Insight Journal F.A.Q

Does my IJ submission have to use ITK?

NO! The software discussed in your paper does not have to use ITK, VTK, or any other open-source package; however, your paper should somehow add to the open-source community by providing code, application details, lessons learned, etc.
Your submission should include your full-length paper (we suggest 4-5 pages, but they can be longer or shorter as you see fit). Your submission could also include associated presentation materials, data, results, and code - code is particularly welcome!

Does my IJ submission have to include open-source code and data?

Yes, your submissions must include all the material required to verify the reproducibility of the content of your article. This includes source code, input data, output data, tests and parameters used to run the tests. The goal of the Insight Journal is to restore the honest practice of the scientific method, which is based on the verification of reproducibility by independent individuals. Your article must include all the resources that you used to arrive to the conclusions of your article, and they should be provided in a form that is suitable to be used by others.

What should I do to submit my open-science material to the IJ?

The IJ typically has one and only one "issue" accepting submissions at any time. Once you've created your login on the IJ website, just browse to the "Submit a new publication", click on "submit" in the right-hand column of the issue of interest, and then answer the questions and upload your paper. Some random, related notes: * Multiple files can be uploaded as part of a single submission. There is no need to create a single .zip/gz file. For example, upload your PDF text as a single file, your code as a gzip file, and your data as a third gzip file. * Upload your papers as PDFs. The DSpace system automatically creates indexes using the full text of PDF uploads, and those indexes are in-turn indexed by Google, Yahoo!, and other internet search engines. * Our system does not rename uploaded files. Therefore we suggest that you give your uploaded files meaningful names. One suggested format is ----IJPaper.pdf. Another option is to include a short version of your paper's title. * If you have problems with the submission process, email Julien Jomier (julien(at) or Stephen Aylward (aylward(at)

Oh great webmaster, please tell me more about submissions and reviews... :)

Each IJ submission is made immediately available via the Insight Journal, which is a web-based e-journal. More specifically, the reviews and your submission will be available to the public and will be indexed using a digital library "handle." More information on our digital library system and handles is at and

How will IJ-hosted conferences be different?

If your submission to an IJ-hosted conference is selected for oral or poster presentation, it will be designated in the e-journal as having been selected. Before the conference, we encourage you to add your presentation material (slides or poster) to your original IJ submission. At the conferece, the truly interesting stuff happens - because of IJ's open-science process, it is very likely that several people in the audience will have already read and reviewed your paper; they will come prepared with questions!

I'd like to submit to the IJ, but I cannot attend the workshop. What should I do?

Please keep in mind that much of the exposure for your submission will be via the IJ website. People will be able to read and review and use it, even if it doesn't get presented at the workshop. Your paper and the reviews will always be available from the IJ website - well after the conference has ended. Just indicate at the end of your abstract that the paper is not available for presentation. Otherwise, you can also wait and publish your work in a normal issue of the IJ. A new issue will be opened immediately after the Workshop submission process ends (right now, regretfully, our website only allows one "issue" to receive submissions at a time).

What if people don't like my submission, can I withdraw it?

Even better than withdrawing your submission - you can improve it! We welcome revisions at any time. Your submission is a dynamic thing - if it goes well, you can add more details. If people don't "get it", you can clarify the important points. Just follow the handle address to your paper, press edit, and upload the improved version of your paper. Please, however, do not delete the old version. People can learn from the steps you took to reach that now highly regarded new version...

Paper deadline is in X weeks, why should I submit now?

Since the IJ uses a fully electronic submission process, it is not surprising to see that most papers are submitted on the last day possible day, close to midnight. We always build enough time into the process for effective reviews to be received by the paper selection date; however, since reviews can happen at any time, you might want to consider submitting your paper early. In that way, people will have even more time to read and provide positive comments on your paper. The choice is yours...

What/who created the IJ?

The original concept of the Insight Journal was developed by and fervently preserved by Dr. Luis Ibanez ([ Kitware, Inc]). Recognizing a need for a mechanism whereby the medical image analysis community can group and share their ideas, code, data, and results, Dr. Ibanez has worked with the ISC and championed the open-science cause to make the Insight Journal a reality.

Systems behind the IJ

The IJ submissions are indexed and archived using digital library system that we call MIDAS. The IJ submission website for the 2005 MICCAI Workshop on Open-Science was implemented by Julien Jomier with contributions from Stephen Aylward, Zack Galbreath, and Tina Kapur. The Insight Software Consortium website was designed and implemented by Julien and Matthieu Jomier using PhpNuke. Several custom modules were developed for the software and data review process. Those custom modules are being documented and will be released as open-source. All of these web tools are running on a custom built Pentium 4 running Redhat Linux in the CADDLab's computer network. Applications being used include tomcat, pgsql, mysql, apache, ant, and numerous others.

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