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 Primary Datasets (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.

Referencing analyses of TCIA Data

To enhance the value of TCIA collections for future research we encourage the community to publish analysis datasets to augment our primary datasets. Potential data types of interest include analysis results such as tumor segmentations, radiomics features, derived/reprocessed images, and radiologist assessments.  A directory of such data is available on our TCIA Analysis Results page.  Information about how to cite these data are included at the top of each page as shown in the screenshot below: