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JACR Blog Submission Guidelines

Thank you for your interest in contributing to the Journal of the American College of Radiology (JACR) blog. Please use the following guidelines to frame your blogposts.

1. The blog is an outreach of the JACR/ACR brand. We encourage content that is challenging and thought-provoking, but we do not publish content that ultimately undermines the JACR/ACR brand. Appropriateness of content and tone will be determined by the blog’s editor.

2. One of the blog’s main goals is to increase engagement with JACR. To that end, posts should relate to a theme found within the journal and/or other ACR resources. Authors should include links to relevant JACR articles when possible. Links to content outside the journal are also encouraged.

3. Blog submissions do not undergo a formal peer-review process. However, content for the blog does undergo an editorial review for content and tone. Any suggested edits will be sent to the author for review and approval prior to publication.

4. The blog contains a moderated commenting feature. Comments will be approved based on tone, and readers with varying viewpoints are encouraged to comment. Authors are encouraged to reply to comments if they choose.

JACR Blog Publication Timeframe

If you have been provided a specific anticipated date on which your contribution will be posted to the blog in advance, please submit your draft materials at least 4 weeks in advance for editorial review, editing and author approval of edits.

If you have NOT been provided a specific anticipated date on which your contribution will be posted to the blog in advance, your draft material will undergo editorial review, editing and author approval of edits over a few weeks. The blog contribution will be posted on a rolling basis on dates that do not already have a specific advance assignment.

Note that currently, the blog is posted one day per week, but the frequency may increase based on the volume of accepted contributions and JACR staff discretion.

JACR Blog Author Submission Details

As in JACR itself, the JACR blog posts original commentary related to clinical practice, practice management, health services research and policy, and education and training in diagnostic radiology, interventional radiology, nuclear medicine, and radiation oncology, but using a less scholarly, more personal style, than that found in the pages of the journal.

Although references and links to research published in JACR may be included in the blog, the blog itself does not publish any original research, case studies, clinical reviews, or letters to the editor.

If you have questions about the blogpost submission process, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Senior Managing Editor.

For questions concerning blogpost topic, length, content, tone and style, authors are encouraged to discuss their ideas with the JACR Blog Editor This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and/or JACR Deputy Editor This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Blogpost Length

The preferred length of blogposts is 500–750 words as a Word Document, with exceptions as the discretion of blog editor and JACR editorial team.

Blogpost Content

Please include the following with your submission.

  • Image: Submit a non-copyrighted image (such as a photograph you have taken) as a .jpg. If the blogpost author does not hold copyright to a submitted image, the author must obtain permission for use of the image. Insert a copy of the image into the Word Document or as a separate email attachment. Alternatively, search for an appropriate accompanying image on www.gettyimages.com (JACR/ACR has an account). If you select an image from www.gettyimages.com, please include the image identification number (“creative #”).
  • Dek: This is a catchy single-sentence sub-title or summary of the blogpost that appears beneath the image.
  • Text: Please provide full references or URLs for JACR (or other) articles to assist in creating hyperlinks within the text. Please place this information in brackets immediately after the text that will be used to link to the reference material. The blog content should be submitted as a Word Document email attachment to the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please CC to Senior Managing Editor This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and Digital Content Editor This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • Optional: One or two additional pertinent images, such as a flowchart from a JACR article (with attribution), inserted as a .jpg into Word Document. Again, copyright guidelines apply.

Author headshot photo: Please submit .jpg image as an email attachment. This only applies to your first blogpost, unless you later wish to change your photo.

Duplicate Publication

As with other JACR content, submission of a blogpost implies that the content has not been published previously. Any part of the blogpost that has been published previously elsewhere, such as quoted content from a JACR article, must be referenced. Similarly, appropriate attribution is expected if unique JACR blogpost content is subsequently quoted or otherwise referenced in other on-line or printed content.

The American College of Radiology (ACR) provides this blog for JACR readers 

The ACR accepts no responsibility for the opinions and information that individuals may post on this blog. The opinions expressed on this blog do not represent ACR official policy or position on any issue. ACR reserves the right to terminate access to anyone who does not abide by these guidelines. In no event will ACR be liable for any special, indirect or consequential damages or any damages whatsoever resulting from loss of use, data or profits, arising out of or in connection with the use or performance of any information posted on this blog. Should inappropriate postings come to ACR’s attention, ACR will take all appropriate action. Bloggers must observe the following rules:

  • Do not discuss or share information that could be construed as encouraging or facilitating ACR members to arrive at any agreement that either expressly or implicitly leads to price fixing, a boycott of another’s business (e.g., a managed care organization), or other conduct that is intended to illegally restrict competition. 
  • Do not post any material concerning specific prices or fees charged or paid.
  • Do not post any information regarding prices, discounts, or terms or conditions of sale either obtained by or offered to another entity.
  • Do not post materials concerning fee schedules, market shares, salaries, sales territories, profit margins, or encouraging the selection or rejection of patients or suppliers.
  • Strictly factual, historical information about past practices is acceptable (e.g., “ABC Radiology Group negotiated a 15 percent discount with XYZ Health System in 2012.”)
  • Do not post any defamatory, abusive, profane, threatening, offensive or illegal materials.
  • Do not post any information or other material protected by copyright without the permission of the copyright owner.
  • By posting material on this blog, all posters represent that they own the copyright regarding such material or has received permission from the copyright owner. Additionally, authors grant ACR the non-exclusive right and license to display, copy, publish, distribute, transmit, print and use such information or other material.