International Journal of Imaging Systems and Technology

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Edited By: Seung-Schik Yoo and Emily Stern

Impact Factor: 0.639

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2012: 14/23 (Imaging Science & Photographic Technology); 61/80 (Optics); 172/243 (Engineering Electrical & Electronic)

Online ISSN: 1098-1098

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Author Guidelines

Scope: The International Journal of Imaging Systems and Technology - Neuroimaging and Brain Mapping (IMA) publishes original works relevant to imaging systems and their applications in the field of Neuroscience.

In early 2010, the International Journal of Imaging Systems and Technology - Neuroimaging and Brain Mapping began broadly focusing on the field of Neuroscience, including relevant algorithmic research and hardware and software development. The Journal publishes general-interest articles on neuroimaging. The scope of the Journal includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Imaging and neuroimaging modalities: MRI, fMRI, PET, SPECT, CT, ultrasound, etc.
  • Software and hardware for imaging, especially related to human and animal health
  • Brain disease: stroke, tumors, lesions, cerebral vascular disease, psychiatric conditions, mental disorders, etc.
  • Human and animal neuroscience including cognitive processing, etc.
  • Functional brain mapping
  • Neuromodulation techniques
  • Normal aging and dementias
  • Neuroradiology
  • Clinical studies on the human/animal brain
  • Image databases for the human/animal brain
  • Computer-vision, based on human/animal physiology
  • Optical imaging and holography
  • Physiological imaging

Please note that we are no longer able to accept manuscripts related to:

  • Radar and synthetic aperture imaging
  • Seismic and geophysical imaging
  • Sensor materials/sensing techniques without the inclusion or relevance/focus on the human/animal brain;
  • Algorithm-based image processing techniques without the inclusion or relevance/focus on the human/animal brain
  • Image compression techniques without the inclusion or relevance/focus on the human/animal brain

Occasional special issues or sections consist of collections of papers on specific topical areas or collections of full length papers based in part on oral or poster presentations given at IMA-sponsored conferences. Review articles are also published in all of these areas.

Editorial Process
During the electronic submisson process, authors will be asked to enter information in regards to potential reviewers (at least five, excluding the Editorial board members), selected from the pool of international experts in the field-of-interest. All submitted manuscripts are reviewed by at least five reviewers, who are experts on the subject matter of the manuscript, to assure novelty, accuracy and the appropriate application of the scientific and technologic methods. Based on the feedback of the reviewers, a section editor assigns a decision along with the recommendations back to the authors.

The quality of a technical paper depends, in part, on its readability. Completeness and readability are therefore key to acceptance criteria for IMA. We recommend that authors consider using editorial services of their choice prior to submission, especially if English is not their primary language. We've found that those who systematically have papers professionally edited are more likely to get recognized in their profession.

The Journal is published in English. The Editors will help only with minor revisions in English; a manuscript may be rejected if it requires major rewriting in English.

Manuscript Categories
Research Papers are normally 6-10 published pages, but longer papers will also be considered. (Assume 900 words/page, with a figure consuming 250 words and a displayed equation 40 words). Each paper must include an abstract of 300 words or less.

Comments on another author's work will be sent to him or her so that a reply can be published along with the comment. The editorial office will participate in the communication process and its publishable contents.

Manuscript submission
Submission of a manuscript amounts to the assurance that is has not been published or accepted for publication elsewhere, that it is not under consideration elsewhere, and that it will not be submitted elsewhere while it is considered for publication in this Journal.
Prior publication does not include abstracts or short papers published in peer-reviewed conference proceedings, but it is expected that the paper submitted to the Journal will expand the scrope and/or detail the content of the presentation made or published at the conference.

Where to Submit your Manuscript. IMA welcomes submitted manuscripts online at: Online submissions offers receipt of manuscript on the day of submission, expedited transfer to reviewers; status review by authors of online submissions; and e-mail notification of manuscript disposition received by the corresponding author on the day of the decision.

ScholarOne Manuscripts does not accept a single file upload from the author. Text, tables, and figures will need to be uploaded individually. Do not embed figures or tables in the document. A delay in processing your paper for review will ensure if we have to get back to you to ask that you carry out this submission requirement.


  • Please submit your manuscript online at
  • Click on "Check for Existing Account".

If you do not already have an account, click on "Create an Account". Log in, register and obtain a password. Pelase have the following information ready:

For each author:

  • first name, middle initial, and last name; also title (e.g., Dr., Prof.)
  • order of apperance in the list of authors
  • e-mail address
  • primary (work) telephone number
  • primary (work) fax number
  • postal address, including epartment and institution

Full title of the manuscript
Abstract of the manuscript (less than 300 words)
Subject-matter key words for the manuscript
Suggested and/or excluded reviewers (include name, e-mail address, and institution). Please suggest at least 5 potential reviewers (excluding the Editorial board members), selected from the pool of international experts. If the suggested reviewers are slected mainly from a local area, especially from the country of main authorship, the manuscript will be returned without review.

Required Electronic files (properly prepared) for:

  • cover letter (will be accessible to editors only, not to reviewers) must let the Editor know whether the manuscript is submitted as a regular paper or contributed to a special section of the Journal. If it is contributed to a Special Section, please give the title of the Special Section it is to be contributed for.
  • manuscript text only (acceptable formats are Microsoft Word, or WordPerfect)
  • illustrations (one file for each cited figure number, acceptable formats are JPEG or TIFF) they have to be separate files not embedded in the manuscript. The maximum number of figures is limited to 10 in the main part of the manuscript.
  • list of captions for each figure and table

Conflict of Interest disclosure;

  • IMA requires that all authors disclose any potential sources of conflict of interest. Any interest or relationship, financial or otherwise, that might be perceived as influencing an author's objectivity, is considered a potential source of conflict of interest. These must be disclosed when directly relevant or indirectly related to the work that the authors describe in their manuscript. Potential sources of conflict of interest include but are not limited to patent or stock ownership, membership of a company board of directors, membership of an advisory board or committee for a company, and consultancy for or receipt of speaker's fees from a company. The existence of a conflict of interest does not preclude publication in this journal. If the authors have no conflict of interest to declare, they must also state this at submission
  • It is the responsibility of the corresponding authors to review this policy with all authors and to colelctively list in the cover letter to the Editor-in-Chief, in the manuscript (under the Acknowledgement section), and in the online submission system ALL pertinent commercial and other relationships. When completing your declaration, please refer to the general guideline.
  • If your are not sure as to what to declare, please contact the editorial office for more information.

Optional electronic files:

  • manuscript with embedded illustrations in PDF file format
  • supplemental material to aid the reviewers (including auxiliary documents, figures, and table files)
  • multimedia files (including datasets, audio and video files)


All text should be double spaced on 8-1/2 x 11-in. (preferred) or A4 size page format. Use only Latin or Greek letters and Arab or Roman numerals. The resolution of line art as well as halftones should be at least 600 dpi. Photographs should be 300 dpi.

Title and Abstract Page: The address and affiliation of each author should be included. An abstract, consisting of up to 300 words, should be a concise statement of objectives, methods and materials used, results and conclusions of the work. Below the abstract there should be a brief list of keywords.

Style: The article should be structured to include the following sections:

State the objectives of the work and provide adequate background information for readers.

Material and methods
Provide sufficient details on the materials and/or methods to allow others to reproduce the work. Please use reference(s) if the particular techniques are already published elsewhere.

[Information on protecting research subjects, patients, and experimental animals] The section should also state that the work was approved by the relevant research ethics committee or institutional review board (IRB). If human participants were involved, the section must be accompanied by a statement that the experiments were undertaken with the understanding and appropriate, informed consent of each. If experimental animals were used, the section must clearly indicate that appropriate measures were taken to minimize pain or discomfort, and describe the details of animal care. The Journal suggests that all these standards are defined by the lead investigator's national standards.

Results section is designed to provide information about the outcome of experiemtns and study content.

The section should provide the significane of the results of the work, with relevant background information. If appropriate, Results and Discussion sections may be combined. Unless it's a review article, avoid excessive citations and discussions of published literature. A Conclusion section, consisting of a short paragraph, can be added to summarize the main findings and contributions of the study.

If it is needed, additional information can be presented via the use of an Appendix Section. Formulae and equations in appendices should be given separate numbering: Eq. (A.1), Eq. (A.2), etc.; in a subsequent appendix, Eq. (B.1) and so on. Similarly for tables and figures: Table A.1; Fig. A.1, etc.

Fonts: The Journal prefers the use of the following fonts: Helvetica, times or Times Roman

Units: Metric (SI) units are strongly preferred. English units may be used parenthetically, e.g., 120 Cd/M2 (35 fL).

Figures and Tables may NOT be embedded in the text, and they should be included in one or more separate files. Every illustration and table is to be identified in the submitted manuscript, e.g., Fig. 1, Table 1. etc. Each figure should have 300 dpi resolution when reproduced in 3in width.

Figure and table captions should be presented as a complete list, starting on a separate page, even if they are also included with the figures. Captions should be sufficiently clear that the figures can be understood without reference to the paper text. The axes of graphs should have self-explanatory labels. Units must be stated on the axes, elsewhere on the graph, or in the caption.

Equations: Number equations consecutively with Arabic numbers.

References: All manuscripts publishe din the Journal are to be fully referenced. References are to be listed alphabeticaly by author (i.e., in bibliographic fashion). Citations within the text should be by author's last name followed by the year of publication. Sample reference style is as follows:

T. Beth, D. Jungnickel, and H. Lenz, Design theory, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, England, 1986.

P.K. Brayton, D. Coppersmith, and A.J. Hoffman, self-orthogonal Latin squares, Teorie Combinatorie, Proc Rome Conf, 1976, pp. 509-517.

E.S. Kramer, S.S. Magliveras, and D.M. Mesner, t-designs from the large Mathieu groups, Discrete Math 36 (1981), 171-189.

C.C. Lindner and C.A. Rodger, "Decomposition into cycles II," Cycle systems in contemporary design theory: A collection of surveys, J.H. Dinitz and D.R. Stinson (Editors), Wiley, New York, 1992, pp. 325-369.

Avoidance of Trademarks and Patents:Authors may not use any trademarks or patented names, product names and numbers, or marketing or promotional phrases that in any way are associated with the subject of the paper. Similarly, the names of the sponsoring commercial, academic, or governmental organizations may not be used in the body or the text.  These items may be included in footnotes, references, or acknowledgments if they are necessary to improve communication of the scientific or technical results to the readers, or if the sponsor requires that the author acknowledge such sponsorship.  Exceptions are made when authors use trade or product names to describe substrates, other display components, display materials, or manufacturing or test equipment used during the course of the research work reported about.  The Editors will, however, review all these exceptions and may disallow them if they violate the original intent of this policy.

A limited number of color figures that are of critical importance and that significantly enhance the presentation will be considered for publication at the publisher’s expense.
  Color separations or transparencies (negatives or positives) are optimal.  Color slides are preferable to color prints.  Any cropping of the color figure should be clearly indicated.  Final decision on publication of color figures will be at the discretion of the Editor.

To ensure that your digital graphics are suitable for print purposes, please go to Rapid Inspector TM at This free, stand-alone software application will help you to inspect and verify illustrations right on your computer.


Authors are responsible for obtaining clearance to use any copyrighted material in their paper, and written authorization for such use must be provided before the paper is published. You are also responsible for identifying and acknowledging any trademarks or service marks used in your manuscript.

Page charges:There are no page charges associated with publishing in IMA.

Copyright Information

Only original papers will be accepted and copyright in published papers will be vested in the publisher. It is the author's responsibility to obtain written permission to reproduce material that has appeared in another publication.

If your paper is accepted, the author identified as the formal corresponding author for the paper will receive an email prompting them to login into Author Services; where via the Wiley Author Licensing Service (WALS) they will be able to complete the license agreement on behalf of all authors on the paper.

For authors signing the copyright transfer agreement

If the OnlineOpen option is not selected the corresponding author will be presented with the copyright transfer agreement (CTA) to sign. The terms and conditions of the CTA can be previewed in the samples associated with the Copyright FAQs below:

CTA Terms and Conditions

For authors choosing OnlineOpen

If the OnlineOpen option is selected the corresponding author will have a choice of the following Creative Commons License Open Access Agreements (OAA):

Creative Commons Attribution License OAA

Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License OAA

Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial -NoDerivs License OAA

To preview the terms and conditions of these open access agreements please visit the Copyright FAQs hosted on Wiley Author Services and visit

If you select the OnlineOpen option and your research is funded by The Wellcome Trust and members of the Research Councils UK (RCUK) you will be given the opportunity to publish your article under a CC-BY license supporting you in complying with Wellcome Trust and Research Councils UK requirements. For more information on this policy and the Journal’s compliant self-archiving policy please visit:

Electronic Proofing

In order to expedite the publication and on-line posting of articles in Wiley Online Library, the International Journal of Imaging Systems and TechnologyNeuroimaging and Brain Mapping now offers electronic proofing. Corresponding authors with e-mail addresses will be sent page proofs (and paperwork, such as reprint order forms) in pdf format via e-mail. Please follow the instructions in the e-mail; contact names and numbers are given for questions, problems, or if an author wishes to receive a paper proof. A fax cover form with the Production Editor’s information is also provided for authors to fax their corrections.


Corresponding authors: Effective in 2010, in lieu of a complimentary copy, free access to the final PDF offprint of your article will be available via Author Services only. Please therefore sign up for Author Services if you would like to access your article PDF offprint and enjoy the many other benefits the service offers. Should you wish to purchase additional copies of your article, please click on the link and follow the instructions provided:

This journal is a member of and subscribes to the principles of the Committee on Publication Ethics. More detailed information can be found at:
COPE - Committee on Publication Ethics

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