Information for Authors


Research Articles

Original studies considered for publication will provide the field of imaging with significant advances in basic, preclinical, clinical, hardware and software using single or multi-modal imaging technologies. In addition, studies that use imaging technologies to advance basic and clinical medicine through interrogation of biological and pathological processes are also of interest.

  • 250-word abstract
  • No word limit but are typically 3,000 – 6,000 words of text (excluding abstract, references and figure captions)
  • No limit but typically consist of a combination of 8 figures and/or tables

Advances in Brief

Advances in Brief are timely high impact contributions on a topic important to imaging researchers. These Advances will undergo an accelerated review process. Papers submitted as Advances in Brief may combine the Results and Discussion sections.

  • 200-word abstract
  • No word limit but are typically about 2,500 words of text (excluding abstract, references and figure captions)
  • No limit but typically consist of a combination of 4-5 figures and tables


TomographyTM will publish Reviews which are timely and important to imaging researchers. Reviews should be written as concisely as possible. All Review articles will be subject to peer review. The parameters for this category are provide below but serve only as guidelines as longer reviews will be considered if the topic warrants additional space in the journal.

  • 250-word abstract
  • No word limit but are typically around 5,000 words of text (excluding abstract, references and figure captions)
  • No limit but a combination of 7-8 figures and tables are typical


Tomography will publish Perspectives which are used to present new insights on an active or emerging area of imaging research or application of imaging technologies in the preclinical or clinical setting along with the author’s personal viewpoint on the area including unresolved areas for future research along with key issues facing development and/or deployment.

  • 200-word abstract
  • No word limit but are typically around 3,000 words of text (excluding abstract, references and figure captions)
  • No limit but a combination of up to 5 figures and tables would be reasonable goal

Image Reports

Image Reports are discrete Reports (approximately 1,500 words) that provide significant advances and offer unique insights into the application of imaging technologies for the further advancement of preclinical or clinical diagnosis or treatment response. No specific limits are place on overall numbers of figures or tables but up to 4 would be reasonable.

Consensus Papers

Papers which provide a broad consensus on a timely topic related to imaging which is sponsored from investigators participating at a national meeting or meeting sponsored by a government funding agency. Authors are encouraged to contact the editorial office prior to submission.


You must register to submit a manuscript using our online submission system. This will provide you with stepwise guidance through the process of entering your article information and uploading your files. The system converts your article files (e.g., Word) to a single PDF file used in the peer-review process. All correspondence, including notification of the Editor's decision and requests for revision, is sent by e-mail.

Submit your article

Our submission system enables authors to track their article - once it has been accepted - through the production process to publication online and in print. Authors can check the status of their articles online and choose to receive automated e-mails at key stages of production. The author will receive an e-mail with a unique link that enables them to register and have their article automatically added to the system. Please ensure that a complete e-mail address is provided when submitting the manuscript.


This section presents detailed instructions on how to prepare and submit a manuscript to Tomography. Questions may be addressed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Manuscript Submission

Manuscripts must be submitted to Tomography via the Journal’s online submission system by a single corresponding author. Only the designated corresponding author will be able to view the submission’s status or make changes to the manuscript.


Abbreviations and nomenclature must follow the recommendations of the International Union of Biochemistry. Use of the International System of Units (SI units) is required; include appropriate conversion factors to aid the reader where appropriate. Drug names should always be generic.

Abbreviations and Acronyms

Nonstandard abbreviations must be spelled out at first mention, with the abbreviated form appearing in parentheses. Thereafter, they should be used without definition. Standard JBMR abbreviations do not need to be defined.


Cover Letter

A cover letter should be provided that briefly outlines the major findings of the study and the potential significance of these findings in the imaging field. Suggested reviewers along with those whom authors would like to be excluded from the review process can be provided during submission process using the on-line software.

Article Structure

Articles should be divided into sections with each subsection is given a brief heading. Each heading should appear on its own separate line. The order of manuscript elements are as follows:

  • Title Page
  • Abstract
  • Introduction
  • Methodology
  • Results
  • Discussion
  • Acknowledgments
  • Disclosure (Provide any conflicts of interest and if none, list as “Nothing to disclose.”)
  • References
  • Scheme (for chemical structures and synthetic chemistry steps)
  • Figure Legends
  • Tables
  • Figures
  • Supplemental Data

Title Page

The title page must include the title, names of the authors with associated affiliations (using superscript 1, 2, 3, etc.). The corresponding author’s address, telephone number, and email address must also be provided. Running Title, Key Words (up to five) and Abbreviations should be listed under separate headings at the bottom of the Title page.


An abstract that briefly summarizes the major findings of the study must be included. It must be a single unstructured paragraph (i.e., there should not be introduction, methods, results sections, etc.), self-explanatory (i.e., completely understandable without reference to the text of the manuscript).


This section should concisely review the rationale for the study and identify what issues are to be addressed. Background information directly pertaining to and necessary for the understanding of the study should also be included. This should clearly place the article within the area being studied and should not describe the outcome of the study in any detail.


This section should carefully describe the methods and materials used, including statistical approaches. Experiments must be outlined in sufficient detail to enable repetition by others, including for example image acquisition information and unique methods associated with digital image processing. Authors are responsible for ensuring that data presented in a manuscript are reproducible and that any differences in these data, upon which the authors draw conclusions, are not merely the result of random variation, (i.e., are statistically significant).

Presentation of the results of statistical analysis

  • Comparative study outcomes should be reported with an estimate of effect size accompanied by confidence interval.
  • Authors should present exact p-values to three decimal places, regardless of level of statistical significance (e.g., p = 0.056), not just “NS” or “p = 0.05.” However, p-values less than 0.001 may be presented as “p = 0.001.”
  • Authors should use standard deviation, not standard error, when describing sample data. These values should be presented as “mean (SD)”.


This section should succinctly state the results without lengthy discussion or interpretation of individual data. Graphical format is often preferable to tabular presentation of data.


Study results should be summarized, though not repeated in detail, to provide context for logical explanations of the reported results and extrapolations or hypotheses drawn from them. The Discussion should conclude by re-stating the major findings of the study in relation to the rationale and aims of the study as outlined in the introduction. A concluding remark regarding wider implications of study findings is expected.


Authors must acknowledge all support for the work, including funding, materials, equipment, drugs, technical assistance, etc.

Tomography Disclosure

Disclosures must be included at the time the manuscript is initially submitted to Tomography or if there are none, state “No disclosures to report” under this section. In addition, please use the link ( to download the pdf form and upload the completed COI form as a separate file during on-line submission of the manuscript.


Authors are responsible for the accuracy of their references. References must be numbered consecutively in the order they appear in the text. Place each reference number in parentheses (#), throughout the text, tables, and legends. If the same reference is used again, re-use the original number. Tomography uses the “Vancouver” reference format for listing authors. Use the author's surname followed by initials without periods. For journal articles, list all authors and DO NOT use “et al.” to truncate the number of authors in the references. For more information, please see With the exception of Vancouver style for listing authors, Tomography has adopted the US National Library of Medicine (NLM) reference format as published in Citing Medicine, 2nd Edition (2007).

Click here to download an EndNote template.



Rodrigues TB, Serrao EM, Kennedy BW, Hu DE, Kettunen MI, Brindle KM. Magnetic resonance imaging of tumor glycolysis using hyperpolarized 13C-labeled glucose. Nat Med. 2014;20:93–7.

Articles with numerous authors should be inclusive of all and list them accordingly

Smith SM, Vidaurre D, Beckmann CF, Glasser MF, Jenkinson M, Miller KL, Nichols TE, Robinson EC, Salimi-Khorshidi G, Woolrich MW, Barch DM, Ugurbil K, Van Essen DC. Functional connectomics from resting-state fMRI. Trends Cogn Sci. 2013;17(12):666-82.

Articles published electronically ahead of the print version:

Venneti S, Dunphy MP, Zhang H, Pitter KL, Zanzonico P, Campos C, et al. Glutamine-based PET imaging facilitates enhanced metabolic evaluation of gliomas in vivo. 2015 Feb 11;7(274):274ra17.


Weissleder R, Ross BD, Rehemtulla A, Gambhir SS. Molecular Imaging. 1st ed. Shelton, CT: People’ Medical Publishing House-USA; 2010.

Reference Links

Increased discoverability of research and high quality peer review are ensured by online links to the sources cited. In order to allow us to create links to abstracting and indexing services, such as PMC and PubMed, please ensure that data provided in the references are correct. Please note that incorrect surnames, journal/book titles, publication year and pagination may prevent link creation. When copying references, please be careful as they may already contain errors. Use of the DOI is encouraged.

Web References

As a minimum, the full URL should be given and the date when the reference was last accessed. Any further information, if known (DOI, author names, dates, reference to a source publication, etc.), should also be given. Web references can be listed separately (e.g., after the reference list) under a different heading if desired, or can be included in the reference list.

Figure Legends (and Scheme Legends for chemical structures)

A separate list of figure legends must be supplied at the end of the manuscript. These should provide sufficient information for the figure to be understood independent of the text. Do not include these legends in the figure files themselves. Additionally, if the manuscript contains chemical or molecular structures, these should be labeled as Schema and placed just preceding the Figure Legends and numbered consecutively (i.e. 1, 2, 3, etc.). Please note that the numbering of chemical Scheme drawings and Figures are independent thus there can be a Scheme 1 and a Figure 1 in the same paper.

Supplemental Material

Supplemental material may be submitted to accompany an article for online-only publication when there is insufficient space or it is not possible to include the material in print. Supplemental material must be important to the understanding and interpretation of the article and should not repeat material from the submission. All supplemental material must be submitted along with the manuscript. Authors are responsible for the final formatting as the supplemental information will be posted as submitted upon acceptance. Tomography will not accept supplemental material after an article has been accepted.


Tables should complement the text without reiterating it. Tables should be numbered consecutively (Table 1, Table 2, etc.) according to the order in which they are cited in text. Each table should have a brief, descriptive title. All necessary information should be contained in the footnote, and the table itself must be understandable independent of the text. Provide each table column with an appropriate heading, and indicate clearly any units of measurement in the table. A key should be provided in the footnote for any symbols used. Tables may be embedded into the manuscript DOC or DOCX file. Superscript notation using sequential letters to indicate statistical significance which is provided in the Table footnotes are preferable to the use of non-sequential symbols.

Figure and Video Formats

Information and resources for Figures and digital art can be found at the following link.

Figures should be labeled with Arabic numerals (Figure 1, Figure 2, etc.) and panels labeled with letters (A, B, C). Figures must not be embedded into a DOC, DOCX, or PDF file, and figures should not include figure legends. Figures must be submitted in TIF or EPS formats and as separate files for each Figure. Figures with multiple panels should all be contained in an organized and labeled format within a single file.

General points

  • Make sure you use uniform lettering and sizing of your original artwork.
  • Embed the used fonts if the application provides that option.
  • Aim to use the following fonts in your illustrations: Arial, Courier, Times New Roman, Symbol, or use fonts that look similar.
  • Number the illustrations according to their sequence in the text.
  • Use a logical naming convention for your artwork files.
  • Provide captions to illustrations separately.
  • Size the illustrations close to the desired dimensions of the published version.
  • Submit each illustration as a separate file.

Tomography also allows the use of videos as primary figures.

Video format specs:

Video Embedding – 50mb max file size – No tracking

  • .flv (highly recommended) – When embedding video, please make sure the video is compatible with the iPad and iPhone.
  • .swf – (swf files must be coded in ActionScript 3.0) When embedding video, please make sure the video is compatible with the iPad and iPhone.
  • .Mp4 – Cenveo will do the conversion to flv. But please keep in mind there may be some quality loss due to the conversion process. There may be additional cost involved to convert.

External link:

Pop-up size recommended at no larger than 1000x550

Recommended resolution:

W-512px x height can be proportionate to the width.

Video Streaming:

  • YouTube - video ID
  • Vimeo – Video ID
  • Flickr – Photo Set ID
  • Soundcloud – Video ID
  • Vidyard – Video ID or Sharing Page “url”
  • Wistia – Video ID
  • Flickr – Album ID (not gallery/photostream)

Audio format specs:

  • .mp3 – (50mb max file size)

Cover Images

Authors wishing to submit images for consideration for use on the front cover of Tomography are welcome to do so.


Publication Standards

Tomography has adopted the recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals ( from ICMJE and Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing (joint statement by COPE, DOAJ, WAME, and OASPA; ( All submitted articles undergo thorough peer review by scientific, clinical and/or biostatistical experts prior to acceptance and publication. As part of the production process, authors are provided with a proof of the accepted manuscript prior to publication.


Tomography will hold copyright to all material published in the Journal however the Author License Agreement allows for Authors to retain the right to share and adapt their work for any purpose (see link above). The author identified as the formal corresponding author for the paper will at the time of submission need to tick the box agreeing to the license agreement on behalf of all authors on the paper. Government employees such as the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) may use the NIH Publishing Agreement in lieu of the standard author agreement.

Duplicate/Redundant Publication

The corresponding author is responsible for ensuring that the manuscript — including all data, figures, tables, and supplementary materials — has not been previously reported or published. Further, it is the responsibility of the corresponding author to ensure that the manuscript has not been, and will not be, submitted to another journal while under review by Tomography. Any Articles providing data from studies that have been the subject of previous publications should acknowledge the original work and have permission for reproduction.

Authorship and Acknowledgment of Contributors

Tomography suggests that the Corresponding Author conforms to the requirements for authorship and acknowledgment of contributors as recommended by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) in the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals, August 2013 update.

Disclosures/Conflicts of Interest

Disclosure of potential conflicts of interest should be done in the “Disclosure” section of individual manuscript along or state “No disclosures to report” under this section. In addition, please use this link to download the pdf form and upload the completed COI form as a separate file during on-line submission of the manuscript.

Clinical Trials

Clinical Trials submitted for publication in Tomography must conform to the “Principles for Protecting Integrity in the Conduct and Reporting of Clinical Trials” published by the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC).

In summary, all patients have a right to privacy that should not be infringed without informed consent. Identifying information, including patients' names, initials, or hospital numbers, should not be published in written descriptions, photographs, and pedigrees unless the information is essential for scientific purposes and the patient (or parent or guardian) gives written informed consent for publication. Informed consent for this purpose requires that a patient who is identifiable be shown the manuscript to be published. Authors should identify Individuals who provide writing assistance and disclose the funding source for this assistance.

Identifying details should be omitted if they are not essential. Complete anonymity is difficult to achieve, however, and informed consent should be obtained if there is any doubt. For example, masking the eye region in photographs of patients is inadequate protection of anonymity. If identifying characteristics are altered to protect anonymity, such as in genetic pedigrees, authors should provide assurance that alterations do not distort scientific meaning and editors should so note.

When informed consent has been obtained it should be clearly indicated in the published article.

Human Subjects/Declaration of Helsinki

Research carried out with human subjects must comply with the World Medical Association Declaration of Helsinki — Ethical Principles for Medical Research Involving Human Subjects. A statement to this effect must appear in the Methods section of the manuscript, including the name of the body that gave approval. Identifying information of human subjects within written descriptions, photographs, or pedigrees should not be published.

Use of Animals in Research

Tomography requires that research carried out on animals must be in compliance with the guiding principles in the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals: Eighth Edition, ISBN-10: 0-309-15396-4. Approval by the appropriate institutional animal care and oversight committee must be indicated in the Method section, along with full husbandry and experimental details (e.g. strain, sex, replicate number).

Availability of Materials and Methods and Data Access

Authors of papers submitted to Tomography must make materials and methods (e.g., cell lines, hybridomas, DNA clones, antibodies, biological reagents, and animal models) described in articles published in Tomography available to scientists in non-commercial institutions for purposes of replicating reported studies. Additionally, any original nucleotide/amino acid sequence data presented in a manuscript must be submitted to GenBank by the authors, and the accession numbers must be included with the submitted manuscript.

Requesting corrections, retractions, or editorial expressions of concern.

Authors with papers published in Tomography which require changes in the form of an erratum or retraction should contact the editor. Readers with concerns regarding published content are encouraged to contact the authors and/or their corresponding institutional representatives to resolve disputes. Institutional officials can contact the journal editorial office with requests along with underpinning and formal documentation to support a particular request.

National Institutes of Health (NIH) Open Access Compliance.

Tomography supports authors by depositing the final version of articles by NIH grant-holders to PubMed Central following publication by the journal. (Authors must first indicate during the submission process that their work was funded by the NIH.)

  • Grapho Publications will automatically deposit the final version to PubMed Central (PMC) approximately 2 weeks after manuscript publication.
  • PMC issues an NIHSMID number and sends an email to the corresponding author to approve submission. The corresponding author’s approval is a critical step in the process.
  • Three months after publication of the version of record (VoR), PMC issues the PMCID. The VoR is the definitive published version of the article that appears in a paginated issue. The VoR has had value added by the publisher such as copyediting, formatting, etc. to become a living part of the scholarly record.
  • Following publication of the VoR, the accepted version appears in PubMed Central.

The NIH mandate applies to all articles based on research that has been wholly or partially funded by the NIH and that are accepted for publication on or after April 7, 2008.

Funding Agencies and Article Repositories

Certain funders, including the NIH, members of the Research Councils UK (RCUK), and Wellcome Trust require deposit of the Accepted Version in a repository after an embargo period. Tomography allows all of its authors to deposit their articles on such repositories immediately upon publication.

Self-archiving Policy

Authors may self-archive the peer-reviewed (but not final) version of their paper on their own personal website, in their company/institutional repository or archive, and in not-for-profit subject-based repositories such as PubMed Central, immediately following publication. The version posted must provide a link to final article.


Submission Fee.

Tomography does not charge a submission fee.

Page Fees. Open access (OA)

To provide open access and offset associated publication costs, Tomography has a publication fee of $1,575 USD per article for up to 8 journal pages, plus $200 for each additional page which will be required to be paid by the authors or their institutions. Payment will be requested just prior to publication.

Color Figures

Articles are not assessed color fees.

Use of the Digital Object Identifier

The Digital Object Identifier (DOI) may be used to cite and link to electronic documents. The DOI consists of a unique alpha-numeric character string which is assigned to a document by the publisher upon the initial electronic publication. The assigned DOI never changes. Therefore, it is an ideal medium for citing a document, particularly 'Articles in press' because they have not yet received their full bibliographic information. Example of a correctly given DOI (in URL format; here an article in the journal Physics Letters B): When you use a DOI to create links to documents on the web, the DOIs are guaranteed never to change.


Online proof correction

Corresponding authors will receive an e-mail with a link to our online proofing system, allowing annotation and correction of proofs online. The environment is similar to MS Word: in addition to editing text, you can also comment on figures/tables and answer questions from the Copy Editor. Web-based proofing provides a faster and less error-prone process by allowing you to directly type your corrections, eliminating the potential introduction of errors. If preferred, you can still choose to annotate and upload your edits on the PDF version. All instructions for proofing will be given in the e-mail we send to authors, including alternative methods to the online version and PDF. We will do everything possible to get your article published quickly and accurately. Please use this proof only for checking the typesetting, editing, completeness and correctness of the text, tables and figures. Significant changes to the article as accepted for publication will only be considered at this stage with permission from the Editor. It is important to ensure that all corrections are sent back to us in one communication. Please check carefully before replying, as inclusion of any subsequent corrections cannot be guaranteed. Proofreading is solely your responsibility.


For an extra charge, paper offprints can be ordered via the offprint order form which is sent once the article is accepted for publication and will be bound with the color cover image of the issue in which the article was published.