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Special issue: Forces On and Within Cells

Lead Editors:
Valerie Marie Weaver, University of California, San Francisco
Dennis Discher, University of Pennsylvania
Alex Dunn, Stanford University
Michael Murrell, Yale University
Alpha Yap, University of Queensland

Submission deadline: March 1st, 2023

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Molecular Biology of the Cell (MBoC), the respected research publication of the American Society for Cell Biology, invites submissions for the Special Issue on Forces On and Within Cells.

Editor-in-Chief Matt Welch and the Special Issue Editors encourage you to submit your work to the exciting Special Issue on a very important area of cell biology. The returning Issue Editors include Valerie Weaver, Dennis Discher, Alpha Yap, Alex Dunn, and Michael Murrell.

Given its topical relevance and importance, Welch, and the members of the Editorial Board remain in consensus that MBoC is the right venue for papers that deal with the generation, detection, and effects of forces that act within or upon cells. The last releases (2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022) stand testament to the quality of research published in the special issue.

Among the topics within the scope of the special issue on Forces On and Within Cells are:

  • Force-generating machines
  • Force-detecting mechanisms
  • Force regulation of cell and tissue phenotype:
    • Receptor signaling
    • Stem cell differentiation
    • Cell migration
    • Cell cycle regulation
    • Cell survival
    • Nuclear architecture
    • Chromatin structure and gene expression
  • Force regulation of tissue development and homeostasis
  • Perturbed force in disease:
    • Cardiovascular disease
    • Cancer
    • Degenerative diseases
  • Measuring force at the subcellular, cellular, and tissue level
  • Manipulating force at the subcellular, cellular, and tissue level
  • Modeling force at the single cell and tissue level


All submissions are through the online portal ASCB MBoC.

If you have any queries about submissions, please contact: Eric Baker, Journals Manager, [email protected]

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MBoC was founded in 1989 on the principle that editors and reviewers should evaluate work based solely on scientific merit and basic biological significance. Your manuscript will receive fast and constructive review by scientists like you. With more than 2.25 million annual views and downloads, your MBoC paper will also benefit from outstanding visibility. 43% of manuscripts are accepted, and the process is fast: three days from submission to first decision, 27 days to post-review decision, and 14 days from acceptance to online publication.

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