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Manuscripts should be prepared in accordance with the uniform requirements for Manuscript's Submission to "Journal of Cell and Molecular Research".

You will need to fill in two forms (author agreement and conflict of interest form, copyrights form), sign and upload their scanned images (as PDF) on the journal site upon your submission. You can download them here: JCMR Forms.

Language: Papers should be in English (either British or American spelling). The past tense should be used throughout the description of the results, and the present tense in referring to previously established and generally accepted results. Authors who are unsure of correct English usage should have their manuscript checked by somebody who is proficient in the language; manuscripts that are deficient in this respect may be returned to the author for revision before scientific review.

Typing: Manuscripts must be typewritten in a font size of at least 12 points, double-spaced (including References, Tables and Figure legends) with wide margins (2.5 cm from all sides) on one side of the paper. The beginning of each new paragraph must be clearly indicated by indentation. All pages should be numbered consecutively at the bottom starting with the title page.

Length: The length of research articles should be restricted to ten printed pages. Short communication should not exceed five pages of the manuscript, including references, figures, and tables. Letters should be 400-500 words having 7-10 references, one figure, or table if necessary. Commentaries and news should also be 800-1000 words having 7-10 references and one figure or table if necessary.

Types of Manuscripts: JCMR is accepting original research papers, short communication reports, invited reviews, letters to the editor, biographies of scientific reviewers, commentaries, and news. 

Statement of Human and Animal Rights: Author's should declare a regulatory statement regarding the experiments using animals, human cells/tissues that all in vivo experiments have been performed according to the guidelines (explained by WHO, international animal rights federations, or your respective institute) to use animals in their research work.

Conflict of Interest Statement: Authors or corresponding authors should declare a statement of conflict of interest at the last of the manuscript.

Manuscript Evaluation Time: All submitted manuscripts will be evaluated and reviewed according to the following evaluation schedule.

Pre-Editorial Evaluation: All submitted manuscripts, right after their submission to JCMR will be evaluated by editors for being according to the journal scope and format. This evaluation can take 20 days of submission.
Reviewer's Evaluation: Selected manuscripts after pre-editorial evaluation, will be sent to a minimum of two blind reviewers assigned by the editor-in-chief. This process may take a minimum of 27 days.
Post Editorial Evaluation: After receiving the reviewer's comments, editors evaluate the manuscripts considering the comments and decide their first decision. This process takes 3-5 days and then authors are informed regarding the editorial decision.


Title: On the first page, papers should be headed by a concise and informative title. The title should be followed by the authors' full first names, middle initials, and last names and by names and addresses of laboratories where the work was carried out. Identify the affiliations of all authors and their institutions, departments, or organization by use of Arabic numbers (1, 2, 3, etc.).

Footnotes: The name and full postal address, telephone, fax, and E-mail address of the corresponding author should be provided in a footnote.

Abbreviations: The standard abbreviations need to be spelled out within the paper. Non-standard and undefined abbreviations used five or more times should be listed in the footnote. Abbreviations should be defined where first mentioned in the text. Do not use abbreviations in the title or in the Abstract. However, they can be used in Figures and Tables with explanations in the Figure legend or in a footnote to the Table.

Abstract: On the second page, the abstract should follow the title (no authors’ name) in an unstructured format of not more than 250 words and must be able to stand independently and should state the Background, Methods, Results, and Conclusion. Write the abstract in the third person. References should not be cited and abbreviations should be avoided.

Keywords: A list of three to six keywords for indexing should be included at the bottom of the abstract.

Introduction: The introduction should contain a description of the problem under investigation and a brief survey of the existing literature on the subject.

Materials and Methods: Sufficient details must be provided to allow the work to be repeated. Correct chemical names should be given and strains of organisms should be specified. Suppliers of materials need to be mentioned. Use System International (SI) units and symbols.

Results: This section should describe concisely the rationale of the investigation and its outcomes. Data should not be repeated in both a Table and a Figure. Tables and Figures should be selected to illustrate specific points. Do not tabulate or illustrate points that can be adequately and concisely described in the text.

Discussion: This should not simply recapitulate the Results. It should relate results to previous work and interpret them. Combined Results and Discussion sections are encouraged when appropriate.

Acknowledgments: This optional part should include a statement thanking those who assisted substantially with work relevant to the study. Grant support should be included in this section.

References: References should be written in alphabetical order. Only published, "in press" papers, and books may be cited in the reference list (see the examples below). References to work "in the press" must be accompanied by a copy of the acceptance letter from the journal. References should not be given to personal communications, unpublished data, manuscripts in preparation, letters, company publications, patents pending, and URLs for websites. Abstracts of papers presented at meetings are not permissible. These references should appear as parenthetical expressions in the text, e.g. (unpublished data). Few examples of referencing patterns are given as follows:

Examples of text references:

Cite a source written by one author: (Kikuchi, 2014)

Cite a source written by two authors: (Rinn and Chang, 2012)

Cite a source written by three or more authors: (Mead et al., 2015)

Examples of end references:

>>> Kikuchi K. (2014) Advances in understanding the mechanism of zebrafish heart regeneration. Stem Cell Research 13:542-555.

>>> Irfan-Maqsood M. (2013) Stem Cells of Epidermis: A Critical Introduction. Journal of Cell and Molecular Research 5:1, 1-2.

>>> Rinn J. L. and Chang H. Y. (2012) Genome regulation by long noncoding RNAs. Annual Review of Biochemistry 81:1-9.

>>> Bongso A., Lee E. H. and Brenner S. (2005) Stem cells from bench to bedside. World Scientific Publishing Co. Singapore, 38-55 pp.

(6 authors:) Mead B., Berry M., Logan A., Scott R. A., Leadbeater W. and Scheven B. A. (2015) Stem cell treatment of degenerative eye disease. Stem Cell Research 14:243-257.


Note: When citing more than six authors, give the name of the first author and abbreviate the others to et al.

(more than 6 authors:) Vaculik C., Schuster C., Bauer W., Iram N., Pfisterer K., Kramer G., et al. (2012) Human dermis harbors distinct mesenchymal stromal cell subsets. Journal of Investigative Dermatology 132:563-574.

Note: All the references should be in EndNote format ( click here to download JCMR EndNote Style)

Tables and Figures: Tables and Figures should be numbered (1, 2, 3, etc.) as they appear in the text. Figures should preferably be the size intended for publication. Tables and Figures should be carefully marked. Legends should be typed single-spaced separately from the figures. Photographs must be originals of high quality. Photocopies are not acceptable. Those wishing to submit color photographs should contact the Editor regarding charges.

JCMR Open Access Policy: Journal of Cell and Molecular Research follows the terms outlined by the Creative Common's Attribution-Only license (CC-BY) to be the standard terms for Open Access. Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

All manuscripts submitted to JCMR are tracked by using "iThenticate" and ''Plagiarism Tracker X'' for possible plagiarism before acceptance. 
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