About This Journal

Global radiology is a subspecialty of diagnostic radiology focused on access to medical imaging and diagnostic services on a global scale. Specifically, global radiology seeks to better understand and alleviate obstacles to obtaining medical imaging services, including shortages in diagnostic equipment and trained personnel, in resource-poor regions. The scope of global radiology is broad and multidisciplinary, incorporating research from many fields and sectors including public health, health policy, economic and infrastructure development, medical education and biomedical equipment manufacturing.

Individual radiologists and institutions have long been working to improve access to medical imaging in the developing world. The documentation of their achievements, and publication of articles, announcements, available funding, programs, and other topics of global radiology, have been scattered in the literature, and generally published under “international radiology,” “radiology outreach,” or as undifferentiated papers. The Journal of Global Radiology (JGR) (ISSN 2372-8418) is the first academic journal to specialize in global radiology. JGR's core mission is to provide a forum for the global radiology community, fostering both dialogue and collaboration on issues related to global access to medical imaging.

Open Access

The Journal of Global Radiology provides immediate open access to its content. JGR editors believe making research freely available to the public best benefits research, scholars, education, and society.


The Journal of Global Radiology does not charge subscription, submission, or author fees.


Authors of original work accepted for publication in Journal of Global Radiology grant first publication rights to JGR but retain ownership of the copyright of their content. All content in the Journal of Global Radiology, unless otherwise noted, is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License. Under this license, authors' work may be downloaded, redistributed, and new creations built upon it for non-commercial purposes, provided that the authors are credited and the derived work is licensed under identical terms. Authors are responsible for obtaining the rights to use third party materials prior to submission.

Authors who post their articles on their personal or institutional websites or repositories should include a citation with a link to the Digital Object Identifier (DOI) of the article, for example:

Originally published in the Journal of Global Radiology, 2016;2(1):Article 3. DOI: 10.7191/jgr.2016.1027. http://dx.doi.org/10.7191/jgr.2016.1027

Measuring impact

The “Readership Activity Map" on the Journal of Global Radiology home page allows visitors to see a visualization of full-text downloads in real time to demonstrate global reach and impact. Download metrics for individual papers display on the article landing page and are updated daily. For context, visitors are also able to see the date the paper was first posted. Metrics will not display for papers that have fewer than 10 downloads. All authors automatically receive monthly email reports containing general download statistics for articles published in the Journal of Global Radiology. The email reports include a link to more detailed information for authors interested in learning more.

The journal Impact Factor derived by Thomson Reuters is currently the bibliometric indicator most commonly used by researchers and research management. Thomson Reuters requires at least three complete years of publishing, in addition to several other criteria, before issuing an Impact Factor for a specific journal. After fulfilling these criteria, JGR will be submitted for evaluation for an Impact Factor.

Abstracting and indexing

JGR is indexed in Google Scholar and the Directory of Open Access Journals and will eventually be submitted for indexing to MEDLINE.

Digital Preservation

The publisher utilizes the bepress Archive service with Amazon's Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) to create permanent archives for the purpose of ensuring long-term availability and accessibility of journal content.

Publication statement

This journal is published by the Department of Radiology, University of Massachusetts Medical School in collaboration with the Lamar Soutter Library, University of Massachusetts Medical School through its eScholarship@UMMS publishing and repository system.