER summarising their vision and perspectives

  • CURRICULUM VITAE (including all publications and achievements, standard bibliometric indices, and motivation including explanation why the applicant is suitable for the tasks)

  • VISION STATEMENT (see details on the right side)

The Vision statement should contain the following parts:

  1. Analysis of the current situation of European Radiology [max. 1 page]
  2. Perspectives and strategy for the further development of European Radiology including the alignment with other initiatives of ESR and ECR [max. 6 pages combined with item 3]
  3. Vision and strategy for the ESR Journal Family including future European Radiology spin-off journals and new article formats, outreach activities, and open science [max. 6 pages combined with item 2]
  4. Strategy on building a supportive and inclusive culture based on the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion for the editorial board and the editors team [max. 1 page]

Deadline for applications is March 31st, 2023