Submission guidelines

Manuscript submission and preparation

Title page document

The short and concise title should incorporate, if appropriate, the study design or, for non-clinical or non-research studies, a description of what the article reports.
Furthermore, the title page should include the full name(s) of the author(s), the affiliation(s) and address(es) of the author(s) and the e-mail address, telephone number of the corresponding author.
Please do not include a ‘Running Title’ or Funding information (which should be included in the Disclosure paragraph/Acknowledgements).


Please note that neither the team of authors (additions or deletions), nor their order of appearance can be changed after submission.
Further, the order in which the author names appear in the title page is binding for publication. The manuscript can only be submitted by one of the authors and not by other staff members or assistants; all authors must be listed in the title page as well as in the respective fields in the submission system.
Joint first or last authorship is possible for papers published in Insights into Imaging. When submitting your manuscript, please mention the equal contributions in the title page of your paper.

Main text document containing the following

The abstract should be structured into Objectives – Methods – Results – Conclusions and consist of no more than 250 words (the headings are included in the word count).
Please note that the abstracts of Critical and Educational Reviews, Guidelines, Statements and Opinions do not need to be structured.

In order to aid online searching, three to five keywords should be listed representing the main content of the article.

Key points:
All submissions require 3 to 5 key points that highlight the main message(s) of the article and is aimed at a general audience. Ideally, each key point should contain no more than 12 words and be aimed at a general audience.

Company names:
The policy of Insights into Imaging does not allow company names to be published in titles, abstracts, keywords and key points. However, company names can be written in full (i.e. company, city and country in parentheses) in the main text.

Abbreviations and acronyms:
If abbreviations are used in the text they should be defined in the text at first use, and a list of abbreviations should be provided. Radiation and laboratory measurements should be given using the International System of Units (SI).

The introduction or background section should explain the background to the article, its aims, a summary of a search of the existing literature and the issue under discussion.

Materials and methods:
This section should be given in sufficient detail to permit repetition of the experimental work.

This should state clearly the main conclusions and include an explanation of their relevance or importance to the field.

The discussion should be an interpretation of the results and their significance with reference to work by other authors. The final paragraph should provide a concluding interpretation of the results in terms of the original problem. This conclusion should be succinct and discussion points should not be repeated.

All manuscripts must contain the section ‘Declarations’. Please see below for more information about this section.

Reference list:
The list of references should only include published works that are cited in the text and that have been published. Personal communications and manuscripts that have not been accepted at the point of submission [and have no Digital Object Identifier (DOI) number] can be mentioned within the text in brackets (e.g. “Radiography of the hand” by Brown N, Smith A et al, submitted in August 2009, European Radiology”).
The authors should make efforts to cite papers that are really providing the referred information, and not articles that report opinions of other researchers.
References should be listed in the order that they appear in the text. For further information on reference style see References section below.

Table and Figure legends:
Each Table and Figure must have a legend. These should be listed together after the reference section in the main text file as well as being included in the metadata of the graphic files.

Page numbers:
Please make sure to number the pages in your main document to facilitate the review process. Line numbers for each page will be created automatically in the PDF of your manuscript.

Font, Style:
Submission texts should be double spaced, and in Arial (11pt) or Times New Roman (12pt) font.

Revised and resubmitted manuscripts:
When a revised manuscript is submitted, the authors must take care to include a detailed point-by-point response to the comments raised by the reviewers. Also, apart from a clean copy of the manuscript, a annotated version with track changes, should be included.

Illustrations and tables

Figure and table legends should be listed together after the reference section in the main text file.

Figures and tables should be provided as separate files, not embedded in the main text file.

Recommended file formats for figures: EPS, JPG, TIFF

Figure captions must be brief and provide clear explanations of the illustrations. The file name of each image should include the figure number (e.g. figure_2a.tif) and figure numbers and captions should be included only in the text and not embedded in the figure file.

Tables must be numbered in Arabic numbers and should include a title. All abbreviations in the table must be explained and footnotes in tables are denoted by superscript lower-case letters (or asterisks for significance values and other statistical data).

Mathematical equations should be inserted using the Word equation tool, or formulae can be embedded in the text as image files. It is not possible to upload LaTeX source files or PDFs.


The accuracy of references is the responsibility of the authors.

Citations in the text should be in Arabic numerals typed in square brackets, e.g. [2, 5, 12]. References must be listed in the order in which they appear in the text.

Journal titles should be abbreviated according to the Index Medicus. Only if the complete citation is not available (journal, issue and page range), should the DOI be given. Authors should follow the examples shown below.

Journal articles

1. Ward J, Robinson PJ (2002) How to detect hepatocellular carcinoma in cirrhosis. Eur Radiol 12:2258-2272
2. Ward J, Robinson PJ (2002) How to detect hepatocellular carcinoma in cirrhosis. Eur Radiol. DOI:10.1007/s00330-002-1450-y


3. Larcher W (1995) Physiological plant ecology, 3rd edn. Springer, Berlin Heidelberg New York

Multi-author book

5. World Health Organization (2000) Title of subordinate document. World Health Organization, Geneva. Available via Accessed 26 Oct 2008

Online document

5. World Health Organization (2000) Title of subordinate document. World Health Organization, Geneva. Available via Accessed 26 Oct 2008

If there are 6 authors or less, the names of all authors should be provided (i.e. ‘et al’ should not be used). If there are 7 authors or more, only the names of the first 3 authors in the list should be given followed by ‘et al’

Article types

Original Articles

Original articles should present results from clinical or experimental studies, which are of general interest or of great importance to the development of one of the radiological subspecialties. They should have a clear hypothesis and study design.

Educational review

Educational reviews should primarily focus on educational aspects on the use of imaging criteria and findings in clinical and research aspects.
The abstract of a review article is not required to be structured into Objectives, Methods, Results and Conclusion. However, it should summarise the key issues of the article.

Critical review

Critical reviews should provide an overview on emerging techniques or state-of-the-art topics with an up-to-date and innovative approach. They should serve the radiological and scientific community and allow its members to have access to the best evidence-based knowledge and to foresee the impact of new approaches within the healthcare cycle.
The abstract of a review article is not required to be structured into Objectives, Methods, Results and Conclusion. However, it should summarise the key issues of the article.


Opinion papers are short (approximately 1,000 words) articles of contemporary interest. An “Opinion” is, generally, a “Letter to the Editor” or a commentary to an article (published in Insights into Imaging or another journal).


Treatment and/or diagnostic guidelines from societies or task forces from societies are welcome to be published in Insights into Imaging. They can be considered in full length or in part. Guidelines define the experts’ or social representatives’ opinions.


Statements are evidence based analyses of issues relevant to health services, health care management, public health and health policy. Authors are expected to integrate findings, ideas and/or conceptual frameworks from a variety of sources in a clear and balanced way for our professional improvement.

Case Reports

Case reports should be sent to the European Society of Radiology’s case platform EURORAD, which welcomes the submission of interesting and educational case reports, and makes them accessible for the readers as blinded teaching cases. All articles undergo peer review to maintain the highest possible scientific quality and are fully citable through an individual DOI (digital object identifier) number (


All manuscripts submitted to Insights into Imaging must contain a “Declarations section” at the end of the main text. The information listed below must be included:

  • Ethics approval and consent to participate
  • Consent for publication
  • Availability of data and material
  • Competing interests
  • Funding
  • Authors’ contributions
  • Acknowledgements
  • Authors’ information (optional)

For more information, please visit the SpringerOpen site here.

A template of the “Declarations section” can be downloaded by clicking on the link below. 

Copyright and permission

All articles publishes in Insights into Imaging are open access and immediately accessible at SpringerLink.

For more information regarding copyright and reprinting, please see the Open Acces Section.