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Aims and scope

Cell & Bioscience, the official journal of the Society of Chinese Bioscientists in America, is an open access, peer-reviewed journal that encompasses all areas of life science research.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  •  Aging 
  •  Cancer Biology
  •  Chemical Biology
  •  Chromosome Biology/Gene Regulation
  •  Developmental biology
  •  Drug discovery/Therapeutics
  •  Emerging Biotechnologies
  •  Enzymology/Biochemistry
  •  Genetics/Epigenetics/Genomics
  •  Immunology/Pathogen Biology/Infectious Diseases
  •  Metabolic diseases
  •  Molecular and cellular biology
  •  Neurosciences/Neurological Diseases
  •  Pathogen and Parasite Pathology
  •  Pharmacology/Chinese Traditional Medicine
  •  Post-translational Modifications/Proteomics
  •  Stem Cell Biology
  •  Structural Biology
  •  Translational medicine research
  •  Virology

Cell & Bioscience aims to promote research in biosciences and advance biological and medical knowledge in all fields.

Why publish your article in Cell & Bioscience?

  • As the official journal of the Society for Chinese Bioscientists in America, the journal engages with a wide community of researchers from North America and across the globe.
  • Ranked in the top quartile in molecular biology and biochemistry worldwide, we publish quality research findings and reviews, and encompassing all aspects of bioscience, including molecular biology, genetics, genomics and cellular mechanisms in health and disease.
  • Our editorial team provides a swift and professional service in support of our submitting authors, with expertise representing the broad scope of the journal.

Society Information

The Society of Chinese Bioscientists in America (SCBA) is a non-profit organization founded in 1984 by a number of prominent and enthusiastic bioscientists.

The society has five main objectives:

  • To promote research in biosciences
  • To advance biological and medical knowledge
  • To improve occupational opportunities of its members
  • To facilitate professional networking among members
  • To establish a spirit of fraternity and international cooperation

The SCBA currently has c.2,500 members from various universities, academies, medical institutions, industrial and biotechnology companies. Since its inception, 40 SCBA Chapters have been formed in the United States of America, Canada, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore and Europe.

Open access

All articles published by Cell & Bioscience are made freely and permanently accessible online immediately upon publication, without subscription charges or registration barriers. Further information about open access can be found here.

As authors of articles published in Cell & Bioscience you are the copyright holders of your article and have granted to any third party, in advance and in perpetuity, the right to use, reproduce or disseminate your article, according to the BMC license agreement.

For those of you who are US government employees or are prevented from being copyright holders for similar reasons, BMC can accommodate non-standard copyright lines. Please contact us if further information is needed.

Article-processing charges

Open-access publishing is not without costs. Cell & Bioscience therefore levies an article-processing charge of £1990.00/$2790.00/€2390.00 for each article accepted for publication, plus VAT or local taxes where applicable. The APC is determined at the date of acceptance.

If the corresponding author's institution participates in our open access membership program, some or all of the publication cost may be covered (more details available on the membership page). We routinely waive charges for authors from low-income countries. For other countries, article-processing charge waivers or discounts are granted on a case-by-case basis to authors with insufficient funds. Authors can request a waiver or discount during the submission process. For further details, see our article-processing charge page.

Visit Springer Nature’s open access funding & support services for information about research funders and institutions that provide funding for APCs.

Springer Nature offers agreements that enable institutions to cover open-access publishing costs. Learn more about our open access agreements to check your eligibility and discover whether this journal is included.

For more information on APCs please see our Journal Pricing FAQs

Indexing services

All articles published in Cell & Bioscience are included in:

  • Baidu
  • Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS)
  • Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) - GoOA
  • CNKI
  • DOAJ
  • Dimensions
  • EBSCO Discovery Service
  • EMBiology
  • Gale
  • Google Scholar
  • Meta
  • Naver
  • OCLC WorldCat Discovery Service
  • Portico
  • ProQuest-ExLibris Primo
  • ProQuest-ExLibris Summon
  • PubMed
  • PubMed Central
  • Science Citation Index Expanded(SCIE)
  • SCImago
  • ​Scopus
  • TD Net Discovery Service
  • UGC-CARE List (India)
  • Wanfang

The full text of all articles is deposited in digital archives around the world to guarantee long-term digital preservation. You can also access all articles published by BioMed Central on SpringerLink.

Peer-review policy

Peer-review is the system used to assess the quality of a manuscript before it is published. Independent researchers in the relevant research area assess submitted manuscripts for originality, validity and significance to help editors determine whether the manuscript should be published in their journal. You can read more about the peer-review process here.

Cell & Bioscience operates a single-blind peer-review system, where the reviewers are aware of the names and affiliations of the authors, but the reviewer reports provided to authors are anonymous.

The benefit of single-blind peer review is that it is the traditional model of peer review that many reviewers are comfortable with, and it facilitates a dispassionate critique of a manuscript.

Submitted manuscripts will generally be reviewed by two or more experts who will be asked to evaluate whether the manuscript is scientifically sound and coherent, whether it duplicates already published work, and whether or not the manuscript is sufficiently clear for publication. The Editors will reach a decision based on these reports and, where necessary, they will consult with members of the Editorial Board.

Edited by Yun-Bo Shi, Cell & Bioscience is supported by an expert Editorial Board.

Editorial policies

All manuscripts submitted to Cell & Bioscience should adhere to BioMed Central's editorial policies.

Springer Nature remains neutral with regard to jurisdictional claims in published maps and institutional affiliations.

Citing articles in Cell & Bioscience

Articles in Cell & Bioscience  should be cited in the same way as articles in a traditional journal. Because articles are not printed, they do not have page numbers; instead, they are given a unique article number.

Article citations follow this format:

Authors: Title. Cell Biosci [year], [volume number]:[article number].

e.g. Roberts LD, Hassall DG, Winegar DA, Haselden JN, Nicholls AW, Griffin JL: Increased hepatic oxidative metabolism distinguishes the action of Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor delta from Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor gamma in the Ob/Ob mouse. Cell Biosci 2009, 1:115.

refers to article 115 from Volume 1 of the journal.

Appeals and complaints

Authors who wish to appeal a rejection or make a complaint should follow the procedure outlined in the BMC Editorial Policies.

Benefits of publishing with BMC

High visibility

Cell & Bioscience's open access policy allows maximum visibility of articles published in the journal as they are available to a wide, global audience. 

Speed of publication

Cell & Bioscience offers a fast publication schedule whilst maintaining rigorous peer review; all articles must be submitted online, and peer review is managed fully electronically (articles are distributed in PDF form, which is automatically generated from the submitted files). Articles will be published with their final citation after acceptance, in both fully browsable web form, and as a formatted PDF.


Online publication in Cell & Bioscience gives you the opportunity to publish large datasets, large numbers of color illustrations and moving pictures, to display data in a form that can be read directly by other software packages so as to allow readers to manipulate the data for themselves, and to create all relevant links (for example, to PubMed, to sequence and other databases, and to other articles).

Promotion and press coverage

Articles published in Cell & Bioscience are included in article alerts and regular email updates. Some may be highlighted on Cell & Bioscience’s pages and on the BMC homepage.

In addition, articles published in Cell & Bioscience may be promoted by press releases to the general or scientific press. These activities increase the exposure and number of accesses for articles published in Cell & Bioscience. A list of articles recently press-released by journals published by BMC is available here.


As an author of an article published in Cell & Bioscience you retain the copyright of your article and you are free to reproduce and disseminate your work (for further details, see the BMC license agreement).

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