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Focus and Scope

The purpose of the Journal of the Belgian Society of Radiology is the publication of articles dealing with diagnostic and interventional radiology, related imaging techniques, allied sciences, and continuing education.

Publication Frequency

The journal is published online as a continuous volume and issue throughout the year. Articles are made available as soon as they are ready.

Special collections of articles are welcomed and will be published as part of the normal issue, but also within a separate collection page.

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. There is no embargo on the journal’s publications. Submission and acceptance dates, along with publication dates, are made available on the PDF format for each paper.

Authors of articles published remain the copyright holders and grant third parties the right to use, reproduce, and share the article according to the Creative Commons license agreement.

Authors are encouraged to publish their data in recommended repositories. For a list of generic and subject specific repositories that meet our peer review criteria, see here.

Archiving Policy

The journal’s publisher, Ubiquity Press, focuses on making content discoverable and accessible through indexing services. Content is also archived around the world to ensure long-term availability.

The journal is indexed by the following services:

In addition, the journal is available for harvesting via OAI-PMH. To ensure permanency of all publications, this journal also utilises CLOCKSS, and LOCKSSarchiving systems to create permanent archives for the purposes of preservation and restoration.

If the journal is not indexed by your preferred service, please let us know by emailing or alternatively by making an indexing request directly with the service.

Journal statistics

Core journal statistics for the 2020 volume:

Submissions received1374
Reviews requested270
Reviews received332
Total Rejections4164
...of which, Desk rejects5140
Acceptance rate721.7%
Time from submission to publication8123 days


1Number of new articles received by the journal
2Number of peer review invitation emails that were sent out
3Number of completed peer review reports received
4Total number of articles rejected (including desk rejects)
5Number of articles rejected prior to peer review
6Number of articles that received a 'Accept for publication' decision
7Number of acceptances, as a percentage, against the total number of final decisions
8'Mean' average from submission to publication for all publications in the volume

Annotation and post-publication comment

The journal platform permits readers to leave comments on the publication page, via the Disqus service. Readers will need a Disqus account to leave comments. Comments may be moderated by the journal, however, if they are non-offensive and relevant to the publication subject, comments will remain online without edit.

The journal platform also includes in-browser annotation and text highlighting options on full text formats via Readers will require a account to create annotations, and will have the option to make these publicly available, available to a group, or private.

Advertisement Policy

The journal only displays advertisements that are of relevance to its scope and will be of interest to the readership (e.g. upcoming conferences). All advertising space is provided free of charge and the editor and publisher have the right to decline or withdraw adverts at any point. Adverts will include a text heading to make it clear that they are adverts not related to the journal.

If you wish to propose a potential advert then please contact the editorial team. All advert images will have to be provided to the publisher.


From volumes 1 to 98 the Journal of the Belgian Society of Radiology was published as JBR-BTR (ISSN: 0302-7430 / 1780-2393). From 99(1) the journal is published as the Journal of the Belgian Society of Radiology (ISSN: 2514-8281), by Ubiquity Press

The Journal of the Belgian Society of Radiology (JBSR) is the new alias of JBR-BTR, a journal established over one hundred years ago.
Founded in 1905 by the Belgian Society of Radiology, the Journal belge de Radiologie, was designed to publish its activities in all medical applications of X-rays and was the first radiology journal published in French.

The journal’s publication frequency of six issues per volume was only interrupted during the First and the Second World Wars and resumed in 1947 with the same title, design and content, including nuclear medicine, but now with a more structured editorial board and with international openings through exchanges with institutional libraries worldwide.

In the 1950’s, in accordance with the evolution of the Belgian Society of Radiology which became bi-communitarian and Royal in 1956 and international in its policy, a process of transformation of the journal began first with the publication of papers in the two national languages (French and Dutch), and subsequently in English. Between 1956 and 1965, the Journal belge de Radiologie was jointly published by the Société Royale Belge de Radiologie- Koninglijke Belgisch Vereniging voor Radiologie (SRBR-KBVR) and the Dutch Society of Radiology.

In 1972, the title of the Journal became bilingual: Journal belge de Radiologie-Belgisch Tijdschrift voor Radiologie and was changed into its acronym JBR-BTR in 1985 and thus remained unchanged until June 2015.
In 1976, the Journal became trilingual with more papers written in English than in the two national languages, and soon the table of content, abstracts, keywords, figures captions and guidelines were only published in English. The international A4 format was adopted in 1984.

In the late 1990’s, the JBR-BTR had evolved into an English written Journal fostering the international recruitment of manuscripts.
In 1995, the content of the Journal was restricted to diagnostic radiology after radiotherapists and nuclear physicians had founded their own societies.
From 2010 onwards, an electronic version of the JBR-BTR was also available on the website of the Society.

In 2013 the SRBR-KBVR merged with the Belgian Union of Radiology, a professional organization, to become the new Belgian Society of Radiology preceding the latest transformation including a change in title of its Journal. In 2015, the JBSR is in renaissance as an electronic Journal only with open access and the remaining motto of “a national Journal with a global perspective”.

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