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Citing TCIA (general)

For any manuscript developed using data from The Cancer Imaging Archive please cite the relevant collection citations (see below) as well as the following TCIA publication:

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Clark K, Vendt B, Smith K, et al. The Cancer Imaging Archive (TCIA): Maintaining and Operating a Public Information Repository. Journal of Digital Imaging. 2013; 26(6): 1045-1057. doi: 10.1007/s10278-013-9622-7. (link)

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Publisher Partnerships

TCIA is an approved repository for the following publishers and journals which encourage or require sharing of source data used by their publications.  

  1. Nature Scientific Data
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  5. Medical Physics

Citing Specific TCIA Collections