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Development is a leading primary research journal covering the field of developmental biology. With its long and prestigious history and its team of expert academic editors, Development is committed to publishing cutting-edge research across the spectrum of animal and plant developmental biology.

Over recent years, Development has expanded its focus to incorporate the stem cell and regeneration fields, with the aim of underscoring the close links between these growing communities and more traditional developmental biology.

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News from Development


Special Issue: Modelling Development in vitro

Our latest special issue on modelling development in vitro is open. The first articles are online now and we will be adding new articles over the coming months.


Preprint curation initiative - In preprints

We have introduced a new article type, ‘In preprints’, which aim to summarise a recently posted preprint, or a collection of preprints, and to discuss the work in a broader context. You can read our first ‘In preprint’ article here. If you are interested in writing an ‘In preprints’ piece, please get in touch.


Meet our Editors

Our academic and in-house editors regularly attend conferences in the fields of developmental and stem cell biology, and would be delighted to meet readers, (potential) authors and reviewers at these events. You can find a list of the conferences that we’ll be attending here.

Open Access publishing options

Development recognises the benefits of Open Access publishing and as one of the very first Transformative Journals we offer several publishing options to all of our authors, whatever their funder or financial status.

Read more about the OA options we offer our authors.

Featured movie

In Issue 16, Sara Caviglia, Iris Unterweger, Elke Ober and colleagues present FRaeppli, a toolbox for multispectral cell tracing and dense tissue analysis in zebrafish. Our featured movie compares fluorescence signal between a cleared and uncleared adult liver lobe, where endogenous FRaeppli-NLS fluorescence signal is still detectable more than 120µm into the cleared liver lobe.

See more movies on our YouTube playlist.

Currently on the Node

Development presents… Human development: recent progress and ethical challenges

Catch up on our latest Development presents… webinar on recent progress and ethical challenges in studying early human development, which was livestreamed from our recent meeting, ‘From Stem Cells to Human Development’.

An interview with Adam Shellard, winner of the 2022 BSCB Postdoctoral Research Medal

We caught up with Adam to find out more about his career path so far, his evolving research interests and the Cell Migration webinar series that he started during the pandemic.

The month in preprints

Our latest trawl of the preprint servers for all things developmental biology


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