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Submitting Your Manuscript

Stem Cells and Development carries a manuscript processing charge* of $75 USD upon submission of each new manuscript. Upon payment, you will be provided with a Manuscript Submission Code, and will be prompted to enter this information when uploading your files to our peer-review system. Please note:  Securing a token does not automatically create an account in our peer-review system. If you do not already have an account, you will be asked to create one before you can begin your submission.

Submissions do not need to be completed at once. Submitting authors/agents may begin the submission process, save their work, and return to the site to complete the upload(s) at a later time. There is no limit on the number of times one can save their work and subsequently resume the submission. Doing so will not incur additional charges.

Authors whose submissions do not comply with the Instructions for Authors will have their manuscripts un-submitted so that the file(s) may be adjusted accordingly. Directions regarding the necessary corrective actions will be provided in an email to the corresponding author at the time the manuscript is un-submitted. The submitting author/agent will then be provided with the opportunity to re-upload the corrected file(s). If a manuscript is un-submitted, it will reside in the corresponding author’s “Author Center” as a draft, and the submitting author/agent will be able to make the necessary adjustments and re-upload the manuscript without incurring another manuscript processing charge.

*The manuscript processing charge is independent of the editorial decision and is non-refundable.

ORCID IDs

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 Stem Cells and Development 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 Stem Cells and Development, 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

(See AUTHORSHIP DEFINITION AND RESPONSIBILITIES)

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.

Third-Party Submissions

Please note that if manuscripts are submitted by third parties (i.e., editing services or other agents), those third parties must submit the manuscript as a submitting agent, using a corporate or official email account. In addition, the name and company of the submitting agent must be disclosed in the cover letter. Author are responsible for manuscripts submitted by third parties. If we determine that a non-disclosed third party submitted the manuscript without following these procedures, we reserve the right to immediately reject the manuscript.

Submission Process

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All Original submissions must contain:

  • Where applicable, statement must also be made of approval for human pluripotent stem cell use.  
  • Acknowledgments section (if applicable) after the Conclusion of the manuscript, followed by
  • An Author Contribution statement for each listed author, 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.

NOTE:  The corresponding author is responsible for retaining all IRB or AICUC approval or waiver statements, and must be able to produce them upon request.

See IRB APPROVALS, PATIENT CONSENT, & ETHICAL TREATMENT OF ANIMALS

See AUTHOR CONFIRMATION AND DISCLOSURE STATEMENTS

See FUNDING INFORMATION: COMPLIANCE AND STATEMENTS

Note: Just Accepted / Instant Online Publication

Stem Cells and Development publishes all accepted papers within 72 hours of receipt of all authors' signed copyright agreement forms in their unedited, uncorrected format.  

It is important to note that the information that is published online, and in all indexing services, is pulled directly from the data that are populated into the fields in Manuscript Central – NOT from the manuscript file – when the paper is originally uploaded to the system for peer review.  Consequently, any errors contained in the system will remain on our website and all indexing services, including Medline, until the next revision* of the article is published.  As such, it is critical that authors enter all authors’ names correctly into the system at the time of submission.  Any omissions or errors will remain on our website and in indexing services until the subsequent online version is published.

*The next revision will take place after the corresponding author reviews page proofs, makes any necessary corrections, and returns the changes to the Publisher.  Once the alterations are completed, the revised version will be published on our website, and the newly corrected information will then be released to Medline/PubMed, in addition to any other indexing services in which the Journal is included.

Please note that the typical time between acceptance of a paper and page proof distribution is approximately 4 (four) weeks depending on the length and complexity of the paper.

Supplemental Information, if supplied, will NOT be published in the Just Accepted/LION platform, but instead will be published in the Online Now (epub) and final versions of the article. NOTE:  Supplemental Information will not be copyedited or typeset; it will be posted online as supplied.


All manuscripts must be prepared in accordance with the Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals (ICMJE Recommendations).

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

  • 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.
  • Provide an unstructured abstract of no more than 300 words.
  •     Provide the names and email addresses of at least three potential preferred reviewers familiar with the field.  Please make sure preferred reviewers are not from your university or institution or with whom you have collaborated.  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. Sharing on a public preprint server prior to submission is permitted, see details below.

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
  • If non-human work, please include species 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
  • Tables
  • Figure legends

Supplemental files (if applicable. If the submission is accepted, Supplemental Information will NOT be published in the Just Accepted/LION platform, but instead will be published in the Online Now (epub) and final versions of the article. Supplemental Information will not be copyedited or typeset; it will be posted online as supplied.) 

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 Introduction should describe the background leading to the study and clearly state the purpose of the study or its major contribution. In the Materials and Methods, please provide sufficient information to permit both reproduction of the results by other investigators and appropriate critical evaluation of the procedures used. Use only standard abbreviations, which can be found in the AMA’s Manual of Style for Authors and Editors, 10th edition or the Council of Science Editors (CSE) Style Manual, 8th edition.  At first usage, spell out terms and provide abbreviations in parentheses. Thereafter, use only the abbreviations. It is not necessary to spell out standard units of measure. Use generic names for drugs if possible. If you wish to use a proprietary drug name the first time it appears, use the generic name followed by the proprietary name, manufacturer, and location in parentheses.

References  

References must be prepared in Word, double spaced, and numbered consecutively as they are cited in the text (using superscript numbers).  Include the reference section as part of the main text file, not as a separate file. References appearing for the first time in tables and figures must be numbered in sequence with those cited in the text where the table or figure is mentioned. Use journal abbreviations as provided by PubMed/Medline. List all authors when there are six or fewer. When there are more than six, list the first three, followed by et al. 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). Include among the references any articles that have been accepted but have not yet published; identify the name of 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:

Oldershaw R, Owens WA, Sutherland R, et al. Human cardiac-mesenchymal stem cell-like cells, a novel cell population with therapeutic potential. Stem Cells Dev 2019;28:593-607.

    Book:

Lanza R, Atala A, eds. Essentials of Stem Cell Biology, 3rd Edition. San Diego, CA: Academic Press (Elsevier), 2013.

    Chapter in a book:  

Tamma R, Ruggieri S, Annese T, Ribatti D: Vascular wall as source of stem cells able to differentiate into endothelial cells. In: Turksen K, ed. Cell Biology and Translational Medicine, Volume 7: Stem Cells and Therapy: Emerging Approaches (Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology). Basel, Switzerland: Springer, 2020; pp. 29-36.

Tables

All tables should be prepared in one 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.  Any citations referred to in the table should be indicated by their citation number in the final reference list.

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.

Figures

  •     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.

For submissions containing Western blot images, the original uncropped gels from which the blots were derived must be uploaded as supplemental material under the manuscript category “Original Whole Gel(s) for Western Blots.” These files will be used for peer review purposes only.

Color Reproduction: The Journal encourages the submission of color figures, but the cost for color printing must be subsidized by the author(s). Please contact the publisher for current rates.

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

Processing charges and submission codes are NOT required for revisions to previously submitted manuscripts. To upload a revision of a manuscript, the submitting author should log in to their Author Center and click on “Revised Manuscripts in Draft.”  The manuscript will appear in this area, and the submitting author will be able to upload revised files without paying any charges or entering a submission code. 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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Publishing in Subscription Journals

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Authors may archive their preprint manuscripts (version prior to peer review) at any time without restrictions. Authors may archive their postprint manuscripts (accepted version after peer review) in institutional repositories, preprint servers, and research networks after a 12 month embargo. The 12 month embargo period begins when the article is published online. Postprints must not be used for commercial purposes and acknowledgement must be given to the final publication, and publisher, by inserting the DOI number of the article in the following sentence: “Final publication is available from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers http://dx.doi.org/[insert DOI]”. Authors may archive on their personal website without an embargo provided their manuscript is updated with an acknowledgement to the publisher copyright and final published version.

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