Cell is a peer-reviewed scientific journal founded by Benjamin Lewin in January 1974 with the sponsorship of MIT Press. Lewin bought the rights to the journal in 1986 and published it under his own publishing arm Cell Press. Cell Press was sold to Elsevier in 1999, which currently publishes Cell twice monthly.
Cell Press publishes several biomedical journals, including Cell, Neuron, Immunity, Molecular Cell, Developmental Cell, Cancer Cell, Current Biology, Structure, Chemistry & Biology, Cell Metabolism, American Journal of Human Genetics, Cell Host & Microbe, Cell Stem Cell and Cell Reports.
The journal Cell publishes research papers across a broad range of disciplines within the life sciences. 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.
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). Features include “PaperClips” (short conversations between a Cell editor and an author exploring the rationale and implications of research findings) and “PaperFlicks” (video summaries of a Cell paper).
Journal Citation Reports ranked Cell 14 of 8005 indexed journals in 2010.
Content over 12 months old is open-access, starting from the January 1995 issue.
Image Caption: Cover of the November 2008 issue of the journal ‘Cell’. Credit: Wikipedia