In order to provide ABS members updates on standard brachytherapy management through the development of updated and/or new ABS consensus statements. We have updated our approval process of Consensus Statements.
The ABS Board of Directors (BOD) will select the topic, and senior and junior authors. The senior author will need to provide a list of publications and is required to have published on the topic of interest in the last 5 years. All proposed ABS consensus statements will include a summary paragraph detailing the subject matter and timeline. The ABS BOD requires that all authors who participate in these consensus statements are ABS members. It is recognized that contributing authors from other specialties will participate and are not required to be ABS members. If the proposed consensus statement is an update, the authors will need to reference the previous guidelines and summarize changes ( see attachment for a list of previous guidelines/statements). All ABS members will be notified through the ABS Blast of the proposed consensus statement for other interested co-authors to apply; a maximum of 10 authors will be selected. It is strongly encouraged that all authors, should have published or presented on the subject matter in the last 5 years. The timeline below details the process. Any controversies regarding authorship, subject content or other issues will be resolved by the BOD consensus subcommittee.
Please e-mail us if you have any questions on the new approval process. The goal is to create a transparent process to maximize engagement of ABS members.