Editorial Policy and Instructions for Manuscripts

Dr. Jeffrey Williamson, Editor in Chief
Washington University

Medical Physics publishes articles broadly concerned with the relationship of physics to human biology and medicine. Published materials may be theoretical or experimental. Review Articles, Research Reports, Technical Reports, Technical Notes and Letters, are acceptable; instructions for their preparation are available from the Editorial Office (address below).

Manuscripts must be in English, and must be submitted online via the EJPress system. Specific instructions for online submissions are available at the EJPress website.

Submission of a manuscript indicates that it has not been published previously nor concurrently submitted for publication elsewhere and this should be stated in the letter of submission. The manuscript should be accompanied by a statement transferring copyright from the authors (or their employers, whoever holds the copyright) to the American Association of Physicists in Medicine; a suitable form for copyright transfer is available from the Medical Physics Editorial Office in Alexandria, VA.

For a complete list of author instructions, reviewer guidance, and other editorial procedures and guidelines, please visit https://www.aapm.org/pubs/MPJ/policies/policy.asp?type=MP

A Review Article is an authoritative review of a subject important to the field of Medical Physics. A Future of Medical Physics Article is an authoritative forward-looking projection of a subject important to the field of Medical Physics. These articles may be either invited or proffered. Authors should submit a detailed proposal consisting of a title page, rationale, and an outline, which should be submitted online as a new manuscript. The proposal will be assigned to a review article co-editor, who will negotiate the content with the authors. If the proposal is approved, the authors will be invited to submit a full manuscript. The review article co-editor will manage the peer-review process of the manuscript.
The rationale should explain the need for the Review/Future article at this time, and put the proposed article into context of the existing literature. The outline should be detailed enough to allow the review article co-editor to assess the topics and level of detail covered. Review and Future of Medical Physics Articles are published online only. The recommended maximum published lengths of Review Articles and Future of Medical Physics Article are 20 and 15 printed pages, respectively. While longer articles may be published with Editor concurrence, authors may be held responsible for excess page charges for articles exceeding these length targets. Authors may estimate the approximate published length by using the relationship:
Published pages = (average words per full-text manuscript page) * no. pages (including title, abstract, references, embedded figures)/900. See details at https://medphys.msubmit.net/cgi-bin/main.plex?form_type=do_cat&file_nm=page_charge_hlp.html. For details and instructions on submitting a Review or Future of Medical Physics proposal, please click here.