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About Cell & Bioscience

This page includes information about the aims and scope of Cell & Bioscience, editorial policies, open access and article-processing charges, the peer review process and other information. For details of how to prepare and submit a manuscript through the online submission system, please see the instructions for authors.

Aims & scope

Cell & Bioscience, the official journal of the Society of Chinese Bioscientists in America, is an open access, peer-reviewed journal that encompasses all areas of life science research.

The average time from submission to a first decision is 25 days.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  •  Aquaculture/Aqua Biotechnology
  •  Biodiversity/Evolution Biology
  •  Bio-entrepreneurship
  •  Cancer Biology
  •  Chemical Biology
  •  Chromosome Biology/Gene Regulation
  •  Developmental biology
  •  Drug discovery/Therapeutics
  •  Emerging Biotechnologies
  •  Enzymology/Biochemistry
  •  Genetics/Epigenetics/Genomics
  •  Immunology/Pathogen Biology/Infectious Diseases
  •  Metabolic diseases
  •  Microbials/Biofuels
  •  Molecular and cellular biology
  •  Neurosciences/Neurological Diseases
  •  Pharmacology/Chinese Traditional Medicine
  •  Plant Biology
  •  Post-translational Modifications/Proteomics
  •  Stem Cell Biology
  •  Structural Biology
  •  Tropical Diseases

Cell & Bioscience aims to promote research in biosciences and advance biological and medical knowledge in all fields.

Open access

All articles published by Cell & Bioscience are made freely and permanently accessible online immediately upon publication, without subscription charges or registration barriers. Further information about open access can be found here.

Authors of articles published in Cell & Bioscience are the copyright holders of their articles and have granted to any third party, in advance and in perpetuity, the right to use, reproduce or disseminate the article, according to the BioMed Central copyright and license agreement.

For authors who are US government employees or are prevented from being copyright holders for similar reasons, BioMed Central can accommodate non-standard copyright lines. Please contact us if further information is needed.

Article-processing charges

Open access publishing is not without costs. Cell & Bioscience therefore levies an article-processing charge of £1275/$1995/€1625 for each article accepted for publication. If the corresponding author's institution is a Member, the cost of the article-processing charge is covered by the membership, and no further charge is payable. In the case of authors whose institutions are Supporter Members, however, a discounted article-processing charge is payable by the author. We routinely waive charges for authors from low-income countries. For other countries, article-processing charge waivers or discounts are granted on a case-by-case basis to authors with insufficient funds. Authors can request a waiver or discount during the submission process. For further details, see our article-processing charge page.

Indexing services

All articles published in Cell & Bioscience are included in:

  • DOAJ
  • PubMed
  • PubMed Central
  • Science Citation Index Expanded
  • Scopus

The full text of all research articles is deposited in digital archives including e-Depot (The Netherlands).

The full text of all research articles published by BioMed Central is also available on SpringerLink.

Cell & Bioscience is tracked by Thomson Reuters (ISI) and has an Impact Factor of 3.63.

Publication and peer review process

Criteria for publication

Original Research: reports of data from original research.

Reviews: comprehensive, authoritative, descriptions of any subject within the scope of the journal.

Short reports: brief reports of data from original research.

Viewpoints: short opinion pieces focusing on the latest high-impact research in the field.

Commentaries: short, focused and opinionated articles on any subject within the journal's scope.

Database articles: descriptions of a new database or a substantial improvement of an existing database.

Letters to the Editor: these can take three forms: a substantial re-analysis of a previously published article, or a substantial response to such a re-analysis from the authors of the original publication, or an article that may not cover 'standard research' but that may be relevant to readers.

Methodology articles: presentations of a new experimental method, test or procedure.

Research highlights: short articles based on one or more recently published research articles interesting enough to warrant a short commentary that places the new findings in the context of the current literature.

Peer-review policies

All submitted manuscripts are evaluated by the Editor-in-Chief, Associate Editor-in-Chief, Associate Editors or experts from the Editorial Board and suitable manuscripts are then sent for peer review. The reports of at least two reviewers are considered when deciding on acceptance or rejection of a manuscript; a further reviewer is invited in cases where these reviewers disagree.

Edited by Yun-Bo Shi, Cell & Bioscience is supported by an expert Editorial Board.

Authors will be able to check the progress of their manuscript through the submission system at any time by logging into My Cell & Bioscience, a personalized section of the site.


High-quality, bound reprints can be purchased for all articles published. Please see our reprints website for further information about ordering reprints.


Cell & Bioscience will consider supplements based on proceedings (full articles or meeting abstracts), reviews or research. All articles submitted for publication in supplements are subject to peer review. Published supplements are fully searchable and freely accessible online and can also be produced in print. For further information, please contact us.

Editorial policies

All manuscripts submitted to Cell & Bioscience should adhere to BioMed Central's editorial policies.

Citing articles in Cell & Bioscience

Articles in Cell & Bioscience should be cited in the same way as articles in a traditional journal. Because articles are not printed, they do not have page numbers; instead, they are given a unique article number.

Article citations follow this format:

Authors: Title. Cell Biosci [year], [volume number]:[article number].

e.g. Roberts LD, Hassall DG, Winegar DA, Haselden JN, Nicholls AW, Griffin JL: Increased hepatic oxidative metabolism distinguishes the action of Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor delta from Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor gamma in the Ob/Ob mouse. Cell Biosci 2009, 1:115.

refers to article 115 from Volume 1 of the journal.

Why publish your article in Cell & Bioscience?

High visibility

Cell & Bioscience's open access policy allows maximum visibility of articles published in the journal as they are available to a wide, global audience. Articles that have been especially highly accessed are highlighted with a 'Highly accessed' graphic, which appears on the journal's contents pages and search results.

Speed of publication

Cell & Bioscience offers a fast publication schedule whilst maintaining rigorous peer review; all articles must be submitted online, and peer review is managed fully electronically (articles are distributed in PDF form, which is automatically generated from the submitted files). Articles will be published with their final citation after acceptance, in both fully browsable web form, and as a formatted PDF; the article will then be available through Cell & Bioscience and BioMed Central.


Online publication in Cell & Bioscience gives authors the opportunity to publish large datasets, large numbers of color illustrations and moving pictures, to display data in a form that can be read directly by other software packages so as to allow readers to manipulate the data for themselves, and to create all relevant links (for example, to PubMed, to sequence and other databases, and to other articles).

Promotion and press coverage

Articles published in Cell & Bioscience are included in article alerts and regular email updates. Some may be included in abstract books mailed to academics and are highlighted on Cell & Bioscience's pages and on the BioMed Central homepage.

In addition, articles published in Cell & Bioscience may be promoted by press releases to the general or scientific press. These activities increase the exposure and number of accesses for articles published in Cell & Bioscience. A list of articles recently press-released by journals published by BioMed Central is available here.

Authors of articles published in Cell & Bioscience retain the copyright of their articles and are free to reproduce and disseminate their work (for further details, see the BioMed Central copyright policy and license agreement).

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