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Submitting Your Manuscript


The submitting author is required to complete the submission using an ORCID identifier. Please visit the ORCID website for more information, or to register.  You must have an account in ScholarOne for DNA and Cell Biology before logging in with an ORCID identifier.

Manuscript Submission Site

Create an Account in ScholarOne

If you do not already have an account in ScholarOne for DNA and Cell Biology, you will need to create one.  Once you create your account, you may log in to the system to begin your submission.  Each listed author on a submission must either have an account, or have one created, in the submission system.



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Manuscript Preparation
Determining Authorship


All authors, including the co-authors, should be responsible for a significant part of the manuscript. All authors and co-authors should have taken part in writing the manuscript, reviewing it, and revising its intellectual and technical content. Any author whose name appears on a manuscript assumes responsibility and accountability for the results.

Submission Process


All Original submissions must contain:

  • An Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval (or waiver) statement in the Methods section
  • Acknowledgments section (if applicable) after the Conclusion of the manuscript, followed by
  • An Author Contribution statement for each listed author (list contributors' first and last names in this section; do not use initials), followed by
  • An Author Disclosure Statement for each author listed on a submission, even if there are no conflicts to disclose, followed by,
  • Funding statement(s), even if there is no funding information to declare.




All manuscripts must be prepared in accordance with the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals.  

When submitting your manuscript for peer review, be prepared to:

  • Provide a cover letter
  • Enter the full title of the manuscript
  • Enter the full names and institutional affiliations of ALL listed authors
  • Enter ALL listed authors' institutional email addresses
  • Identify the corresponding author
  • Enter a running (abbreviated) title of no more than 50 characters (including spaces).
  • Enter 3–6 keywords or phrases to assist in the selection of skilled reviewers in the field for the purposes of peer review.
  • Provide an unstructured abstract of no more than 200 words, stating the aims, results, and conclusions drawn from the study.
  • Provide the names and email addresses of at least five potential preferred reviewers familiar with the field.  Please make sure that preferred reviewers are not from your university or institution or with whom you have collaborated. Only suggested reviewers who have an academic and/or institutional email address will be considered.  Email addresses with generic domain names (Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo, AOL, etc.) will be disregarded. Anyone whom the author does not want to be considered should also be named as a non-preferred reviewer. Ultimate reviewer selection is at the Editor’s discretion.
  • Confirm that the material has not been published or submitted for publication elsewhere.

Create an Effective Title

  • Manuscript titles should be brief, contain key terms, and clearly identify the purpose of the work conducted
  • Manuscript titles should not exceed 15 -18 words. Exceptions can be made with the Editor’s approval
  • Manuscript titles should be direct and to the point. Remember that the journal has a global readership, so clear and concise non-vernacular language is most effective
  • Avoid the use of specific locations in the title
  • Do not use proprietary/trademarked names in the title
  • Do not use acronyms in the title unless they are universally recognized and accepted
  • NOTE: The title page of your submission must be included as part of your main text document (not as a separate file).

File Naming

All file names should be in English and contain only alphanumeric characters.  Do not include spaces, symbols, special characters, dashes, dots, or underscores.  Label each file with the first author's last name, followed by the content of the file (i.e.: SmithText; SmithTables; SmithFigureLegends; SmithFig1, etc.)

Important:  Please upload individual files of all manuscript material as described herein — please do NOT upload a combined PDF file containing all material in your submission.  

Preparation of Manuscript

Prepare text of manuscripts, figure legends, and tables in Microsoft Word, double spaced. The order of elements in each manuscript should be:

  • Title page (with full manuscript title, all contributing authors and their affiliations, a short running title, a denotation of the corresponding author, and a list of 3-6 keywords)
  • Abstract
  • Main text (do not embed figures or tables)
  • Conclusion (as a separate paragraph, not as part of the Discussion section)
  • Acknowledgments (if applicable)
  • Authorship confirmation statement (see below)
  • Author(s’) disclosure statement(s) (see below)
  • Funding statement (see below)
  • References
  • Figure legends
  • Tables
  • Supplemental files (if applicable; supplied in Word, not as a PDF)

Note: The keywords are search terms that will aid in the discoverability of the article in indexing services and search engines. They may or may not be different from the terms that you selected for the peer review process and areas of expertise. You will be asked to retype these search terms in the submission form when uploading your manuscript. These keywords will be included in the published article. If the search terms entered do not match the manuscript, the manuscript will serve as the default.

Manuscript Text

Maximum word count for original articles should not exceed 3,000 words.  In general, the text should be organized under the headings: Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion, and Conclusions. The Results and Discussion must be separate sections.


Rules for abbreviations and nomenclature follow those detailed annually in the first annual issue of J Biol Chem  











coenzyme A            


complementary DNA    


counts per minute     


deoxy (carbohydrates and nucleotides)







Ig (IgG, IgM, etc.)


I, Ino


14C, 3H, 32P

nicotinamide-adenine dinucleotide    


nicotinamide-adenine dinucleotide phosphate


nicotinamide mononucleotide


optical density


phosphate (in compounds)

P or P

phosphate (inorganic)


poly(adenylic acid)


polyadenylated RNA 




ribosomal ribonucleic acid


sodium dodecyl sulfate




All references must be cited within the text using the name and date format. For EndnoteTM users, the style is:

Example: The cell–cell adhesion structures are often found abnormal in various cancers (Vasioukhin, 2012).

If more than two authors are involved, use et al. (no italics) after the first author's name, e.g. (Rhee et al., 2018). If several works by the same authors are cited in one year, use a lowercase letter designation to indicate the individual citations [e.g. (Zhao et al., 2015a, 2015b)]. Use the same designation in the reference list.

Include the reference section as part of the main text file, not as a separate file. All references in the reference section must be double spaced and listed in alphabetical order at the end of the article. List all authors when there are six or fewer. When there are more than six authors, list the first six followed by et al. References must include complete titles and the complete page range of cited articles. Use journal abbreviations as provided by PubMed/Medline. If references to personal communications or unpublished data are used, they are not to be in the list of references. They should be referred to in the text in parentheses: (AB Jones, personal communication, year). Include among the references any articles that have been accepted but have not yet published; identify the name of the publication and add "In Press." If the reference has been published online, provide the DOI number in place of the page range.

Sample style for references:

    Journal article:

Chen J, Guan L, Tang L, Liu S, Zhou Y, Chen C, et al. T helper 9 cells: A new player in immune-related diseases. DNA Cell Biol 2019;38:1040-1047.  


Futuyma DJ, Kirkpatrick M. Evolution, Fourth Edition. Sinauer Associates, Inc., Sunderland, MA, 2017.

    Chapter in a book:

Lemon KP, Earl AM, Vlamakis HC, Aguilar C, Kolter R. Biofilm development with an emphasis on Bacillus subtilis. In Bacterial Biofilms, T. Romero, ed. Springer, Heidelberg, 2008, Chapter 1, pp. 1–16.


Lavilla S, González-López JJ, Larrosa MN, Bartolomé RM, Prat G. Prevalence of the quinolone-modifying enzyme aac(6´)-Ib-cr in extended-spectrum b-lactamase-producing enterobacterial isolates in Barcelona. Abstract no. P1523, presented at the 18th European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ECCMID), Barcelona, Spain, April 19–22, 2008.


Scacheri PC, Crabtree JS, Kennedy AL, Swain GP, Ward JM, Marx SJ, et al. P2006. V804M RET mutation in MEN2A: first report. J Intern Med 2004;255:712 (abstract).


Los Alamos National Laboratory Research Library. Databases: Bioinformatics. Available at Last accessed May 21, 2020.

Figure Legends

Figure legends should be uploaded as a separate Word file and double spaced. In the legend, provide explanations for any abbreviations, arrows, etc. that appear in the figure. If the illustration is taken from a copyrighted publication, permission must be secured, appropriate credit must be given in the legend, and a corresponding reference must appear in the reference section.


All tables should be prepared in one single Word file. Provide a title for each table. Cite tables in sequence in the text. Explain abbreviations used in the body of the table in footnotes. If the table is taken from a copyrighted publication, permission must be secured, appropriate credit must be given in the legend, and a corresponding reference must appear in the reference section.  


  • Submission of high resolution .TIFF or .EPS figure files is strongly recommended.
  • Figures should not be embedded within the manuscript file.
  • Cite figures consecutively in text within parentheses.
  • A legend should be supplied for each figure and all legends numbered consecutively.
  • Images should not show the name of a patient or a manufacturer.  
  • Do not include any illustrations as part of your text file.

Outstanding color photographs may be chosen for use on the cover, and authors are encouraged to consider this potential when submitting their manuscripts.   

Availability of Data Supporting Tables and Figures in Manuscripts

The Editors of DNA and Cell Biology are requiring the accessibility and transparency of data underlying the results of studies published in this journal. These data should be provided as a supplement(s).

Examples of the types and formats of data follow:

  • Uncropped scans of membranes used for Western blot images, autoradiograms, Southern blots
  • Confocal microscopy stack data files
  • In genome wide association studies (GWAS) all of the findings of unchanged and changed levels of gene expression of all data points acquired for the analysis
  • In clinical trials, links must be included for all data on each subject (encoded to meet HIPAA standards) whether deposited on or other sites such as university or consortium servers (e.g.,  If data have not been previously deposited, then the data link at the investigator’s site is acceptable. The NCT number associated with the trial must be included.
  • Accession Number must be provided for each genetic sequence.
  • Digital images of all group members analyzed when a figure is prepared with selected data

Supplemental files: Additional figures, tables, and supporting materials, as appropriate should be included in submissions.

Correspondence Address

Following the references, provide the name and complete affiliation and institutional email address of the person to whom correspondence should be sent.

Manuscript Revisions

To upload a revision of a manuscript, the submitting author should log in to their Author Center and click on “Revised Manuscripts in Draft.”  All revised submissions will be required to meet all formatting conditions described herein.  Submissions that do not satisfy these requirements will be un-submitted and returned to the submitting author for proper configuration.

Journal Policies on: 

Licensing Information: OPEN ACCESS and Copyright
Data Sharing and Preprint Policies
Post-Acceptance and Post-Publication Policies
Correction Statements / Retractions
Reprints, Permissions, & Social Media Use
Plagiarism Detection Software
Definitions of Scientific Misconduct
Responding to Allegations of Scientific Misconduct
Press Embargo Policy
Publication Costs
Archiving and Preservation
Publisher Information

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