Initial letter soliciting review sent by ONCOLOGY to Larry Weisenthal:

December 6, 2000

Larry M. Weisenthal, MD, PhD
Weisenthal Cancer Group
15140 Transistor Lane
Huntington Beach, CA 92649

Dear Dr. Weisenthal:

ONCOLOGY is a clinical journal whose major purpose is publication of articles relating to practical management issues in the care of patients with neoplastic diseases. The thrust is a journal with broad relevance to the problems faced by the practicing oncologist. It is sent free of charge to about 30,000 professionals, including medical, surgical, radiation, pediatric, and gynecologic,oncologists, and hematologists.

The editorial core of the journal consists of solicited articles surveying a particular topic of current practical importance in clinical oncology. These topics may be either very broad or quite focused. Each paper is referred to one or two reviewers, who are asked to write a short (about 750 to 1,000 words) commentary to be published alongside the paper. The commentary might be entirely laudatory, highly critical, or somewhere in between. In any case it will serve to highlight areas of consensus or disagreement among people most familiar with the topic in question. The result should be both lively and informative.

Four features of ONCOLOGY make it attractive to authors: First, we are quite selective in what we publish. Second, the short interval between acceptance and publication (about 5 to 6 months) competes very favorably with clinical journals. Third, the journal's exceptionally wide circulation within the clinical cancer community insures broad exposure of its editorial material. And fourth, ONCOLOGY is included in Index Medicus.

Now to the point of this letter. We would like to invite you to prepare an article for ONCOLOGY on "The Current Status of Chemotherapy Sensitivity Assays". We hope you will be interested in preparing a manuscript along these lines.

To assist you in doing so, we enclose a copy of our Guide for Authors and an issue of our journal to give you an idea of the format. The manuscript should be about 15 to 20 double-spaced typewritten pages plus tables, figures, and references. We would like to hold the references to about 50. The original should be submitted, along with three photocopies. May we ask for your manuscript by May 17, 2001? For preperation of your paper, we can offer a honorarium of $500, payable upon publication.

I hope that you will be interested in submitting this paper to us and look forward to your reply. If the time schedule presents a problem, please call me at 631-777-3800, ext. 326.

Sincerely yours, Cara H. Glynn Editorial Director

cc: James F. McCarthy Senior Vice President, Editorial

CHG:ab Enclosure