Case of the day guidelines

Last revised by Frank Gaillard on 29 Aug 2023

The case of the day is featured each day on the homepage. This article contains guidelines for case authors and for our editorial team to help in the delivery of this important community feature.

Each month one case from the preceding month is chosen by the Featured Case Committee as the Case of the Month.

Guidelines for case authors

Quality is the major determinant of whether your case will be selected for case of the day. Authors should ensure their cases contain high-quality images, complete clinical information, descriptions of findings and a relevant discussion. Annotated images, quiz questions, links to related articles and references should be included where appropriate, as these considerably add to case quality. Cases where the diagnosis is confirmed are favored. The case of the day features on the homepage and thus is a window to the world. It if often used in conjunction with Radiopaedia's social media output.

Guidelines for editors

It is the role of Radiopaedia editors to select cases that they think are appropriate for the case of the day. Cases are selected by clicking the 'star' icon on the case image that best represents the case. Choosing the very best representative image is key when assigning the star icon, as it is this image which will appear on the homepage.

A variety of quality cases are required covering all subspecialties and imaging modalities. Basic cases, advanced cases, common cases, and rare cases may all be worthy of selection. This may be one magnificent "Aunt Minnie" style image through to a detailed case with interval imaging. We will aim to offer a balance of cases over a calendar month.

Editors should ensure that any case they are considering meets the quality guidelines specified for authors above. If a case is worthy of selection, but could be improved quickly by adding related articles, imaging planes, etc. then the editor should do this prior to selecting the case. If a case is potentially worthy of selection but needs considerable improvements, such as improved description of findings and discussion, then the editor should contact the case author and encourage them to make these changes.

If you have queries or concerns, please contact one of the senior editors for advice.

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