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Journal of Cell Science publishes cutting-edge science, encompassing all aspects of cell biology.

The journal is led by Editor-in-Chief Michael Way and a respected team of Editors who are research-active academics and leaders in their respective fields; they are supported by an outstanding Editorial Advisory Board that reflects all relevant areas in cell biology, including recently emerging fields. Rigorous peer review and fair decisions form the bedrock of the journal and maintain Journal of Cell Science as a solid forum for communicating the best research.

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Our special issue on Cell and Tissue Polarity is now open.

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JCS Journal Meeting 2024: Diversity and Evolution in Cell Biology

Applications are open for our 2024 Journal Meeting on diversity and evolution in cell biology, organised by Gautam Dey, Lillian Fritz-Laylin, Snezhka Oliferenko, Meg Titus and Michael Way. Early-bird deadline: 19 January 2024

Meet our new Editors

We are delighted to welcome Renata Basto, Kairbaan Hodivala-Dilke and Megan King as new Editors at Journal of Cell Science. Read more in our editorial from Editor-in-Chief Michael Way.

Special Issue: Cell and Tissue Polarity

Our special issue on Cell and Tissue Polarity is open. We will be adding more articles over the coming months.

Open Access publishing options

We recognise 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.

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As part of a new biodiversity initiative from The Company of Biologists, Journal of Cell Science now plants a native tree in a UK forest for each published Research and Review article. We are also funding the restoration and preservation of ancient woodland and dedicating these trees to our peer reviewers. All of these trees are represented together in a virtual forest. Read the Editorial to find out more about the launch of this initiative.

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Check out our fortnightly posts curating the latest preprints from the microscopy field. Each post focus on a different topic, covering new tools and techniques in imaging, bioimage analysis tools and applications in cell and developmental biology.

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