3D Neuroimaging Viewer

About the 3D Neuroimaging Viewer

With the 3D Neuroimaging Viewer, neuroimaging data in NIfTI format is visualized within an interactive viewer in the article on ScienceDirect.

The 3D Neuroimaging Viewer provides authors and readers with many benefits. It:

  • Enables authors to enrich and extend their articles by optimally expressing the results of research through improved visualization
  • Provides a way for authors to highlight their findings in a visual and easily accessible manner
  • Helps readers quickly understand the relevance of a research paper
  • Lets readers visualize research data for deeper insights and access the underlying data
  • Contributes to a better understanding of experiments described in the article and encourages re-use of the neuroimaging data

The 3D Neuroimaging Viewer is interactive – readers can:

  • Browse through available neuroimaging datasets
  • Zoom, rotate and pan the 3D brain reconstruction
  • Cut through the volume
  • Change opacity and color mapping
  • Switch between 3D and 2D projected views
  • Download the data
  • Open the viewer in detached full-screen mode

Example Articles

Author Instructions


You can submit files for the 3D Neuroimaging Viewer along with your manuscript submission.

Supported data formats:

  • The 3D Neuroimaging Viewer supports NIfTI data format (Neuroimaging Informatics Technology Initiative), a standard data format used in neuroimaging to capture volumetric (f)MRI data.
  • The viewer supports single (.nii) and dual (.hdr and .img) NIfTI file formats
  • More information about this data format can be found here
  • You can also upload three-dimensional renderings as OBJ, PLY or U3D models

Please zip each dataset; the recommended size of a single uncompressed dataset is ≤100 MB. Prepare a short informative description for each data file before submission.


In your manuscript, you can indicate where you want the material to appear in the article, for example by writing ‘File1.nii here’.

  • Submit your dataset(s) with your manuscript via the online submission system
  • Multiple datasets can be submitted with a single article
  • Submit each zipped dataset via the online submission system using the “3D neuroimaging data” submission category
  • Enter your short description(s) in the "Description" field when uploading your data

The 3D Neuroimaging Viewer also integrates a specific visualization mapper, which automatically combines a master volume of the brain with functional magnetic resonance images (fMRI). The brain template file has to be zipped and uploaded to the online submission system separately.

The 3D Neuroimaging Viewer will appear in the online version of your article. The PDF/printed version of the article will feature static figures only (if those figures are included in the article manuscript).

Note: all datasets will be available for download from your online article. If you have concerns about your data being downloadable, please provide a video instead.

Reviewer Instructions

Instructions are included in the reviewer invitation letter.

Reviewers will find NIfTI files associated with the 3D Neuroimaging Viewer in the supplementary material submitted with the manuscript.

  • EES: the files can be downloaded via links on the final pages of the reviewer PDF
  • EVISE: the files can be downloaded directly from the system [details TBC]

For more information, read the general reviewer instructions for Content Innovation.