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Special Issue: The Immune System in Development and Regeneration

Development will be publishing a special issue: The Immune System in Development and Regeneration. This issue will be coordinated by two Guest Editors: Florent Ginhoux and Paul Martin.

It is becoming increasingly recognised from studies in several model organisms that cells of the immune system have a variety of non-immune functions during development, repair and regeneration. As embryogenesis progresses, tissue-resident macrophages play crucial roles in, for example, regulating morphogenesis of several organ systems, and in clearing apoptotic cells as tissues are sculpted. Following tissue damage, recruitment of immune cells can both positively and negatively affect the outcome of repair and regenerative responses. This special issue aims to highlight the growing repertoire of functions for immune cells during development and regeneration, and  to provide insights into the developmental pathways leading to the generation and dispersal of these cells.

The issue will be published in spring 2022 (although note that, in our continuous publication model, we will be able to publish your article as soon as it is accepted*; you will not have to wait for the rest of the issue to be ready). This special issue will be widely promoted online and at key global conferences – guaranteeing maximum exposure for your work. Please refer to our author guidelines for information on preparing your manuscript for Development, and submit via our online submission system. Please highlight in your cover letter that the submission is to be considered for this special issue. Prospective authors are welcome to send presubmission enquiries, or direct any queries, to

Please note that the deadline for submission has now passed. As soon as articles are ready for publication, they will be made available on our website.

Why choose Development?

  • Submissions handled by expert academic Editors
  • Competitive decision speeds and rapid publication
  • Format-free submission
  • Strong commitment at first decision – over 95% of invited revisions accepted
  • Free to publish – no page or colour charges, no hidden fees
  • Easy one-click transfer option to Biology Open
  • Not-for-profit publisher

*Please note that, according to timing and volume of submissions, not all articles accepted for publication will be included in the special issue; they may instead be published in earlier or later issues of the journal. 

View previous special issues from Development.

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