Cell Research

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Cell Research Cell Research is an international journal publishing peer-reviewed original articles, research highlights, invited reviews by experts, commentaries ISSN: 1748-7838 (ONLINE) ISSN: 1001-0602 (PRINT) Journal metadata

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  • Aims and scope

    Cell Research is an international journal publishing peer-reviewed original articles, research highlights, invited reviews by experts, commentaries, and letter to the editor aimed at promoting scientific exchanges between China and other parts of the world. The journal has an international authorship and a broad scopes in basic research including cell biology, molecular cell biology and related fields.

    Cell growth, differentiation & apoptosis 
    Signal transduction 
    Stem cell biology & development 
    Chromatin, epigenetics & transcription 
    miRNA function & mechanism 
    Cancer biology 
    Immunity & molecular pathogenesis 
    Molecular & cellular neuroscience 
    Plant cell biology 
    Genomics & proteomics

  • Profile

    Cell Research was founded by Shanghai Institute of Cell Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) in 1990 and sponsored by Institute of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Shanghai Institutes for Biological Sciences, CAS from 2002. It published semiannually in 1990-1997, quarterly in 1998-2001, bimonthly in 2002-2004, and monthly from 2005. 

    It is supported by grants from Chinese Academy of Sciences and National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 30224811). Cell Research is published monthly by Nature Publishing Group in partnership with the Shanghai Institutes for Biological Sciences (SIBS), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) from 2006.

    The journal has an independent international Editorial Board, consisting of more than eighty experts in cell biology and related fields (more than 25% are Members of Chinese Academy of Sciences and Chinese Academy of Engineering, and 30% are outside of China ). This, together with a number of international reviewers, guarantees the prompt evaluation and publication of high quality papers throughout the world. Editors in Shanghai, Bethesda MD, Piscataway NJ, Basel, Toronto, Oxford, London and Australia (http://www.cell-research.com/editor.htm) welcome submissions (contributions) from all over the world.

  • Indexing

    Cell Research is indexed in various important citation resources such as Index Medicus/Medline/PubMed, Science Citation Index, Current Contents-life Sciences, SciSearch and ISI Web of Science, Chemistry Abstract, BIOSIS, VINITI, Chinainfo(CD&Web), CJFD(CD&Web), CJCD and CEPS. 

    2010 Impact Factor 9.417 (Thomson Reuters, 2011). 

  • Editors


    Gang Pei, Shanghai

    Deputy Editor-in-Chief

    Dangsheng Li, Shanghai

    Editorial Board

    Rene Bernards, Amsterdam
    Bradley E Bernstein, Cambridge
    John C Cambier, Denver
    Xuetao Cao, Shanghai
    Quan Chen, Tianjin
    Xiao-Ya Chen, Shanghai
    Ye-Guang Chen, Beijing
    Zhijian J Chen, Dallas
    Zhu Chen, Shanghai
    Linzhao Cheng, Baltimore
    Bruce Demple, Stony Brook
    Hongkui Deng, Beijing
    Chen Dong, Houston
    Julian Downward, London
    Xin-Hua Feng, Houston
    Jiri Friml, Gent
    John D Gearhart, Philadelphia
    Shiv IS Grewal, Bethesda
    Kun-Liang Guan, La Jolla
    J Silvio Gutkind, Bethesda
    Lin He, Shanghai
    Alexander Hoffmann, La Jolla
    Tony Hunter, La Jolla
    Juan Carlos Izpisúa Belmonte, La Jolla
    Chengyu Jiang, Beijing
    Naihe Jing, Shanghai
    Peter A Jones, Los Angeles
    Yibin Kang, Princeton
    V Narry Kim, Seoul
    Paul Lasko, Montreal
    Steven C Ley, London
    Guo-Min Li, Lexington
    Jiayang Li, Beijing
    Lin Li, Shanghai
    Yiping Li, Shanghai
    Lu Liang, Canberra
    Kan Liao, Shanghai
    Anning Lin, Chicago
    Haifan Lin, New Haven
    Xiaolong Liu, Shanghai
    Zheng-gang Liu, Bethesda
    Zhimin Lu, Houston
    Sheng Luan, Berkeley
    David C Lyden, New York
    Joan Massagué, New York
    John S Mattick, St Lucia
    Anming Meng, Beijing
    Kohei Miyazono, Tokyo
    Bernd Mueller-Roeber, Potsdam-Golm
    Andrea Musacchio, Milan
    Huck-Hui Ng, Singapore
    Michele Pagano, New York
    Duanqing Pei, Guangzhou
    Kathrin Plath, Los Angeles
    Natasha V Raikhel, Riverside
    Yi Rao, Beijing
    Josep Rizo, Dallas
    Paul Russell, La Jolla
    Yongfeng Shang, Beijing
    Yang Shi, Boston
    Yigong Shi, Beijing
    Yun-Bo Shi, Bethesda
    Hong-Bing Shu, Wuhan
    Mark A Smith, Cleveland
    Shao-Cong Sun, Houston
    Claire E Walczak, Bloomington
    Xiao-Fan Wang, Durham
    Robert A Weinberg, Cambridge
    Jia-Rui Wu, Shanghai
    Ting Xie, Kansas City
    Zhihong Xu, Shanghai
    Hong-Wei Xue, Shanghai
    Yingzi Yang, Bethesda
    Xuebiao Yao, Hefei
    Junying Yuan, Boston
    Y Adam Yuan, Singapore
    Chuanmao Zhang, Beijing
    Xu Zhang, Shanghai
    Yi Zhang, Chapel Hill
    Yonglian Zhang, Shanghai
    Yixian Zheng, Baltimore
    Tianhua Zhou, Hangzhou
    Dahai Zhu, Beijing
    Xueliang Zhu, Shanghai

  • Guide to authors

    Preparation of manuscripts

    The manuscript should be double-spaced throughout using 11pt Times New Roman/Arial. Number all pages,beginning from section of title page, and followed by abstract, introduction, materials and methods, results, discussion, acknowledgements, references, figure legends and figures/tables.Gene symbols should be italicized; protein products are not italicized. Non-standard abbreviations should be defind when first used in the text. 

    Title page: The title page should include: Full title (a brief declarative statement of the major findings of the research), Running title (no more than 60 characters including spaces), and corresponding author's contact information. 

    Abstract: The abstract should briefly (no more than 250 words) describe in complete sentences the scope of the investigation, the results obtained and the major conclusions.3-7 keywords should be given after the abstract. 

    Introduction: The introduction should begin with a brief introduction of background related to the research and should be as concise as possible. 

    Results: The results should present the experimental data in tables and figures with suitable descriptions. 

    Discussion: The discussion should focus on the interpretation and significance of the findings with concise objective comments.

    Materials and Methods: The materials and methods should be described clearly and referenced in sufficient detail.

    Acknowledgments: The acknowledgements should be brief and include references to financial supports along with the numbers of grants.

    Gene nomenclature: Authors should use approved nomenclature for gene symbols, and use symbols rather than italicized full names (Ttn, not titin). Please consult the appropriate nomenclature databases for correct gene names and symbols.For proposed gene names that are not already approved, please submit the gene symbols to the appropriate nomenclature committees as soon as possible, as these must be deposited and approved before publication of an article. Avoid listing multiple names of genes (or proteins) separated by a slash, as in ‘Oct4/Pou5f1’, as this is ambiguous (it could mean a ratio, a complex, alternative names or different subunits). Use one name throughout and include the other at first mention: ‘Oct4 (also known as Pou5f1)’.


    The references should include only articles that are published or in press. The references are each numbered, ordered sequentially as they appear in the text. List all authors unless there are more than 6, in which case only the first 3 should be given, followed by “et al”.

    Please use the following style for references:

    Article in a Journal: 

    1 Pan GJ, Chang ZY, Schöoler HR, Pei DQ. Stem cell pluripotency and transcription factor Oct4. Cell Res 2002; 12:321-329.
    Chapter in a Book: 
    2 Hirsimaki P, Arstuka AU, Trump BF, Marzella L. Autophagocytosis. In: Trump BF, Arstuka AU, eds. Pathobiology of cell membranes. New York: Plenum Press, 1983:201-236.

    A book: 

    3 Kryger M, Roth T, Dement W, eds. The Principles and Practice of Sleep Medicine. 2nd Edition. Philadelphia:WB Saunders, 1994. 
    Online Publication:
    4 Jelinic P, Stehle JC, Shaw P. The testis-specific factor CTCFL cooperates with the protein methyltransferase PRMT7 in H19 imprinting control region methylation. PLoS Biol 2006; 4: e355. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pbio.0040355


    Figures and images should be labeled sequentially, numbered and cited in the text. Figure legends should be printed and double-spaced on a separate sheet titled ‘Titles and legends to figures’. Figures should be referred to specifically in the text of the paper but should not be embedded within the text. The use of three-dimensional histograms is strongly discouraged when the addition of the third dimension gives no extra information. If a table or figure has been published before, the authors must obtain written permission to reproduce the material in both print and electronic formats from the copyright owner and submit it with the manuscript. This follows for quotes, illustrations and other materials taken from previously published works not in the public domain.

    For initial submission, figures could be embedded with the text as one Word file. For a revised manuscript, tiff , psd and jpeg are the only acceptable formats for the figures, which should be submitted separately. Use quality graphic programs such as Adobe PhotoShop, Adobe Illustrator, Corel Draw, or Freehand to create your figures. Figures should be approximately the same size as you would like them to appear in press.

    Figure legends

    Legends must be submitted for all figures. They should be brief and specific, and should appear on a separate manuscript page after the Reference section. Use scale markers in the image for electron micrographs, and indicate the type of stain used.


    These should be labeled sequentially as Table 1, Table 2, etc. Each table should be typed on a separate page, numbered and titled, and cited in the text. Reference to table footnotes should be made by means of Arabic numerals. Tables should not duplicate the content of the text. They should consist of at least two columns; columns should always have headings.Authors should ensure that the data in the tables are consistent with those cited in the relevant places in the text, totals add up correctly, and percentages have been calculated correctly.Supply tables as Word, Excel or HTML files (one table per file). Include the table title and legend in the table file.

    House style

    As the electronic submission will provide the basic material for typesetting, it is important that papers are prepared in the general editorial style of the journal.

    1.Do not make rules thinner than 1 pt (0.36mm) 
    2.Use a coarse hatching pattern rather than shading for tints in graphs 
    3.Color should be distinct when used as an identifying tool 
    4.Use SI units throughout 
    5.Spaces, not commas should be used to separate thousands 
    6.Abbreviations should be preceded by the words for which they stand in the first instance of use 
    7.Text should be double spaced with a wide margin

    File formats

    File formats for manuscript files, figures and tables that are acceptable for our electronic manuscript submission process are given on the online forms. Please follow our artwork guidelines for submitting figures, and use a common word-processing package (such as Microsoft Word) for the text.

    Initial submission 

    a cover letter stating that the manuscript has not been and will not be considered for publication elsewhere and giving a brief introduction to the novel findings of this work, along with 3 or more experts in the field as potential reviewers.a declaration stating that all the authors agreed to submit the manuscript to Cell Research with the signature of the corresponding author. A copy of the Licence to Submission can be found at the bottom of this page, sign it and fax to the Editorial Office of Cell Research. Fax: 86 (0) 21 5492 0952.an electronic file including the text and the figures/tables.

    Revised manuscript submission

    Submit manuscript text(including tables)in a single electronic file, and figures in other separate files. Enclose a letter to answer the comments of the reviewers and the editors.

    Getting help

    If you need additional help, please contact the Cell Research editorial office (cellres@sibs.ac.cn).

    Licence to publish

    The corresponding author must complete and sign the Licence to Publish form upon acceptance of the manuscript and return it to the editorial office. Failure to do so will result in delays to the publication of your paper. A copy of the Licence to Publish form can be found at the bottom of this page.


    Once the manuscript has been accepted, correspondence will receive PDF proofs and are responsible for proofreading and checking the entire article. Authors should correct only typesetting errors, no major alteration of the text will be accepted. Page proofs must be returned within 48 hours to avoid delays in publication along with the reprint order if required.


    Offprints may be ordered on the form accompanying the proofs.

  • Contact

    Editorial Office

    Tel: 0086-21-54920953, Email: cellres@sibs.ac.cn

    Dangsheng Li, Deputy Editor-in-Chief
    Email: dsli@sibs.ac.cn

    Lei Cheng, Scientific Editor, Managing Editor
    Email: lcheng@sibs.ac.cn

    Fangfang Hu, Scientific Editor
    Email: ffhu@sibs.ac.cn

    Heng Zhang, Scientific Editor
    Email: hengzhang@sibs.ac.cn

    Any concerns to manuscript handling procedure, please contact us at : 0086-21-54920953; Fax: 0086-21-54920952 or send a mail to cellres@sibs.ac.cn

    31B 401 R, 319 Yueyang Road, Institute of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Shanghai Institutes for Biological Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai 200031, China

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