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Volume 137,
Issue 9
May 2024

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.

About JCS

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

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News from JCS

Special Issue: Cell Biology of Mitochondria

We welcome submissions for our upcoming special issue on the cell biology of mitochondria, coordinated by Ana J. Garcia-Saez and Heidi McBride. Submission deadline: 1 October 2024.

JCS-FocalPlane Training Grants

We are delighted to launch our JCS-FocalPlane Training Grants. ECRs working in the field of cell biology can apply for up to £1,000 to attend a microscopy training course or bioimage analysis course.

Journal of Cell Science - more than just a journal

People who know JCS well will know that we're more than just a journal and that our community – the cell biology community – really is at the heart of everything we do. Read the full Editorial by Editor-in-Chief Michael Way and Executive Editor Seema Grewal..

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.

The Forest of Biologists The Forest of Biologists leaves icon

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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Every fortnight we highlight a microscopy image and the researcher(s) that acquired it. If you have an image that you’d like to share, upload it to our gallery and send us an email at

Preprints in microscopy

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.

The FocalPlane Network

The FocalPlane Network is an international directory of researchers with microscopy expertise. Register yourself on FocalPlane and you can then join the Network in your profile. We aim to be an inclusive site that will help promote diversity in the microscopy community. 

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