Reading the Writing in Radiology: 1923-2013

Radiology. 2015 Jul;276(1):250-7. doi: 10.1148/radiol.15141940. Epub 2015 Feb 25.


The style and tone of the writing in Radiology has changed over the years since its first publication in 1923. Many of the tonal changes have occurred transiently and likely in relation to political and professional issues in play at a particular time. Others represent more consistent trends in the evolution of the professional writing style. In this report, we analyze the tone of the editorial content from 1923 to 2013 in a historical context as well as progressive changes in readability parameters involving both editorial and technical content.

Publication types

  • Historical Article

MeSH terms

  • History, 20th Century
  • History, 21st Century
  • North America
  • Periodicals as Topic* / history
  • Publishing / history
  • Publishing / statistics & numerical data*
  • Radiology* / history
  • Reading
  • Writing