Acta Radiologica Guidelines for Authors


For details of our policy on depositing articles in institutional or central repositories, please visit our archiving page.

These instructions comply with the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals formulated by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (for further details, see the ICMJE site).

1. Aims and scopeUnder the editorial leadership of Professor Arnulf Skjennald MD and a distinguished editorial board, the journal aims for the prompt publication of original research articles on diagnostic and interventional radiology, clinical radiology, experimental investigations in animals, and all other research related to imaging procedures. Acta Radiologica provides a complete update on all radiological specialties and technical utilities, as well as physiology and physics related to imaging, including ultrasonography, computed tomography, radionuclide and magnetic resonance imaging.

Acta Radiologica provides a unique international information source for radiologists. Contributions are mainly drawn from Northern European institutions, but high quality research from all parts of the world is regularly included. In addition to original papers, Acta Radiologica also publishes invited review articles, short communications, and technical and instrumental notes.

Acta Radiologica is published by the Scandinavian Societies of Radiology, an association of the radiological societies of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden.

2010 Impact Factor: 1.483

5-year Impact Factor: 1.26

Ranking: 66/111 (Radiology, nuclear medicine & medical imaging)

2. Abstracting and indexing

Acta Radiologica is indexed in PubMed/MEDLINE and Science Citaiton Index among others. For a full list of Indexing services connected to the journal, please contact the Editor.

The 2010 Impact Factor of Acta Radiologica is 1.483 (JCR 2009, Science Citation Index, Thomson Reuters)

3. Guidelines for Authors

Acta Radiologica publishes articles on diagnostic and interventional procedures in radiology based on all medical imaging techniques, as well as works in physiology and physics when related to radiology. Manuscripts dealing with full-length reports, short reports or correspondence will be accepted for consideration. Extensive articles or series can be published as supplements, in which case special conditions apply.

Authors submitting a paper do so on the understanding that the work has not been published before, is not being considered for publication elsewhere, and has been read and approved by all the authors. Submission of the manuscript means that the authors automatically agree to assign exclusive copyright to Royal Society of Medicine (RSM) Press. Articles published in this journal are protected by copyright, which covers translation rights and the exclusive right to reproduce and distribute all articles printed in the journal. No material published in the journal may be stored on microfilm or videocassettes or in electronic databases and the like, or reproduced photographically, without the prior written permission of RSM Press.

Decisions on publication are based on the opinions of at least two reviewers (whose names will not be revealed to authors). Manuscripts are subject to editorial revision. The right is reserved to introduce such changes as may be necessary to make contributions conform to editorial standards. The journal cannot be held responsible for the opinions or statements expressed by its authors.

Online submissions

Acta Radiologica uses ScholarOne Manuscripts, a web-based manuscript submission and handling system available at

Click on ‘online submission’ which directs you to Manuscript Central’s log-in page. Here, either create an account or enter an existing account to log in your ‘author center’ to upload manuscripts. Submit manuscripts as a Word-file and Figures as separate TIFF or EPS files.

Your submission will be acknowledged by an e-mail which includes the Manuscript ID number for your paper. Remember to refer to this number in the subject line of any correspondence with the Editorial Office. You can view the status of your manuscript via your author center.

For further queries, please contact the Acta Radiologica Editorial Office.

All authors are required to declare any conflicts of interest when submitting papers for publication. Declarations of funding sources, a guarantor and a statement of contributorship are also required.

For all manuscripts


All manuscripts must be written in American English. Contributors with a non-English native language are encouraged to seek the help of a competent linguist who is familiar with medical terminology prior to submission. It is the author’s responsibility to have the language revised before submitting the work for publication. Only minor language revisions are provided after submission.

Title page

Title page, including manuscript title, author(s)’s names and surnames, affiliation(s), corresponding author’s name, address, fax and e-mail; must be uploaded as a separate file on Manuscript Central to allow double-blind peer-review.


Structure your Abstract under the headings Background, Purpose, Material and Methods, Results, Conclusion. It is preferred that abstracts do not exceed 300 words. Submit your abstract both in the abstract text box on Manuscript Central and within the manuscript text file.


Choose three to six key words from the drop-down list in Manuscript Central, and preferably expressions not already used in the title of your article. It is preferred that you pick at least one keyword from each of six subject headings on the keyword list. Please also include the keywords within your manuscript text file after the abstract.


Spell out non-standard abbreviations at their first mention in the text followed by the abbreviation in parentheses. Avoid uncommon abbreviations and clinical jargon.

General advice notes

Do not use footnotes, but instead incorporate the information in parentheses within the main text. Supply figure legends, tables and their headings on a separate page. Revise your article carefully and remove inessential material before you upload it at ManuscriptCentral. Carefully review the PDF file that will be created automatically by the ManuscriptCentral system and especially check that the main manuscript file is anonymised and that the order of figures and tables in the document are correct before you click the submit button.

Correspondence and Short Communications

Short reports, not exceeding two or three journal pages, can be fast-tracked to publication in Acta Radiologica. These are original studies on limited subjects, or, occasionally, interesting cases. Arrange the manuscript according to the instructions for full-length reports, but keep the length of the Introduction and Discussion to a minimum. Case reports should start with an unstructured abstract, followed by a short Introduction, the case history, and the Discussion. The number of Tables, Figures, and references should be kept to a minimum. Casual observations, the application of diagnostic or therapeutic measures or, for instance, modifications of procedures, are published in the journal as Correspondence (maximum 600 words, i.e. one printed page). Arrange the manuscript in the style of a Letter to the Editor, without subheadings, and list no more than five references. If necessary, include one short table or one single column-width illustration. The editorial processing of manuscripts for correspondence and short communications is rapid. When submitting these types of studies at Manuscript Central, write N/A in the abstract box.

Units and Mathematics

Use the International System of Units (SI). Enter a zero preceding a decimal value below 1 (i.e. 0.123). Display mathematical expressions distinctly. In hand-written equations on scanned documents, distinguish e from c, u from n, and r from v, and capitals and lower case letters that are often indistinguishable when hand-written; also primes and apostrophes. Use the solidus (/) for fractions and exp (…) when the exponent is complicated. In displayed formulae, the horizontal fraction line is to be preferred.


Graphic elements and illustrations are accepted if providing unique data that can not be described in the text, and should be clearly marked with Arabic numbers as they appear in the text. To ensure correct placement in the journal layout, note the figure reference (abbreviated) within parentheses when referring to the figure in text, e.g. (Fig. 1).

Figure files should be kept as separate files, in TIF, EPS, PDF or JPG format. Providing these formats will guarantee that the quality of the graphics is good throughout the publishing process, if provided with sufficient resolution.

Photographic illustrations should be rendered with at least 300 dpi; please use CMYK color conversion if possible. Graphs made with Office software such as Microsoft Excel, can be provided in their original format to facilitate conversion into printable format with preserved quality. Any other line graphs/illustrations should preferably be provided in EPS format with a resolution of at least 600 dpi to prevent ragged lines when printed. A figure image should be at least 160 mm in width at the appropriate resolution. For further guidance on how to prepare your digital image see .


References should follow the Vancouver format. In the text they should appear as numbers starting at 1. At the end of the paper they should be listed (double-spaced) in numerical order corresponding to the order of citation in the text. All authors should be quoted for papers with up to three authors; for papers with more than three authors, list the first three followed by ‘et al.‘. Abbreviations for titles of medical periodicals should conform to those used in the latest edition of Index Medicus. The first and last page numbers for each reference must be provided. Abstracts and letters must be identified as such. Articles that have been accepted for publication but not yet published should be listed as ‘in press’.


1. Jakobsen JÅ, Brabrand K, Egge TS, et al. Review Article. Doppler examination of the allografted kidney. Acta Radiol 2003;44:3-12

2. Avni EF, Hall M, Damry N, et al. Vesico-ureteric reflux. In: Fotter R, ed. Pediatric Uroradiology. Berlin: Springer, 2001:121

For further examples, please turn to the guidelines from the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals: .

Author proofs

Proofs will be sent by email to the designated corresponding author as a PDF file attachment and should be corrected and returned promptly; corrections should be kept to a minimum. Authors are advised that they are responsible for proofreading of the text, references, tables and figures for absolute accuracy.

Additional material or major corrections cannot be accepted at this stage, nor is substantial rewriting of paragraphs permitted. Such extensive changes may result in a delay or withdrawal of the article from publication. Any costs arising from major additional changes may also be charged to the authors.


It is a condition of publication that authors assign copyright or license the publication rights of the contents of their articles, including abstracts, to RSM Press. This enables full copyright protection and dissemination of the article and the Journal, to the widest possible readership in electronic and print formats. A document to verify this will be sent with the proofs. This document should be signed by the corresponding author and returned to the publisher for archiving. To read more about RSM Press’ policy and guidelines regarding copyright, see .


Neither journals nor reprints of articles are delivered free of charge, but can be purchased, provided the order is placed when the proofs are returned. Charges are higher if reprint requests are ordered after the issue has gone to press.

Ethics and consent

When reporting experiments on human subjects, indicate whether the procedures followed were in accordance with the ethical standards of the responsible committee on human experimentation and with the Helsinki Declaration of 1975, as revised in 1983. Do not use patients’ names, initials, or hospital numbers, especially in illustrative material. Papers including animal experiments or clinical trials must be accompanied by an approval by the local ethics committee. Please give date of issue and registration number.

Identifying information 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 the patient be shown the manuscript to be published.

All articles submitted to Acta Radiologica must comply with the instructions above. Failure to do so will result in return of the manuscript and possible delay in publication.