Radiologists as Co-Authors in Case Reports Containing Radiological Images: Does Their Presence Influence Quality?
J Am Coll Radiol. 2019 Apr;16(4 Pt A):526-527. doi: 10.1016/j.jacr.2018.07.035. Epub 2018 Sep 21.
Luyckx E1, Bosmans JML2, Broeckx BJG3, Ceyssens S4, Parizel PM5, Snoeckx A5.
Case reports are often illustrated with images. Most of these case reports are published without the involvement of a radiologist  or a nuclear medicine (NM) physician. As radiologists, we want to be visible, so that colleagues and patients recognize our important role in diagnostic and therapeutic management. Being mentioned as co-author in case reports is one way of increasing visibility . It remains unclear how frequently radiologists are mentioned as co-authors of case reports containing images. Experience has taught us that such is not always the case . Moreover, in our opinion, the choice and quality of the figures, as well as of the figure legends in the case reports we read, are often less than optimal. The purpose of our study was, first, to investigate how often radiologists are mentioned as co-authors in case reports containing radiological images, and second, to find out if their involvement influences the quality of the figures and the legends.