Protein & Cell publishes original research articles, reviews, and commentaries concerning the latest developments in multidisciplinary areas in biology and biomedicine, with an emphasis on protein and cell research.

Subject areas include biochemistry/biophysics, cell biology, developmental biology, genetics, immunology, microbiology, molecular biology, neuroscience, oncology, protein science, structural biology and translational medicine. In addition, Protein & Cell addresses research highlights, news and views, and commentaries covering research policies and funding trends in China, and provides a forum to foster academic exchange among researchers across different fields of the life sciences.

Protein & Cell is a peer-reviewed open access journal published monthly. The open access fees (article-processing charges) for this journal are kindly sponsored by Higher Education Press, Beijing Institutes of Life Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences and Biophysical Society of China. Authors can publish in the journal without any additional charges.

Why publish with us

  • We provide a forum to foster academic exchange among researchers across different fields of the life sciences.
  • We publish research highlights, news, views, and commentaries covering the latest developments in multidisciplinary areas in biology and biomedicine, emphasizing protein and cell research.
  • Open access publication ensures that your article can be easily discovered, accessed, used, and shared, maximising your impact and acting as a springboard for further discovery.
  • We provide high levels of author satisfaction, with 94% of our published authors reporting that they would definitely or probably publish with us again.

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Editor-in-Chief
  • Zihe Rao
Publishing model
Open Access. Learn about publishing OA with us

Journal metrics

10.164 (2019)
Impact factor
7.978 (2019)
Five year impact factor
7 days
Submission to first decision
701,621 (2020)
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Electronic ISSN
1674-8018
Print ISSN
1674-800X
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Co-publication with Higher Education Press
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  1. BIOSIS
  2. Biological Abstracts
  3. CNKI
  4. Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS)
  5. Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) - GoOA
  6. Chinese Science Citation Database
  7. DOAJ
  8. Dimensions
  9. EBSCO Biomedical Reference Collection
  10. EBSCO Discovery Service
  11. EBSCO STM Source
  12. EMBASE
  13. EMBiology
  14. Google Scholar
  15. Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China
  16. Journal Citation Reports/Science Edition
  17. Medline
  18. Meta
  19. Naver
  20. Norwegian Register for Scientific Journals and Series
  21. OCLC WorldCat Discovery Service
  22. Pathway Studio
  23. ProQuest Biological Science Database
  24. ProQuest Central
  25. ProQuest Health & Medical Collection
  26. ProQuest Health Research Premium Collection
  27. ProQuest Medical Database
  28. ProQuest Natural Science Collection
  29. ProQuest Pharma Collection
  30. ProQuest SciTech Premium Collection
  31. ProQuest-ExLibris Primo
  32. ProQuest-ExLibris Summon
  33. PubMedCentral
  34. Reaxys
  35. SCImago
  36. SCOPUS
  37. Science Citation Index Expanded (SciSearch)
  38. TD Net Discovery Service
  39. UGC-CARE List (India)
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