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Author Guidelines

Only invited manuscript submissions or from authors who obtained a priority pass are eligible for review and processing. (Excempt are case series and review articles.)

Please download and read the JRCR Author and Reviewer Guidelines for the latest uptodate guidelines since these may change with time.

Authors are REQUIRED to use the manuscript template!
Download manuscript template: Manuscript

Please adhere to the following format:

Provide one document including:
1. Cover page, including title, authors (with mail and email addresses) and disclosures.
2. Manuscript, containing:

  • Title
  • Abstract
  •    Case Report & Discussion (for case reports)
  •    Introduction, Case descriptions/Main text, Discussion, Conclusion (for case series/review articles/pictorial reviews)
  •    Introduction, Materials & Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusion (for original work)
  • Teaching Point
  • References
  • Figures & Legends
  • Tables
  • Abbreviations
  • Questions & Answers

Again: usage of the manuscript template is MANDATORY!
Download manuscript template: click here to download

To better understand the review process and to help, writing a proper stylistic and sound manuscript, you may take a look which criteria the reviewers evaluate.
Download reviewer template: Review (Reviewer guidelines)

Teaching point
Teaching point should explain the educational value of this article in max. 2 sentences. It is the take-home message and should be even clear, independent of having read the manuscript or not. Do NOT use phrases like "This report" or "We demonstrate".

Any imaging modality, which was mentioned in the manuscript, needs to be provided as figure. Please provide also multiple views/planes of the same modality. Pathologic correlation is also necessary if it was performed (e.g. operative, macroscopic, microscopic images). Figures should be either submitted as PNG or uncompressed JPG files. (Tables as PNG or TIF) All figures need to be de-identified/anonymzed. Figures embedded in PowerPoint are not accepted. The figures should be initially implemented into the Word file, but have to be uploaded separately for the high quality final version. Images need to be also annotated to depict the pathology. Annotations, created in Word and not saved as separate figure are not accepted. There is no limitation of submitted images.

Each provided image needs to be a separate figure and each figure needs a figure legend. If you provide images labeled e.g. "1a, 1b, 1c...", then these images need to be implemented into one combined figure (collage), otherwise provide for each image a chronologic figure number (1, 2, 3 etc.) - with the respective figure legend.

Figure Zip: Please upload all figures in high quality and largest resolution as a supplementary file (named 1, 2, 3 etc. and ALL TOGETHER within ONE (1) single zip file, named "").

Figure legends need to be below the respective figure. Figure legends have to contain patient age, gender, diagnosis, imaging technique used and a good description of the imaging findings. Figure legends need detailed protocol information about the study. E.g. MRI: what sequence, plane, how much and what contrast was given. In which phase was the study obtained (arterial, venous, delayed etc.) Same applies to CT and Nuclear Medicine studies (in addition: what radiopharmaceutical was given, which dose, at what time was imaging obtained.)

Summary table:
contains high yield information about the reported entity. Mandatory fields are:

  • etiology
  • incidence
  • gender ratio
  • age predilection
  • risk factors
  • treatment
  • prognosis
  • findings on imaging (can be adopted from the differential table)

Differential table: contains differential diagnoses of the reported entity (including the entity itself). These differential diagnoses come each in a separate row. Furthermore, columns to present imaging findings for each imaging modality need to be included.
Imaging modalities include:

  • X-Ray
  • US
  • CT
  • MRI - T1
  • MRI - T2
  • MRI - DWI
  • Pattern of contrast enhancement (avid, none, homogeneous, heterogeneous etc.)
  • Scintigraphy
  • PET

Both tables need to be filled out to the up-to-date knowledge found in the current literature.

Questions & answers
Please provide 5 multiple choice questions - targeted to the knowledge provided in the submitted manuscript. Each question should have 5 answer choices. Details are explained in the manuscript template.
Please adhere to the following format:
The authors are responsible for the accuracy of the  bibliographic information.
A minimum of 5 references is recommended. There is no maximum of references. References should be numbered consecutively in the order in which they are first cited. References given in tables or figure legends must be numbered in sequence with those in text. Periodical titles should be abbreviated in the style of Index Medicus. Issue numbers and inclusive page numbers should be given for all references.
If there  are six or less authors, so please list surnames and initials of all authors as following:   

1. Hirsch W, Paetzel M, Talanow R., the first bilingual case-oriented publication platform for pediatric radiology. Pediatr Radiol. 2005 Mar;35(3):344-8.
If there are seven or more authors, please list only the first three names, followed by “et al.” In  the case of books, the authors of a chapter, title of the  chapter, editor(s), title of the book, edition, city, publisher, year, and chapter pages must be provided: 

1. Paetzel M. Thorax. In: USMLE Help Step 1 Anatomy Q & A. 1st ed. Cleveland Heights: EduRad, 2007; 316.
2. Haaga JR, Lanzieri CF, Sartoris DJ, Zerhouni EA. Neoplastic Diseases of the Lung. In: Computed Tomography And Magnetic Resonance Imaging Of The Whole Body. 3rd ed. St. Louis; Mosby,1994; 724-729.

Author Citations of Online-only Articles
Online-only article citations should include the authors’ names, title of the article, journal or website title, year, volume, and issue of publication,  the complete URL for the document and the date the document was accessed or consulted: 

1. Gossner J. Lissencephaly Type 1. PedRad [serial online]. 2008; vol 8, no. 5. Available at: Accessed June 10, 2008.



For the interactive case report: After acceptance of the case report for publication, the submitter is asked to provide for each cross-sectional modality (CT, MRI - also PET, SPECT) a stack of images. The stack of images should be numerated chronologically, e.g. first image starts with "1", e.g. 1.jpg, 2.jpg, 3.jpg, ... n.jpg. All images of an individual sequence are collected in a separate zip-file. Also add a text or Word file, containing a description of the image stack (modality/sequence, plane, contrast or not, significant findings). For sequential studies, such as fluoroscopy (IR or GI) or nuclear medicine studies (e.g. gastric emptying, HIDAA scan etc.) please provide also all images for the particular sequence. These images should be also collected in a separate zip-file. An example of such an image stack zip file can be downloaded here. (Only parts of the abdominal CT are saved in this example to save you download time, however the author is required to submit the entire exam.) Please include also the topogram/localizer image in case of CT or MR exams. The zip-file can be either uploaded in the submission section or directly sent through email to If technical questions, please write to the same email address.

Only case reports which provide stacks of images for the interactive mode will receive a DOI number!



Each submitted article needs written clarification about:

These statements are provided in the manuscript template.


These are average timelines for the individual steps from submission over review to publication:

  • New submission preparation for review: 1-2 months
  • Incomplete submission preparation for review: 1-2 months (in addition)
  • Manuscript review by at least 3 blinded reviewers: 3-6 months
  • Re-review of revisions: 2-3 months
  • Time from acceptance to publication: 6-12 months (depending on available section slots)
Review & Publication Acceleration
We provide an optional Priority Pass for authors to accelerate review and publication of their manuscripts as short as within 2 weeks. Find out more in the following announcement.


Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. I obtained a Priority Pass

    To clear the backlog of current submissions, reviews and revisions, we decided to temporarily put submissions on hold and only allow submissions to be processed which obtained a Priority Pass.
    As soon as the backlog of submissions is cleared, we will open the journal again for all submissions.
    Thank you for your understanding and patience.

    Learn more about the Priority Pass
  2. Temporarily superseded by previous point:
    I read and understand:

    Applies only for case reports - not case series or review articles:
    You may submit if either:
    1. This manuscript has been invited for submission after this case has been uploaded in our affiliated educational Radiology community Radiolopolis at and invited after pre-screening.
    2. A priority pass has been obtained - see more details at

  3. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor) and the authors permit EduRad (the publisher) and its affiliates to publish the submitted work.

  4. The author used the manuscript template (download template here); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed at the end of the manuscript.

    Please download and read the JRCR Author and Reviewer Guidelines for the latest uptodate guidelines since these may change with time.

  5. Any disclosures/conflicts of interest have been listed in the cover page. (If no disclosure provided this means that you don't have anything to disclose)

  6. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.

  7. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in "Ensuring a Blind Review" have been followed.

  8. The submitting author assures that all contributing authors agree with the submitted version of the manuscript and no violoation of patient rights are associated with the submitted work.

  9. Is this manuscript written in proper english? Did you do spell check and grammar check in English or did an English-proficient person proof read the manuscript? (Poor English is the most frequent reason for rejection!)

  10. Cover Letter (example can be found in manuscript template) includes: Title, Authors, Author Addresses, Statement of authorship, Notifications of conflicts of interest and Ethical adherence.
    Manuscript includes: Title, Cover letter, Abstract, Text body, References, Figures and Figure legends. (Figures can be in lower quality - keep the Word file size manageable. After acceptance, the author needs to submit figures in high quality.)


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