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Stem Cell Reviews and Reports

Stem Cell Reviews and Reports

Editor-in-Chief: Mariusz Z. Ratajczak

ISSN: 1550-8943 (print version)
ISSN: 1558-6804 (electronic version)

Journal no. 12015

Instructions for Authors

Your cover letter must include a valid institutional email address for each author. If this is not possible, the cover letter must include a means of verifying each author – such as an ORCID or Scopus ID or a link to their publication record(s).

Please suggest potential reviewers for this submission. Please remember that the reviewers you suggest should be totally independent, and not connected to you or your work in any way.

We strongly recommend that you suggest a mix of reviewers from different countries and different institutions - recommending reviewers only from your home country or your own institution is likely to result in your paper being rejected. In the 'Reason' field, you must also fill in the reviewer's country.

Also please ensure that you provide complete and accurate contact information for your suggested reviewers, including a valid institutional email address, ORCID or Scopus ID, or link to a publication record. Incomplete or incorrect information is also likely to result in your paper being rejected.

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Article types 

Article types that will be considered by SCRR for publication:
1. Reviews: Solicited or unsolicited 4,000-10,000 word reviews of topical areas of stem cell biology that highlight, critique and synthesize recent important findings in the field. They are intended to appeal to specialists and non-specialists alike in stem cell biology.
2. Reports: Full length Reports: Research articles should be fully documented reports of original research. They should be written in as concise a style as possible but should still be accessible to the readership of SCRR. The total length of the article should not exceed 10,000 words. This word count does not include the reference list but does include figure legends. Manuscripts should have no more than four page equivalents of figures and tables. Manuscripts should be structured as follows:: Title page, Summary, Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion, Acknowledgements, References, Figure Legends. Tables should be provided in a separate file.
Short Reports: New insights and perspectives papers with a maximum of 5,000 words that can be accompanied by up to four images (figures or tables). This word count does not include the reference list but does include figure legends. The structure of a Short Report follows that of a full-length report in SCRR.
3. Translational Stem Cell Studies: Results of clinical trials using stem cells as therapeutics. These papers could be submitted as full length or short reports.
4. Diseases of Stem Cells: These papers could be submitted as full length or short reports.
5. Hypothesis and Commentary Articles: Opinion-based pieces of 3000-5000 words in which authors can propose a new theory, interpretation of a controversial area in stem cell biology, or a stem cell biology question or paradigm. These articles contain more speculation than reviews, but should be based on solid rationale.
6. Protocols: Peer-reviewed procedures that provide step-by-step descriptions, outlined in sufficient detail, so that both experts and novices can apply them to their own research. The total length of the article should not exceed 10,000 words. This word count does not include the reference list but does include figure legends. Manuscripts should have no more than four page equivalents of figures and tables.
7. Letter to the Editor and Correspondence papers – limited to 1000 words, 1 figure and 5 references pieces. Criterion includes interest in the field, and providing sufficient evidence to support.
For questions about any other type of article, please contact the Editor in Chief Dr. Mariusz Ratajczak at mariusz.ratajczak@louisville.edu

Online manuscript submission 

Springer now offers authors, editors, and reviewers of Stem Cell Reviews and Reports the use of our fully web-enabled online manuscript submission and review system. To keep the review time as short as possible, we request that authors submit their manuscripts online to the journal’s editorial office. Our online manuscript submission and review system offers authors the option of tracking the progress of the review process of manuscripts in real time. Manuscripts should be submitted to: http://stcr.edmgr.com/
The online manuscript submission and review system for Stem Cell Reviews and Reports offers easy and straightforward log-in and submission procedures. This system supports a wide range of submission file formats: for manuscripts, Word, WordPerfect, RTF, TXT, and LaTex; for figures, TIFF, GIF, JPEG, EPS, PPT, and Postscript. PDF is not an acceptable file format.
Note: in case you encounter any difficulties while submitting your manuscript online, please click on “CONTACT US” from the tool bar in Editorial Manager.
Authors should still follow the regular instructions for authors when preparing their manuscripts (see below).

Manuscript Preparation 

Type manuscript double-spaced in Microsoft Word on consecutively numbered pages with 1- to 1-1/2 in. margins. Pages should be numbered beginning with the title page. Each manuscript should include an acknowledgments section that contains all personal acknowledgments and lists of grant support. All Artwork and Tables should be prepared as outlined below.
Abstracts should not exceed 250 words. Every article must have an abstract.
Include 5-10 Index Entries/Key Words.
If your submission includes Artwork, number figures consecutively with Arabic numerals. Include figure captions in a separate section at the end of the manuscript; callouts (if any) should be capital letters. All illustrations, including chemical structures, must be provided in professional-quality, finished form ready for direct reproduction without revision by us. Micrograph magnification should be given with scale bars defined in microns, not as “x magnification.” Additional specifications apply regarding Computer Graphics and Color Art.
If your submission includes Computer Graphics, acceptable software formats are: Adobe Illustrator versions 5 through 9; Adobe Photoshop versions 5 and up. File formats are as follows: EPS (Encapsulated Postscript), TIF, JPEG (low-compression/high-quality), and those native software formats listed above.
dpi specifications: line art should be no less than 1200 dpi; halftone scans should be 300 dpi.
Color Art: If your submission includes Color Art, it cannot be printed unless the author is willing to assume the additional costs involved in production. All color art must adhere to the guidelines under Computer Graphics. Color art must be prepared in CMYK color mode.
If your submission includes Tables, type them on separate pages, numbered consecutively with Arabic numerals in order of mention in the text. Please provide titles.
If your submission includes References, Arabic numbers should be used for text citations (set within parentheses at point of citation), and they should be listed in numerical order in text, as well as in the reference section. Abbreviations for titles of medical periodicals should conform to those used in the latest edition of Index Medicus and on MEDLINE. List all authors when there are six or fewer; when there are seven or more, list the first three, then “et al”. References should follow that of The New England Journal of Medicine and examples are given below:
  • Journal article
    Harris, M., Karper, E., Stacks, G., Hoffman, D., DeNiro, R., Cruz, P., et al. (2001). Writing labs and the Hollywood connection. Journal of Film Writing, 44(3), 213–245.
  • Article by DOI
    Slifka, M.K., Whitton, J.L. (2000) Clinical implications of dysregulated cytokine production. Journal of Molecular Medicine, doi:10.1007/s001090000086
  • Book
    Calfee, R. C., & Valencia, R. R. (1991). APA guide to preparing manuscripts for journal publication. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
  • Book chapter
    O’Neil, J. M., & Egan, J. (1992). Men’s and women’s gender role journeys: Metaphor for healing, transition, and transformation. In B. R. Wainrib (Ed.), Gender issues across the life cycle (pp. 107–123). New York: Springer.
  • Online document
    Abou-Allaban, Y., Dell, M. L., Greenberg, W., Lomax, J., Peteet, J., Torres, M., Cowell, V. (2006). Religious/spiritual commitments and psychiatric practice. Resource document. American Psychiatric Association. http://www.psych.org/edu/other_res/lib_archives/archives/200604.pdf. Accessed 25 June 2007.
Journal names and book titles should be italicized.

Reprints 

Reprints are available to authors at standard rates. Both paper and PDF reprints can be purchased.

English Language Editing 

For editors and reviewers to accurately assess the work presented in your manuscript you need to ensure the English language is of sufficient quality to be understood. If you need help with writing in English you should consider:
  • Asking a colleague who is a native English speaker to review your manuscript for clarity.
  • Visiting the English language tutorial which covers the common mistakes when writing in English.
  • Using a professional language editing service where editors will improve the English to ensure that your meaning is clear and identify problems that require your review. Two such services are provided by our affiliates Nature Research Editing Service and American Journal Experts. Springer authors are entitled to a 10% discount on their first submission to either of these services, simply follow the links below.
Please note that the use of a language editing service is not a requirement for publication in this journal and does not imply or guarantee that the article will be selected for peer review or accepted.
If your manuscript is accepted it will be checked by our copyeditors for spelling and formal style before publication.

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Ethical Responsibilities of Authors 

This journal is committed to upholding the integrity of the scientific record. As a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) the journal will follow the COPE guidelines on how to deal with potential acts of misconduct.
Authors should refrain from misrepresenting research results which could damage the trust in the journal, the professionalism of scientific authorship, and ultimately the entire scientific endeavour. Maintaining integrity of the research and its presentation can be achieved by following the rules of good scientific practice, which include:
  • The manuscript has not been submitted to more than one journal for simultaneous consideration.
  • The manuscript has not been published previously (partly or in full), unless the new work concerns an expansion of previous work (please provide transparency on the re-use of material to avoid the hint of text-recycling (“self-plagiarism”)).
  • A single study is not split up into several parts to increase the quantity of submissions and submitted to various journals or to one journal over time (e.g. “salami-publishing”).
  • No data have been fabricated or manipulated (including images) to support your conclusions
  • No data, text, or theories by others are presented as if they were the author’s own (“plagiarism”). Proper acknowledgements to other works must be given (this includes material that is closely copied (near verbatim), summarized and/or paraphrased), quotation marks are used for verbatim copying of material, and permissions are secured for material that is copyrighted.
    Important note: the journal may use software to screen for plagiarism.
  • Consent to submit has been received explicitly from all co-authors, as well as from the responsible authorities - tacitly or explicitly - at the institute/organization where the work has been carried out, before the work is submitted.
  • Authors whose names appear on the submission have contributed sufficiently to the scientific work and therefore share collective responsibility and accountability for the results.
  • Authors are strongly advised to ensure the correct author group, corresponding author, and order of authors at submission. Changes of authorship or in the order of authors are not accepted after acceptance of a manuscript.
  • Adding and/or deleting authors at revision stage may be justifiably warranted. A letter must accompany the revised manuscript to explain the role of the added and/or deleted author(s). Further documentation may be required to support your request.
  • Requests for addition or removal of authors as a result of authorship disputes after acceptance are honored after formal notification by the institute or independent body and/or when there is agreement between all authors.
  • Upon request authors should be prepared to send relevant documentation or data in order to verify the validity of the results. This could be in the form of raw data, samples, records, etc. Sensitive information in the form of confidential proprietary data is excluded.
If there is a suspicion of misconduct, the journal will carry out an investigation following the COPE guidelines. If, after investigation, the allegation seems to raise valid concerns, the accused author will be contacted and given an opportunity to address the issue. If misconduct has been established beyond reasonable doubt, this may result in the Editor-in-Chief’s implementation of the following measures, including, but not limited to:
  • If the article is still under consideration, it may be rejected and returned to the author.
  • If the article has already been published online, depending on the nature and severity of the infraction, either an erratum will be placed with the article or in severe cases complete retraction of the article will occur. The reason must be given in the published erratum or retraction note. Please note that retraction means that the paper is maintained on the platform, watermarked "retracted" and explanation for the retraction is provided in a note linked to the watermarked article.
  • The author’s institution may be informed.

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To ensure objectivity and transparency in research and to ensure that accepted principles of ethical and professional conduct have been followed, authors should include information regarding sources of funding, potential conflicts of interest (financial or non-financial), informed consent if the research involved human participants, and a statement on welfare of animals if the research involved animals.
Authors should include the following statements (if applicable) in a separate section entitled “Compliance with Ethical Standards” when submitting a paper:
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The corresponding author should be prepared to collect documentation of compliance with ethical standards and send if requested during peer review or after publication.
The Editors reserve the right to reject manuscripts that do not comply with the above-mentioned guidelines. The author will be held responsible for false statements or failure to fulfill the above-mentioned guidelines.

Disclosure of potential conflicts of interest 

Authors must disclose all relationships or interests that could have direct or potential influence or impart bias on the work. Although an author may not feel there is any conflict, disclosure of relationships and interests provides a more complete and transparent process, leading to an accurate and objective assessment of the work. Awareness of a real or perceived conflicts of interest is a perspective to which the readers are entitled. This is not meant to imply that a financial relationship with an organization that sponsored the research or compensation received for consultancy work is inappropriate. Examples of potential conflicts of interests that are directly or indirectly related to the research may include but are not limited to the following:
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In addition, interests that go beyond financial interests and compensation (non-financial interests) that may be important to readers should be disclosed. These may include but are not limited to personal relationships or competing interests directly or indirectly tied to this research, or professional interests or personal beliefs that may influence your research.
The corresponding author collects the conflict of interest disclosure forms from all authors. In author collaborations where formal agreements for representation allow it, it is sufficient for the corresponding author to sign the disclosure form on behalf of all authors. Examples of forms can be found
The corresponding author will include a summary statement in the text of the manuscript in a separate section before the reference list, that reflects what is recorded in the potential conflict of interest disclosure form(s).
See below examples of disclosures:
Funding: This study was funded by X (grant number X).
Conflict of Interest: Author A has received research grants from Company A. Author B has received a speaker honorarium from Company X and owns stock in Company Y. Author C is a member of committee Z.
If no conflict exists, the authors should state:
Conflict of Interest: The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

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    The purpose of Stem Cell Reviews and Reports is to cover contemporary and emerging areas in stem cell research and regenerative medicine. The journal will consider for publication:

     i) solicited or unsolicited reviews of topical areas of stem cell biology that highlight, critique and synthesize recent important findings in the field

    ii) full length and short reports presenting original experimental work

     iii) translational stem cell studies describing results of clinical trials using stem cells as therapeutics

    iv) papers focused on diseases of stem cells

    v) hypothesis and commentary articles as opinion-based pieces in which authors can propose a new theory, interpretation of a controversial area in stem cell biology, or a stem cell biology question or paradigm. These articles contain more speculation than reviews, but they should be based on solid rationale.

    vi) protocols as peer-reviewed procedures that provide step-by-step descriptions, outlined in sufficient detail, so that both experts and novices can apply them to their own research

    vii) letters to the editor and correspondence.

    For more detailed information including article length, online submission and  more please visit our web page.

     

    In order to facilitate this exchange of scientific information and exciting novel ideas, the journal has created five thematic sections, focusing on:

     i) the role of adult stem cells in tissue regeneration,

    ii) progress in research on induced pluripotent stem cells, embryonic stem cells and mechanism governing embryogenesis and tissue development,

    iii) the role of microenvironment and extracellular microvesicles in directing the fate of stem cells

    iv) mechanisms of stem cell trafficking, stem cell mobilization and homing with special emphasis on hematopoiesis

    v) the role of stem cells in aging processes and cancerogenesis.

     

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