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If you use data from The Cancer Image Archive (TCIA) in your research, we ask that you include appropriate references in your publications and presentations. These citations 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

In addition to citing specific content, please include the following sentence in the acknowledgement section of your work any time you are using TCIA in some way:

Image data used in this research were obtained from The Cancer Imaging Archive ( sponsored by the Cancer Imaging Program, DCTD/NCI/NIH.

Referencing TCIA Collections

If you are discussing a collection from TCIA in general, we suggest pointing to the corresponding page our Collection Wiki and following typical guidelines for citing a web page. Each collection's wiki page may also contain special acknowledgements specific to that particular collection. If you are analyzing the data as part of a research project in which others may wish to download the exact same set of images you've used, we highly encourage you to create a shared list as outlined in the next section.

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

We highly recommend the using TCIA's Digital Object Identifier (DOI) functionality for citing the use of our data in publications. Citing the specific data you used in your manuscript will help address growing concerns among the community relating to transparency and reproducibility of biomedical research.  Our DOI system makes this easy to do and even provides a special web page for your DOI where researchers can go to 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.

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