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Citations help to justify funding from the agencies that support TCIA, and are what allow us to provide this data to the public free of charge. Please note that some collections have special restrictions on their use. They are outlined on the Data Usage Policies and Restrictions page.

In addition, we would like to list your publications on our web site. If you have utilized TCIA in your research, please contact us at so we can include your work on our Related Publications page.

General Acknowledgments

For any manuscript developed using data from The Cancer Imaging Archive please cite the following publication:

Clark K, Vendt B, Smith K, Freymann J, Kirby J, Koppel P, Moore S, Phillips S, Maffitt D, Pringle M, Tarbox L, Prior F. The Cancer Imaging Archive (TCIA): Maintaining and Operating a Public Information Repository, Journal of Digital Imaging, Volume 26, Number 6, December, 2013, pp 1045-1057. (paper)

Referencing TCIA Collections

If you are discussing a collection from TCIA be sure to cite the Digital Object Identifier (DOI) for the data rather than citing the wiki page URL.  Consult the Citation & Data Usage Policy tab found on each Collection's summary page to learn more about how it should be cited and any usage restrictions.  For some collections, there may also be additional papers that should be cited listed in this section.  Here is a screenshot showing where to find the DOI and data usage policy on each collection page:

The citation panel on the CT Lymph Node collection page.

Citing specific subsets of TCIA data used in your publication with Digital Object Identifiers

We also support creating custom Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) for citing the data you've used in publications. Creating a DOI which consists of the exact subjects and scans you used in your manuscript will help address growing concerns among the community relating to the transparency and reproducibility of biomedical research.  After creating your DOI you will receive a unique web URL for your DOI where researchers can go to easily download all of the data related to your publication without having to search for it in TCIA.  For general questions or help with creating a DOI for your next manuscript please contact TCIA's help desk.  You can request your DOI and see examples of existing manuscript-based DOIs on our TCIA Digital Object Identifiers page.

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