Journal of Cell Science is committed to publishing the full range of topics in cell biology, and the single most important criterion for acceptance is scientific excellence. Articles must therefore pose and test a significant hypothesis that will provide novel perspectives and approaches to understanding cell biology, and will stimulate the interest of the broad readership of the journal.
The journal does not publish purely descriptive articles on the expression of specific genes or proteins in particular cell types, articles that demonstrate the effect of a particular substance on a given cell line without having any broad biological significance, or articles that simply describe a method or reagent.
Criteria for Tools & Techniques articles
Tools & Techniques articles should describe a new tool or technique, or a sufficiently substantial advance of an existing tool or technique, and demonstrate proof of principle in the form of novel biological insight acquired using the method. Tools & Techniques papers should follow the standard format for Research Articles.