Note from the Editor
It is exciting to launch the Journal of Radiosurgery and SBRT (Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy), an official journal of International Society of Stereotactic Society (ISRS). The concept of radiosurgery started as soon as the radiation was discovered. There was a great deal of effort of immobilization for Cartesian localization to administer a focused radiation to the cervical spine and brain in the early 1900’s. At the clinical level, use of radiosurgery to treat the intracranial arteriovenous malformation by Gamma Knife opened a pathway to develop as an important treatment for many intracranial targets. With more recent progress of immobilization, image-guided positioning and localization, and computerized intensity modulated radiation delivery, radiosurgery has been successfully applied to the various body sites. Incorporation of the technology to the radiation delivery devices further accelerated the contemporary radiosurgery practice. To be inclusive of the various radiosurgical applications, the treatment became also known as stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT). Thus, we will use the terminology of radiosurgery and SBRT synonymously in this journal. Regardless of the terminology, there have been more research and clinical application. As the knowledge expands, there should be a platform for exchange of the information and further research and development. Indeed, there has been a great deal of effort along the history of ISRS. There also has been difficulty of publishing the manuscripts. It is time to have its own journal.
The Journal will have acronym of JRSBRT. The journal’s mission is to 1) serve a primary multi-disciplinary forum for global communication of clinical, scientific and technical, educational, socioeconomic, and cultural ideas and issues for stereotactic radiosurgery, 2) create a principal international platform for establishing the highest level of radiosurgical practice through innovative research in physics, technical, biological, and clinical sciences, and 3) provide networking for exchange of knowledge among scientific research and clinical investigators from diverse background for the progress in the field of radisourgery and SBRT.
The journal will be published 4 issues a year with a plan of increasing the pages and publication when the manuscript submission steadily increases. Radiosurgery/SBRT is a product of multi-disciplinary endeavor. The journal will broadly cover physics and technical progress, biological investigation, and clinical experience including case reports. There will be editorials, correspondence with letters to the editor and answer, news, and supplements. It will be inclusive of all the radiosurgery/SBRT-related specialties and other related medical specialties, physics, and many other technological developments.
On behalf of the editors and editorial review boards, I will report to the ISRS Board of Directors the progress of the journal. The future of the journal looks bright. The quality of manuscripts will be better and the journal will be stronger. JRSBRT will remain innovative, and improve coverage of the entire landscape of radiosurgery/SBRT discipline.