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Author Guidelines

Journal Mission Statement. Image Analysis and Stereology is the official journal of the International Society for Stereology. It promotes the exchange of scientific, technical, organizational and other information on the quantitative analysis of data having a geometrical structure, including stereology, differential geometry, image analysis, image processing, mathematical morphology, stochastic geometry, statistics, pattern recognition, and related topics. The fields of application are not restricted and range from biomedicine, material sciences and physics to geology and geography.

Publications. The journal publishes full-length original research papers, review articles, technical notes and short research communications. Contributions for book reviews, communications and notes are solicited by the Editor in Chief. Submission of a paper to Image Analysis and Stereology is understood to imply that it has not been previously published (except in abstract form) and that it has not been submitted for publication elsewhere at the same time. Every effort will be made to notify authors about acceptance, necessary revision or rejection within 12 weeks from the date of receipt of a manuscript. Every manuscript is reviewed by two independent referees and checked for plagiarism.

Apart from potential supplementary material the electronic version of papers is identical to the printed version. In the case of any discrepancies the electronic version is treated as reference.

Sample articles:

Manuscript Submission. Manuscripts should be submitted electronically in PDF or Word format (first submission) and in Word or LaTex format (final submission) at Online Submission.

What To Submit:

  • PDF or Word file of the Manuscript prepared by the author (obligatory at first submission)
  • Cover Letter (obligatory)
  • Supplementary Material (optional)
  • Manuscript and Figures (obligatory at final submission of the accepted manuscript)
  • Copyright Transfer Agreement (obligatory at final submission of the accepted manuscript)

Mandatory Manuscript Structure. Image Analysis and Stereology is striving to publish high-quality articles that should be comprehensible to any professional from the fields within its scope. To this end, the Editors will enforce the following mandatory major section titles for applied original research articles:

  • Introduction
  • Material and Methods
  • Results
  • Discussion

Again, this structure is mandatory for any papers presenting results of any numerical or applied nature. Authors may add subsections as needed. Please note that purely mathematical papers and review articles are the only exceptions to this rule. Please refer to the sample articles above for reference.

E-mail correspondence. Should you require any information regarding article submission, please feel free to contact the Editorial Office at

Guidelines for Manuscript Preparation. For rapid and accurate publication it is essential that manuscripts follow exactly the guidelines described below. Manuscript should be written in MS Word (ver. 10/Word 2002 or higher) or LaTeX.

LaTeX. LaTeX style guide PDF file presents the instructions for preparing manuscripts for the Stereology and Image Analysis journal in LaTeX, and serves itself as an example of a LaTeX file conforming to the described form. The complete LaTeX package is available here:

Language is English. Please be consistent. Use the same form of English (UK or American) throughout the text.

Length. Full-length research papers or full-length review articles including tables and figures with legends and references should not exceed 30 pages (30 lines per page, font size 11 pt, single column in MS Word) or 15 typeset pages if prepared in LaTeX. Short research communications, reviews, communications or notes should not exceed 15 pages (7 typeset pages if prepared in LaTex) including tables and figures with legends.

Title. Short and to the point, not longer than 120 characters (including spaces); it should be written entirely in capital letters. Title should indicate the methodological aspects of the paper, which are of interest also for several fields of application. Include the running title with the surname of the first author with no more than 100 characters including spaces (e.g., MACKAY CE ET AL: Comparison of MRI and physical sections).

Authors. Whole name(s) and family name of each author; no academic degrees or titles. Indicate who will be responsible for correspondence, if not the first author. Complete address of each author including an e-mail address.

Abstract. Not more than 250 words, summarizing the work presented in the manuscript, in 3rd person. Abstract should be understandable to a nonspecialist. 

Keywords should follow the abstract. A list of keywords (not more than 6) should be in alphabetical order. Keywords should allow an appropriate classification of the paper in regard to the methodology and field of application.

Text. Sufficient details must be given to enable an interdisciplinary audience of the journal to understand the considered problem and methods. This includes a brief explanation of basic concepts, abbreviations and symbols, and, if available, a review paper as a reference. The manuscript should be structured with the following headings: INTRODUCTION, MATERIALS AND METHODS, RESULTS, DISCUSSION, ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS, and REFERENCES. The headings should be placed on separate lines and written in capitals with no underlining. Avoid unnecessary subheadings. In the text do not underline words, do not use letters in bold type.

Methods which are of some general character should be emphasized. New methods or theoretical results should be given with an appropriate reasoning or derivation. Applications of methods are welcome. Appropriate real data, simulation or numerical results should be given to illustrate the main results.

Figures and Tables should be in a form and condition suitable for publication across a single column (8 cm) or a whole page (16 cm). The minimum font size of characters is 11. Figures and tables should be numbered consecutively in Arabic numerals (e.g., Fig. 1; Table 1) and headed with a short title. Please mark in the manuscript (i.e., insert Fig. 1 or Table 1) where Tables or Figures should be placed in the text. Each figure and table should be accompanied by a self-explanatory legend. Please note that Figures and Tables should be included in manuscript file at first submission. At final submission (after the acceptance of the paper), all figures and tables should be uploaded as separate files, using the Supplementary files form. Ideally, all original files (manuscript, figures and tables) should be collected in a ZIP archive and uploaded as a Supplementary file. Maximum file size for upload is 50 MB.

Figures should be sent as TIFF or JPG files for raster images (bitmaps) or PS format for vector images. TIFF files should have 600 dpi resolution for colour, greyscale images or black and white images.

Color Prints. A limited number of colour images is free of charge.

Equations should be on separate lines, with an extra spacing above and below. They should always be numbered, placing the number in brackets against the right hand margin. If a mathematical expression is to be included as a part of a sentence try to maintain the single line spacing by use of brackets (e.g., (1-x)/(3-h)). Please, use an abbreviation (e.g., Eq. 1) when discussing an equation in a sentence.

Units. SI units should be used wherever these exist for the parameter concerned. Units should be separated from values (e.g., 5 µm, 2 mg, 1 min); exceptions are °, °C and % (e.g., 90°, 37°C, 50%).

References in the text should be given in parentheses: e.g., (Fish, 1971) when there is only one author; (Fish, 1971a,b) when an author has two references in the same year; (Fish, 1971; 1972) when an author has two references in different years; (Flesh and Fowl, 1954) when there are two authors; (Good et al., 1962) when there are more than two authors; (Flesh and Fowl, 1954; Good et al., 1962) when there is more than one reference; “as shown by Miller (1967), the ...” when author's name is part of a sentence. If the same authors have more than one publication in one year, then distinguish them, thus: 1985a, 1985b, etc. The reference list should be in alphabetical order and prepared according to the examples below:

Macpherson IA (1973). Soft agar technique. In: Kruse PF, Patterson IMK, eds. Tissue culture methods and application. Ch. 7. New York: Academic Press, 276-81.
Osler AG (1976). Complement: Mechanisms and functions. Englewood Cliffs: Prentice Hall, 51-5.
Solter NA, Wasserman SI, Austen KF (1976). Cold urticaria: release into circulation of histamine and eosinophilic chemotactic factor of anaphylaxis during cold challenge. N Engl J Med 294:687-90.
Bengtsson S, Solheim BG (1992). Enforcement of data protection, privacy and security in medical information. In: Lun KC, Degoulet P, Piemme TE, Rienhoff O, eds. MEDINFO 92. Proceedings of the 7th World Congress on Medical Informatics, 1992 Sep 6-10; Geneva, Switzerland. Amsterdam: North-Holland, 1561-5.

"Personal communications", "unpublished observations" and "in preparation" should be given in the text and should not appear in the reference list.

You can automatically format references from your EndNote citation manager using our style file:

Page Numbering. Pages in the manuscript should be numbered in Arabic numerals starting with the cover page.

Supplementary Materials are images, movies, data sets, and other files that support and augment the content of a manuscript. They are intended for publication only in the Online version of Image Analysis & Stereology. These materials should be referenced in the manuscript, and then accessed via the online Journal. Supplementary Materials generally fall into the following categories: Extra Tables, Extra Figures, Datasets and Movies. 

Supplementary Materials must be submitted with the manuscript at the time of submission at Step 4 of the submission process. Supplementary Materials must be accompanied by a complete set of legends, one legend for each supplemental item. They must be referenced in the manuscript body at least once.

Cover letter This letter must be submitted in a text-box in the first step of the submission process. The letter must contain the following:

  1. A brief statement of the significance of the paper.
  2. Information about conflict of interest: Any conflict or no conflict of interest, should be declared and described clearly and explicitly.
  3. A statement that all of the authors have directly participated in the planning, execution, or analysis of the study and resulting paper, and have read and approved the version submitted. Please define  the contribution of each author separately – without this statement the paper will not be processed for peer review!
  4. The authors confirm that the submitted manuscript has been either written or reviewed for quality of language by a native English speaker or alternatively professionally edited. Please note that manuscripts written in poor English will be rejected without possibility for further consideration.
  5. Authors submitting manuscripts with any personal information of patients must also confirm in their cover letter and the text of the manuscript that they have obtained the patients’ written informed consent for print and electronic publication of the report. Do not send the signed consent to the journal, but do include a statement to that effect. This applies if any of the identifying information, including names, initials, or hospital numbers, was submitted in written descriptions, photographs, or pedigrees.
  6. The contact information of four potential reviewers (names, addresses, and e-mail).

Manuscripts submitted without a cover letter will not be processed for peer review.

Copyright Transfer Agreement After the manuscript has been accepted for publication in Image Analysis & Stereology the Copyright Transfer Agreement will be sent to the corresponding author. All authors engaged in the manuscript need to sign the form.


Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in the Cover Letter).
  2. The initial submission file is in PDF. The original manuscript files in Microsoft Word or LaTeX will be uploaded at final submission of the accepted manuscript.
  3. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  4. References are in the correct format for this journal. All references listed in the reference list are cited in the text, and vice versa. Where available, DOI or URL for the references have been provided.
  5. If the submission uses copyrighted material from other sources (including the Web), permission has been obtained for its use; the sources are appropriately noted in the text.
  6. Submission is accompanied with a cover letter, written in accordance to the Author Guidelines, found in About the Journal. Cover letter will be submitted in the text-box at the end of this page.

Copyright Notice


The submitted work will be published under Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial license.


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Author Fees

This journal charges the following author fees.

Article Publication: 200.00 EUR

If a paper is accepted for publication, you will be asked to pay an Article Publication Fee to partially cover publications costs. Publication fee is reduced (150 EUR) if any of the authors is a member of the ISSIA. Please, specify in the Cover letter which of the authors is a member of ISSIA.

There are no article submission charges.