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Author Guidelines

Guidelines for Authors

Radiologic Science & Education (RS&E) is the journal of the Association of Educators in Imaging and Radiologic Sciences (AEIRS) and is refereed by an independent Editorial Review Board (ERB) of eminent scholars in radiologic sciences education. Articles are accepted across a wide range of scientific investigations, commentaries, and research in subjects pertaining to the purposes of the Association.

These purposes include advancing the knowledge base of imaging and radiologic sciences, establishing and maintaining high standards of education, exchanging educational concepts and methodologies at all levels in imaging and radiologic sciences, stimulating interest in academic advancement and teaching, advancing the profession of imaging and radiologic sciences and related areas through research, dissemination of works, and fostering mutual cooperation and understanding between imaging and radiologic sciences educators and other groups. Included among these purposes are investigations in the imaging and radiologic sciences, education, professionalism, international issues in the imaging and radiation sciences, and other items of potential interest to the membership of AEIRS.

Manuscript Submission

Manuscripts should be submitted to Kathleen Kienstra, Chair of the Journal’s Editorial Review Board (ERB), by email: kathy.kienstra@health.slu.edu.

The manuscript will be blinded and sent to the Editorial Review Board. The Chair of the ERB will contact the corresponding author with reviews and recommendations approximately eight-to-twelve weeks after manuscript submittal.

A signed, physical Copyright Stipulations statement (see below) will be requested by the ERB chair for all manuscripts accepted for publication. At that time, the Copyright Stipulation should be emailed to Kathleen Kienstra, Chair of the Journal’s Editorial Review Board (ERB), at: kathy.kienstra@health.slu.edu.

Copyright Stipulations

In compliance with the Copyright Revision Act of 1976, the following written statement must accompany all accepted submissions and must be signed and dated by all authors of the work:

Upon acceptance by the journal of the Association of Educators in Imaging and Radiologic Sciences, Inc., all copyright ownership of the work (enter title of the submitted work) is transferred and assigned to the Association of Educators in Imaging and Radiologic Sciences, Inc. I/We accept responsibility of the release of any part of or all of the material contained within the above work. I/We certify that the work submitted is original, is not libelous or unlawful, does not infringe on any common law or statutory copyright, and has not been submitted to another publication for concurrent consideration.

This copyright requirement does not apply to work prepared by United States government employees, according to its official rules.

Manuscript Format

Manuscripts will be accepted for consideration as follows:

  • Types of articles published in RS&E:

    • Research Report: A full-length report of original research that advances educational theory or demonstrates insights and/or relationships in educational practices in the imaging and radiologic sciences. A research report must contain a title page, introduction, review of the literature, hypothesis, methodology, findings, and discussion.

    • Literature Review: A current review and interpretation of the literature on a well-defined topic that has significance to imaging and radiologic sciences education. Of particular importance are distillation of large quantities of information, integration of past findings, identification of gaps in the literature, and application of findings to imaging and radiologic science education. The review should include a summary, assessment of the strengths and weaknesses in past research, critique of the current status of the topic, and areas needing further study. Literature reviews contain a statement of purpose, a brief outline of the methodology, content summary, conclusions, and recommendations. Manuscripts that do not critically analyze findings are not acceptable.

    • Case Report: A detailed description of the management of a unique education-related problem. Case reports must include the following four sections: background, case description, outcomes, and discussion. The description of the case includes the relevant characteristics of the situation, examination/evaluation methods, a description of the interventions that were provided, and the outcomes.

    • Technical Note: A description of a new instrument, procedure, or technology relevant to the practice of imaging and radiologic science that is useful for educators in the field.

    • Letter to the Editor: A letter related to professional issues or articles published in RS&E. Letters will be reviewed and selected for publication by the Executive Editor based on the relevance, importance, appropriateness, and timeliness of the topic.

    • Invited Commentary: An expert's point of view concerning an article published in RS&E. Commentaries are invited by the Executive Editor and immediately follow the article discussed. Authors of the manuscript under commentary are given the opportunity to respond to the expert's point of view.

  • The manuscript must be submitted in a common word-processing application, such as Microsoft Word, and include all attachments, tables, illustration legends, and illustrations unless these are submitted as separate files. Separate files must be labeled clearly, for example: "Smith Figure 1."

  • The text should be double-spaced, 12 point font, with one inch margins, lower right corner numbered pages, and, per American Psychological Association (APA) style, include sections in the following order: title page, abstract, text, acknowledgments, references, tables, illustration legends, and illustrations.  Manuscripts should be approximately 6 to 20 typed pages with 10 to 14 being ideal. 

  • The title page must include the first and last names and credentials of all authors with department and institutional affiliations, job titles, complete mailing addresses, telephone, numbers, fax numbers, email addresses, and indication for the single author who should be contacted for correspondence and reprints.

  •  All manuscripts must include an abstract that includes the content as described in the APA Publication Manual and be limited to less than 100 words on a single page:

    • Research Report: problem, subjects, methods, findings, conclusion

    • Literature Review: problem, study eligibility criteria, findings, conclusion

    • Case Study: subject, nature of or solution to problem, questions raised for further research/theory

  • Acknowledgements should be brief and should include sources of grant or other financial support.

  • References must follow APA style (http://www.apastyle.org/) and be sorted by the last name of the first author. Journal names should not be abbreviated. Examples follow:

American Cancer Society. (2014). Cancer facts & figures 2014. Retrieved from http://www.cancer.org/research/cancerfactsstatistics/cancerfactsfigures2014/index