Concepts in Magnetic Resonance Part A

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Edited By: Daniel D. Traficante

Impact Factor: 1.0

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2014: 29/34 (Physics Atomic Molecular & Chemical); 32/44 (Spectroscopy); 103/125 (Radiology Nuclear Medicine & Medical Imaging); 113/139 (Chemistry Physical)

Online ISSN: 1552-5023

Associated Title(s): Concepts in Magnetic Resonance Part B: Magnetic Resonance Engineering

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Aim and Scope

Concepts in Magnetic Resonance consolidates the lore of magnetic resonance into effective and easily understandable presentations for practitioners. The journal provides a forum for researchers to discuss fundamental aspects of magnetic resonance, both old and new, that relate to their research, but are difficult to include in a research paper. Such articles are clearly valuable to the larger magnetic resonance community in conveying an understanding of basic principles and are expected to be useful for instruction in research settings. Articles are expected to maintain the highest standards of scientific and educational rigor and substance. The target audience consists of advanced undergraduate and graduate students, laboratory technical personnel, scientists new to magnetic resonance, and to more experienced scientists who wish to broaden their comprehension of magnetic resonance concepts as the field grows and expands. Each article must not only be scientifically sound but must also have a pedagogical delivery.

Types of Articles

CMR publishes three types of articles:

Pedagogical and Review Articles. Articles must not only be scientifically sound, but must also have an exceptionally clear pedagogical approach and delivery.

Notes. Short manuscripts consisting of 1 to 5 pages may be considered a note and will be peer-reviewed.

Letters to the Editors. Comments on published articles and controversial issues will be considered for publication as Letters to the Editor. Letters may be peer-reviewed.

Editorial Process and Policies

All manuscripts will be assessed initially by the Editor and then sent for external review to experts in the field. When a decision is reached, a decision letter will be sent to the authors, including the comments of the referee(s). To aid in the peer review, authors are invited to suggest potential reviewers of their manuscript and are asked to include the potential reviewer’s contact information in their cover letter. The receipt of the manuscript will be acknowledged by e-mail and the assigned manuscript number will be provided at that time. Authors submitting a manuscript to Concepts in Magnetic Resonance agree that the work is original in presentation and content, has not been published elsewhere (including being posted on any site on the internet), nor is simultaneously under submission as a complete manuscript with another journal. Publication in any reasonably retrievable source constitutes prior publication, but meeting abstracts or preprints do not. If parts of the manuscripts have been presented at a scientific meeting, this should be indicated on the title page.

Photographs of People: Concepts in Magnetic Resonance follows current HIPAA guidelines for the protection of patient/subject privacy. If an individual pictured in a digital image or photograph can be identified, his or her permission is required to publish the image. The corresponding author must either submit a letter signed by the patient authorizing Concepts in Magnetic Resonance to publish the image/photo, or complete the 'Standard Release Form for photographic consent available here or by clicking the “instructions and Forms” link on the ScholarOne Manuscripts submission site. The approval must be received by the Editorial Office prior to final acceptance of the manuscript for publication. Otherwise, the image/photo must be altered such that the individual cannot be identified (black bars over eyes, tattoos, scars, etc.). Concepts in Magnetic Resonance will not publish patient photographs that will in any way allow the patient to be identified, unless the patient has given their express consent.

Editors reserve the right to reject papers if there are doubts as to whether appropriate procedures have been used.

Early View

Concepts in Magnetic Resonance is covered by Wiley’s Early View service. Early View articles are complete full-text articles published online in advance of their publication in a printed issue. Articles are therefore available as soon as they are ready, rather than having to wait for the next scheduled print issue. Early View articles are complete and final. They have been fully reviewed, revised and edited for publication, and the authors’ final corrections have been incorporated. Because they are in final form, no changes can be made after online publication. The nature of Early View articles means that they do not yet have volume, issue or page numbers, so Early View articles cannot be cited in the traditional way. They are therefore given a Digital Object Identifier (DOI), which allows the article to be cited and tracked before it is allocated to an issue. After print publication, the DOI remains valid and can continue to be used to cite and access the article.

Manuscript Preparation

Manuscripts must be submitted to the Editor in a word file (doc or rtf), or LaTeX for text and tables, and a TIFF, or EPS file for figures. Manuscripts must be submitted to the Editor in a word file (doc or rtf), or LaTeX for text and tables, and a TIFF, or EPS file for figures.

Manuscripts must be written in English. Improper use of the English language will weaken the presentation. All text is to be typed double spaced. Every page of the submitted manuscript is to be numbered.

A pedagogical approach with scientific accuracy can cause manuscripts to become lengthy. Manuscripts are not limited to a specific number of pages. Pedagogy is more critical than length. In some instances, however, lengthy manuscripts may need to be broken into two or more parts. Multiple-part manuscripts should be submitted in their entirety. A different abstract is required for each part. An introduction and summary are recommended for each part. The labeling of new equations, figures, tables and references should begin with the Roman numeral I in each part. In parts subsequent to Part I, equations referenced from earlier parts should be prefaced by the corresponding Roman numeral (i.e. equation 4 from Part I would be referenced [I-4], equation 10 from Part II would be referenced [II-10].

Title Page. The first page of the manuscript should contain the manuscript title, all authors’ names and contact information. The corresponding author and contact information must be clearly indicated, and if applicable, an alternate corresponding author with contact information should be provided.

Abstract. Following the title page, a 100-250 word abstract must be provided. This should concisely describe the substantive content. Because the abstract may be used directly by an abstracting service, it must be self-contained, having no references to formulas, equations, or bibliographic citations that appear in the body of the manuscript.

Key Words. A listing of key words must accompany all manuscripts. Key words are terms that are essential to the understanding of the text, and will become part of the Subject Index that appears annually in the October issue.

Titles of Sections. The use of headings (i.e. Introduction, Discussion, Acknowledgements, References, etc.) should appear in capital letters. Subheadings also may be used and should appear in upper- and lower-case letters.

Symbols, Abbreviations, and Acronyms. The American Chemical Society’s latest edition of the Handbook for Authors or the Style Manual of the American Institute of Physics are to be followed for standard abbreviations, names and symbols for units. If computer capability is not available, Greek letters or mathematical symbols may be identified in pencil in the margin. Acronyms and abbreviations must be written out where they first appear in the text, followed by the acronym or abbreviation in parentheses. Thereafter, they may appear in their shortened forms.

Mathematical Expressions. Italicize all variables and leave constants in roman typeface. Vectors are bold roman.

Equations. All equations should be numbered consecutively. Complicated structural formulas must be submitted as figures.

Preparation of Figures. Figures are to be numbered consecutively, be accurately grouped, and clearly labeled. They may be submitted in TIFF or EPS format. Vector-based figures (usually created in Adobe Illustrator) should be submitted as EPS. Do not submit figures in the following formats: JPEG, GIF, Word, Excel, PDF, PowerPoint, or Lotus 1-2-3.

Graphs must show an appropriate grid scale. Each axis must be labeled with both the quantity measured and the unit of measurement.

All color figures will be reproduced in full color at no cost to authors. Authors may submit color illustrations that highlight the text and convey essential scientific information.

Tables. Tables are to be numbered consecutively, be accurately grouped, and clearly labeled. Footnotes to the table are placed directly below each table and are indicated by superscript, lower-case, italic letters ( a,b,c ). No table should be longer than one journal page.

Footnotes. Authors are asked not to use footnotes within the text of the manuscript. All relevant material should be placed into the text of the manuscript.

Questions & Answers. To be consistent with our pedagogical approach, authors are encouraged to submit "Questions & Answers" that pertain to their manuscripts and that could serve as a Self Test. This feature is optional and will not affect acceptance or rejection of manuscripts submitted for publication. Additional magnetic resonance related "Questions & Answers" are also welcome. For the answers to multiple-choice questions, please circle the correct answer and explain why it is correct and why the others are not.

References. Literature references are to be cited in order of appearance in the text by in-line, parenthesized, italic numerals. References to “unpublished” or “to be published” works should not be used. However, dissertations may be cited, and manuscripts actually accepted may be referred to as “in press” if the name of the journal is included. Each reference should contain the authors’ initials, last names, year, article title (in quotes), journal name (italicized), volume (bold), and initial and final page numbers, in that order. The name of the journal should be abbreviated in the style of the most recent Chemical Abstracts Service Source index.


Journal references shall include the specified information listed in the following order: Authors, year, article title and subtitle, journal abbreviation, volume number in Arabic numerals, and inclusive pages.

1. Lawrence CW, Bonny A, Showalter SA. 2011. “The disordered C-terminus of the RNA polymerase II phosphatase fcp1 is partially helical in the unbound state”. Biochem Biophys Res Commun 410:461–465.

Book references are listed as follows: Authors, title, edition (if other than the first), volume (if more than one), city, publisher, year, page(s).

2. Abragam A. The principles of nuclear magnetism. Oxford: Clarendon; 1961. 4 p.

Book chapter references are listed as: Authors of the chapter, title of the chapter, A In : @ editors/authors of the book, title of the book, edition (if there are more than one), volume (if there are more than one), city, publisher, year, and inclusive pages of the chapter.

3. Luketich JD, Ginsberg RJ. Diagnosis and staging of lung cancer. In: Johnson BE, Johnson DH. Lung Cancer. New York: Wiley-Liss; 1995. p 103–33.

Theses are referenced as follows:

4. Kanter H. Title, Ph. D. Theses. University of California at San Francisco; December 1984.

Patents are referenced as follows:

5. Norman LO. Title, U.S. Patent 4 379 752. 1983

Photos and Biographies. Authors are asked to submit a 50-100 word biographical sketch and a photo. The photo should be TIFF at 300 dpi so that it can be formatted to the size required. The sketch and photo will be published.

Submission Procedures

Online Submission

Prepare manuscript and illustrations in appropriate format (refer to “Manuscript Preparation” above). Go to the following submission site: to create an account by clicking on the “Create an Account” button.

Carefully review the Instructions and Forms given at the site, and then allow the system to guide you through the submission process. Online help is available to you at all times during the process. The site allows you to exit and re-enter at any stage before finally “submitting” your work. It also allows you to monitor the progress of your manuscript throughout the review process by logging into the Author Center. All submissions are kept strictly confidential. For additional questions, contact .


Prepare manuscript and illustrations in appropriate format (refer to “Manuscript Preparation” above). A cover letter must accompany the manuscript clearly stating the corresponding author’s name, address, e-mail, phone and fax numbers as well as any recommendations for potential reviewers. For manuscripts written by more than one author, an alternate corresponding author should be designated in the event the primary author cannot be reached. The address, e-mail, phone and fax numbers for this alternate should also be provided in the cover letter.

Completion of Review Process

Accepted Manuscripts. When a manuscript is accepted for publication, the corresponding author is notified by e-mail, and the accepted manuscript is sent to the publisher for typesetting, copy-editing, and printing. A galley proof of the typeset and copy-edited version will be sent to the author via e-mail for approval. Any changes must be reported immediately to Wiley. Any questions concerning the galleys may be directed to the editor's office or the publisher.

Revised Manuscripts. With the revised Manuscript, please provide a detailed list of changes that have been made as well as a listing of those suggestions you have not addressed and why. In certain instances, a revised manuscript may need to be returned to the original reviewers for reassessment, which may cause a slight delay in the review process of the revised manuscript. The Editor maintains the option of rejecting a manuscript in a second or third round of revision if the specific concerns have not been met.

Rejected Manuscripts. Manuscripts can be rejected based upon the opinion of the Editor, or the comments of external reviewers. CD’s/diskettes of rejected manuscripts will be returned upon request only. Concepts in Magnetic Resonance is unable to assure the return of any hard copies of manuscripts as it cannot guarantee their return from reviewers

Copyright, Licencing and OnlineOpen

Accepted papers will be passed to Wiley’s production team for publication. The author identified as the formal corresponding author for the paper will receive an email prompting them to login into Wiley’s Author Services, where via the Wiley Author Licensing Service (WALS) they will be asked to complete an electronic license agreement on behalf of all authors on the paper.

Authors may choose to publish under the terms of the journal’s standard copyright transfer agreement (CTA), or under open access terms made available via Wiley OnlineOpen.

Standard Copyright Transfer Agreement: FAQs about the terms and conditions of the standard CTA in place for the journal, including standard terms regarding archiving of the accepted version of the paper, are available at: Copyright Terms and Conditions FAQs.

Note that in signing the journal’s licence agreement authors agree that consent to reproduce figures from another source has been obtained.

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Author Guidelines updated 4 August 2015