Society journals play a major role in the advancement of science and building a community. As a scientific society arises around a new field or topic, its journal becomes a focal point for the field and its members to report the latest scientific discoveries and discuss important ethical, policy and professional issues. Society journals are developed by scientists for scientists and Stem Cell Reports is the stem cell field’s voice and premiere society journal.
Since its inception in 2013, publications in Stem Cell Reports have reflected the growth and diversity of stem cell research and its application. These include fundamental discoveries in vertebrate and non-vertebrate model systems across development, mechanisms of pluripotency and tissue regeneration, among others. More recently, we have seen increases in models of human disease, early development, and systems biology approaches. We welcome manuscripts on pre-clinical and clinical research.
The journal also strives to bring the latest science and perspectives to the field and in late 2020 we will launch the first of several special issues to highlight impactful and emerging areas. These special issues will consist of several commissioned reviews from leading thinkers and primary research manuscripts on the topic. The inaugural special issue, guest edited by Eran Meshorer and Kathrin Plath, will focus on nuclear architecture.
Recently, the journal has made a concerted effort to use its “society pages” as a platform to highlight important and topical scientific, ethical, and policy issues of broad interest to our readership and the field. This includes authoritative and novel reviews on topics of interest to the field, and formats like Commentaries and Forum articles that discuss pertinent issues related to ethical, political, commercial, or scientific aspects of stem cell research. Some notable examples include reviews on stem cell quiescence and the transcriptional profiling of stem cells and a recent commentary on human embryo models.
The journal prides itself on its fair and timely reviews because as scientists, we appreciate the time it takes to prepare a manuscript and conduct the experiments for submission or re-submission. Our review process is led by an international team of editors consisting of five highly accomplished scientists and recognized experts in their fields; Nissim Benvenisty, Christine Mummery, Jun Takahashi, Amy Wagers, and Christine Wells. In addition, our Editorial Board is comprised of leaders in the stem cells field from across the globe. The expertise available to assess scientific content is second to none.
In addition to serving the field by publishing high quality scientific manuscripts, the journal also serves the community. As a society journal, a percentage of author publication charges go directly to the ISSCR to support various initiatives including international policy initiatives, educational efforts, career development programs, and public outreach. These important activities on behalf of the members and the stem cell community could not take place without this support.
Going forward we are very confident that the journal will continue to grow stronger while still maintaining true to its mission of being a place for the field to publish high-quality, impactful science. To keep up with the latest in stem cell science, visit our website to see the current issue and the advance online publications, and you can also follow the journal and me on Twitter @StemCellReports and @martinperaJAX.
Editor in Chief, Stem Cell Reports
The Jackson Laboratory, USA