After the challenge is completed, two journal papers will be prepared.

The first one will be a survey, which will be prepared similar to the previous grand challenges,  explaining the content and the aim of the competition, the challenging properties of the data sets, the evaluation approach, the methods of the participating teams and detailed analyses of their results along with extensive discussions.The participants, who want to join this publication, should send a digest to the organizing comittee of this challenge stating the foundations of their approach using the format of ISBI 2019. There is no page limit or strict content regulations. It is possible to update your digest any time. There is no deadline. The important features are:

+ A clear and concise description of the method used. The method may or may not be original (previously published or well-established technique adopted to the challenge).

+ Interactive methods should include a clear description of interaction mechanisms, how those mechanisms are used and by who.

+ All methods should declare the necessary parameters to be adjusted as well as their optimal values.

+ Analysis of training results would be a plus.  The availability of the code or model would be a significant plus.

+ The details of hardware and software used and the time taken to run their programme for each DICOM dataset.

+ The team members and roles, affiliated institutions.  

Besides providing a comparative study of a range of algorithms, the competition will also be used to gain insight about complementarity and diversity of different methods. Recent developments show that classifier ensembles can provide higher performance than its components if certain conditions are met. Accordingly, the results of participating methods will not only be evaluated according to their segmentation performance, but also be analyzed with quantitative diversity measures. The organizers believe that this information will spark many ideas to improve existing ensemble strategies and a second journal paper will be prepared for this purpose. The participants, who want to join this publication, should send a letter of intent stating their previous work and interest in this particular subject together with a digest mentioned above.