Time commitment per case: 2-10 hours, depending on individual author's needs
This opportunity is ongoing: Approved mentors will be contacted by authors directly
RSNA Case Collection (RCC) seeks mentors to assist individuals in preparing cases for submission
The availability of mentorship allows individuals (medical students, fellows, trainees and non-native English speakers) the opportunity to connect with someone who has been published in US journals and understand details of publishing.
What an RCC Mentor will do and when
- Assist people who have difficulty writing, translating and/or may othewise need assistance in preparing a case for submission to RCC.
- Potentially assist authors in interpretation of text, translating and preparing the case, along with making suggestions to ensure the information is accurate.
- The work will be performed as an individual needs assistance, such as during case preparation, prior to case submission, or during revisions of a case. The individual may need assistance several times before the case is deemed qualified for publication.
Qualifications: experience and expertise needed to apply
Mentors should have been published in RSNA Case Collection and/or have:
How mentors are selected
- A high level of understanding of publishing in US journals
- An understanding of RSNA writing policies, including plagiarism
- A clear understanding of the RCC submission process
As part of the application form, a prospective mentor is asked to submit their CV. The CV will be reviewed by the RCC Editorial staff. If accepted, a mentor will be included in the RCC mentorship list provided to authors, who will then select members from this list and contact the mentor directly. RCC staff will provide assistance, as needed, if authors and mentors have difficulty connecting.
Regarding authorship of the case
The mentor and mentee should discuss authorship of the case based on the ICMJE recommendations. The ICMJE recommends that authorship be based on the following four (4) criteria:
- Substantial contributions to the conception or design of the work; AND
- Drafting the work or revising it critically for important intellectual content; AND
- Final approval of the version to be published; AND
- Agreement to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved.
Contributors who meet fewer than all four (4) of the above criteria for authorship should not be listed as authors, but they should be acknowledged. Examples of activities that alone (without other contributions) do not qualify a contributor for authorship are language editing, and proofreading.