Cell (journal)

Abbreviated title (ISO 4)
Discipline Biology
Language English
Edited by Emilie Marcus
Publication details
Publication history
Frequency Biweekly
After 12 months
ISSN 0092-8674 (print)
1097-4172 (web)
LCCN 74641498
OCLC no. 01792038

Cell is a peer-reviewed scientific journal publishing research papers across a broad range of disciplines within the life sciences.[1] Areas covered include molecular biology, cell biology, systems biology, stem cells, developmental biology, genetics and genomics, proteomics, cancer research, immunology, neuroscience, structural biology, microbiology, virology, physiology, biophysics, and computational biology. The journal was established in 1974 by Benjamin Lewin[2] and is published twice monthly by Cell Press, an imprint of Elsevier.


Benjamin Lewin founded Cell in January 1974, under the aegis of MIT Press. He then bought the title and established an independent Cell Press in 1986.[2] In April 1999, Lewin sold Cell Press to Elsevier.[3]

The "Article of the Future" feature was the recipient of a 2011 PROSE Award for Excellence in Biological & Life Sciences presented by the Professional and Scholarly Publishing Division of the Association of American Publishers.[4]

Impact factor

According to ScienceWatch, the journal was ranked first overall in the category of highest-impact journals (all fields) over 1995–2005 with an average of 161.2 citations per paper.[5] According to the Journal Citation Reports, the journal has a 2015 impact factor of 28.710, ranking it second out of 289 journals in "Biochemistry & Molecular Biology" after Nature Reviews Genetics.[6]

Contents and features

In addition to original research articles, Cell's "Leading Edge" section publishes previews, minireviews, reviews, analysis articles, commentaries, essays, correspondence, and Snapshot (a reference tool presenting up-to-date tables of nomenclature, glossaries, full signaling pathways and schematic diagrams of cellular processes).[1] Features include "PaperClips" (short conversations between a Cell editor and an author exploring the rationale and implications of research findings)[7] and "PaperFlicks" (video summaries of a Cell paper).[7][8]


Content over 12 months old is freely accessible, starting from the January 1995 issue.[9]


See also


  1. 1 2 "About Cell". Reed Elsevier. Archived from the original on 2010-03-23.
  2. 1 2 Elsevier: Cell: Home (accessed 12 December 2008)
  3. "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-01-28. Retrieved 2011-07-10.
  4. "Cell Press Wins Prestigious PROSE Award for Article of the Future". Press release. Cambridge, MA: Elsevier. February 8, 2011. Retrieved 2013-12-14.
  5. Schafer, Nancy Imelda (October 24, 2005). "Highest-Impact Journals (All Fields), 1995-2005". In-cites.com. Retrieved 2013-12-14.
  6. "Journals Ranked by Impact: All Journals". 2015 Journal Citation Reports. Web of Science (Science ed.). Thomson Reuters. 2016.
  7. 1 2 "Cell website".
  8. "Cell PaperFlicks". Youtube.com. Retrieved 2013-12-14.
  9. "Emilie Marcus, Executive Editor". Cell Press. Elsevier. Archived from the original on 2009-02-08. Retrieved 2008-12-12.

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