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2021 Special Issue – Liquid Biopsy

In recent years we have seen continued growth in the field of precision medicine. Research projects such as the Cancer Genome Atlas and other large-scale international efforts have mapped the genomic, transcriptomic and proteomic alterations across different tumour types, and a number of targeted therapies are in clinical use for patients with defined tumour mutations. Further developments in technology have yielded the ability to detect many tumour-relevant entities in blood samples, including circulating tumour DNA, RNA, extracellular vesicles, tumour cells and tumour-educated immune cells.  The term “liquid biopsy” is often used to refer to this approach. As an adjunct to tumour tissue biopsies, liquid biopsy provides a non-invasive approach to tumour profiling that is beginning to be used in a variety of clinical settings. 

Submission deadline: 10th May 2021

This Liquid biopsy special issue is being guest edited by Professor Angela Cox (University of Sheffield, UK,) and Professor Klaus Pantel (University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, Germany) and will be published in Autumn 2021, with a dedicated print issue published in January 2022. The issue will feature a curated collection of research articles and commissioned content from leading researchers.

We are interested in receiving submissions presenting outstanding contributions to the areas of:

  • Circulating Tumour Cells (CTCs)
  • Cell-free DNA (cfDNA)
  • RNA
  • Liquid biopsy methods
  • Diagnosis
  • Disease monitoring
  • Prediction of relapse
  • Prognosis
  • Screening and monitoring of targeted treatment

Please use our online submission system, and indicate in your covering letter that you would like the manuscript to be considered for the liquid biopsy special issue. For further information about our article types, please refer to our guide to authors. If you would like to enquire about the suitability of a Review or Perspective proposal for consideration, please email a pre-submission enquiry to bjc@cancer.org.uk.

Professor Angela Cox,
Special Issue Guest Editor, Subject Editor, British Journal of Cancer

Professor Klaus Pantel
Special Issue Guest Editor, British Journal of Cancer

Call for papers – Digital Imaging

Medical images including from radiographical and pathological studies form the foundation of cancer diagnostics and ultimately guide the surgical and medical management of cancer patients. Highly trained diagnosticians such as radiologists and pathologists must necessarily distill a complex array of visual cues into a simple narrative report providing a differential diagnosis and/or basic classification and staging information. These images are rich with data, but much of it must be discarded as noise to enable prompt and succinct reporting of critical, clinically relevant conclusions that can drive management decisions. The growth of digital imaging and access to greater computing power permits us to interrogate more of the “noise” – ranging from global body composition in radiology studies to subtle subcellular detail in histopathology—and offers the promise of delivering more nuanced diagnostic, prognostic, and predictive information from standard clinical images.

Submission deadline: 1 Sepember 2021

We invite submission for a call for papers on “Digital Imaging”. This issue invites papers to assess the state-of-the-art in digital imaging technology and computational output; radiomics; algorithms and approaches designed to predict therapeutic response and enable “personalized medicine”; interrogation of the immune microenvironment and implications for immunotherapy selection; challenges of implementation in clinical practice and controversial applications of digital imaging.

Please use our online submission system, and indicate in your covering letter that you would like the manuscript to be considered for the 'Digital Imaging' call for papers. For further information about our article types, please refer to our guide to authors. If you would like to inquire about the suitability of a manuscript for consideration, please email a pre-submission inquiry to bjc@cancer.org.uk.

Dr Lynette Sholl & Professor Rulla Tamimi
Guest Editors, British Journal of Cancer