From Publishing Great Science to Hosting a Dance Party

  • 14 September, 2021
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What’s New With Your Open Access Journal, Stem Cell Reports

“When she showed me this data first I think my reaction was it can’t be true, there must be something wrong,” said Marius Wernig, PhD, Stanford University USA during a recent episode of our new podcast, The Stem Cell Report, Transcription Factor Dance Party - Building Dopaminergic Neurons. Dr. Wernig’s reaction to a colleague’s research is just one of many stand-out moments from my conversations with stem cell scientists who publish in our open access society journal. The podcast uncovers the stories beyond the science from researchers advancing the field, sharing context you won’t find anywhere else.

On our 6th episode launching today, Hans’ Iliad: Troy, Adult Stems, and the Epithelia, we talk about the role of adult stem cells in tissue maintenance and repair with Hans Clevers, PhD, Hubrecht Institute, the Netherlands, and Kai Kretzschmar, PhD, MSNZ University Hospital Würzburg, Germany. I hope you’ll subscribe on Apple Podcasts or Spotify – it’s free – and join us for new episodes each month as we add color and perspective to papers we publish in Stem Cell Reports.

While the podcast is a fantastic extension of the journal, we are focused on publish high quality studies incorporating stem cells or their derivatives. This commitment is also reflected in our special issues, including the new one out today on organ-on-chip and microphysiological systems. This special issue, guest edited by Peter Loskill, PhD, Tübingen and Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology, Germany and Christine Mummery, Leiden University Medical Center, the Netherlands, developed from the ISSCR’s partnership with the European Organ-on-Chip Society (EUROoCS) and our mutual desire to publish impactful science in this specialized area of our field.

Stem Cell Reports strives to create an exceptional author experience anchored by a diverse editorial board comprising working scientists. We recognize the increasing significance of stem cell research on regenerative medicine and tissue engineering and encourage the submission of manuscripts whose scope bridges these fields of research. This commitment has contributed to the growing reputation of the journal and the increasing impact our publications. Perhaps our former ISSCR president and frequent publisher Sally Temple, Neural Stem Cell Institute, USA, sums it up best, “I respect and fully agree with the journal's philosophy - its emphasis on high quality, reproducible science, being fully open access from its inception, and its goal to cover all aspects of the stem cell research enterprise, from basic research to clinical translation.”

We thank the global stem cell community for supporting the journal and, by extension, our scientific society. Read the latest articles, listen to our new podcast, follow us on Twitter (@StemCellReports and @MartinPeraJax) and consider Stem Cell Reports the next time you seek to publish.