- Indexed using DOAJ, PubMed Central (PMC), and Scopus
- Published since 2008
- Publication is subject to payment of an article processing charge (APC)
Journal of Cell Death is an open access, peer reviewed international journal that focuses on all types and aspects of cell death, both natural and pathological, and at both the basic and applied levels. Please see the Aims and Scope tab for further information.
This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).
Submit your manuscript at here.
Please see the Submission Guidelines for more information on how to submit your article to the journal.
Open access article processing charge (APC) information
Publication in the journal is subject to payment of an article processing charge (APC). The APC serves to support the journal and ensures that articles are freely accessible online in perpetuity under a Creative Commons license.
The APC for this journal is currently $1848 USD.
The article processing charge (APC) is payable only if your article is accepted after peer review, before it is published. The APC is subject to taxes where applicable. Tax-exempt status can be indicated by providing appropriate registration numbers when payment is requested. Please see further details here.
Please direct any queries to Kiley.Allen@sagepub.com.
Journal of Cell Death is an open access, peer reviewed journal which covers research into all types and aspects of cell death, both natural and pathological, and at both the basic and applied levels. This includes the causes, cellular components, pathways, mediators and processes involved, as well as biochemistry, morphological changes, genetics and function.
Of particular interest are the implications necrotic and apoptotic processes have for disease and treatment together with the phagocytic mechanisms responsible for the disposal of cellular corpses. Related topics such as autophagocytosis are also included.
This journal welcomes new manuscripts for peer review on the following topics:
All types and aspects of cell death, both natural and pathological, at both the basic and applied levels
- Cellular components
- Mediators and processes involved
- Morphological changes
- Genetics and function
- The implications necrotic and apoptotic processes have for disease and treatment together with the phagocytic mechanisms responsible for the disposal of cellular corpses
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|Garry M. Walsh||University of Aberdeen, UK|
|Fanyin Meng||Texas A&M Health Science Center - College of Medicine, USA|
|Gianfranco Alpini||Texas A&M Health Science Center - College of Medicine, USA|
|Laure Aurelian||University of Maryland, USA|
|Doris Mangiaracina Benbrook||University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, OK, USA|
|Bruce S. Bochner||Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, USA|
|Istvan Boldogh||University of Texas Medical Branch, USA|
|Thomas L. Brown||Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, USA|
|Edwin R. Chilvers||University of Cambridge, UK|
|Thomas G. Cotter||University College Cork, Ireland|
|Clinton Jones||University of Nebraska, USA|
|Louis B. Justement||The University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA|
|Addanki Pratap Kumar||University of Texas Health Science Center, USA|
|Stuart A. Lipton||Scripps Research Institute, and University of California at San Diego, La Jolla, CA, USA|
|Kenneth Maiese||New Jersey Medical School, USA|
|Ali G. Marian||Institute for Molecular Medicine, USA|
|Merry Jo Oursler||Mayo Clinic, USA|
|Louis M. Pelus||Indiana University School of Medicine, USA|
|Adriano G. Rossi||University of Edinburgh, UK|
|Ahmad R. Safa||Indiana University - Purdue University, USA|
|Darren William Sexton||University of East Anglia, UK|
|Daret St. Clair||University of Kentucky, USA|
|Rubin M. Tuder||University of Colorado, USA|
|Moira Whyte||University of Sheffield, UK|
Before you submit your research, please make sure your paper meets the below criteria:
Your paper is an original work and has not been published or currently under review with another journal.
Only authors that have contributed to the work are added. Please see ICMJE's guidelines "Defining Roles of Authors and Contributors".
Your figures are of acceptable quality and uploaded as separate files. Line art should be 900-1200 DPI, images 300 DPI. Images should be minimally processes to uphold their original integrity. More figure information here.
Your references are formatted correctly and numbered as they appear in the text. Please visit here for reference style.
Data and complete methods should be made available so that others may replicate your study. If applicable, please see here for more information and data repositories.
Authors must have an understanding and agreement to pay any applicable article processing charges (APCs).
Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims & scope of the journal will be reviewed.
Full guidelines are below. Submissions that don't adhere to these instructions will be returned prior to peer review.
Once your manuscript meets all criteria above and below, you can submit it through our online submission system here.
This Journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics.
This Journal recommends that authors follow the Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals formulated by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE).
- Open Access
- Article processing charge (APC)
- What do we publish?
3.1 Aims & scope
3.2 Article types
3.3 Writing your paper
3.3.1 Making your article discoverable
- Editorial policies
4.1 Peer Review Policy
4.5 Declaration of conflicting interests
4.6 Research ethics and patient consent
4.7 Clinical Trials
4.8 Reporting guidelines
- Publishing policies
5.1 Publication ethics
5.2 Contributor's publishing agreement
- Preparing your manuscript
6.1 Word processing formats
6.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics
6.3 Supplemental material
6.4 Reference style
6.5 English language editing services
- Submitting your manuscript
7.1 How to submit your manuscript
7.2 Title, keywords and abstracts
7.3 Information required for completing your submission
- On acceptance and publication
8.1 SAGE Production
8.2 Continuous publication
8.3 Promoting your article
- Further information
Journal of Cell Death is an open access, peer-reviewed journal. Each article accepted by peer review is
made freely available online immediately upon publication, is published under a Creative Commons
license and will be hosted online in perpetuity. Publication costs of the journal are covered by the
collection of article processing charges which are paid by the funder, institution or author of each
manuscript upon acceptance. There is no charge for submitting a paper to the journal.
If, after peer review, your manuscript is accepted for publication, a one-time article processing charge
(APC) is payable. This APC covers the cost of publication and ensures that your article will be freely
available online in perpetuity under a Creative Commons license.
The article processing charge (APC) is $1,848 USD for authors in North America and £1,399 for authors in
all other countries.*
*The article processing charge (APC) is payable upon acceptance after peer review and is subject to value
added tax (VAT) where applicable. If the paying author/institution is based in the European Union, to
comply with European law, VAT must be added to the APC. Providing a VAT registration number will
allow an institution to avoid paying this tax, except for UK institutions. Payments can be made in GBP or
Before submitting your manuscript to Journal of Cell Death, please ensure you have read the
Aims & Scope tab.
Journal of Cell Death welcomes submissions of the following types:
1. Case Reports
- Case reports present interesting or unusual examples of disease, side effects,
symptoms, treatments, pathogenesis, or unusual circumstances in medicine and
healthcare. Articles can be accompanied by pictures if necessary—these require
informed patient consent to publish—and should contribute to the existing
literature on the condition they report on. Manuscripts must present out of the
- Commentaries discuss the findings, implications, and/or outcomes of specific
research or wider research on a general topic. They elaborate on or offer original
ideas about a specific paper or a widely-researched subject. Commentaries
differ from reviews in that they present the author’s original ideas and
suggestions instead of only collating and reporting the previous research.
- Written by the Editor-in-Chief, deputy Editor-in-Chief, Guest Editor or Associate
Editor of a journal, editorials are intended to inform readers of changes
concerning the journal, or to introduce supplements, special issues, or new ideas
relevant to the journal. In limited circumstances individuals other than the
individuals listed here may propose an editorial topic if they wish.
4. Letters to the Editor
A letter to the Editor is a brief communication that either addresses the contents of a
published article, or is a correspondence unrelated to a specific article. Its purpose is
to make corrections, provide alternative viewpoints, or offer counter arguments. Avoid
logical fallacies and ad hominem attacks. Letters to the Editor must be written in a
professional tone and include references to support all claims if appropriate.
A letter to the Editor unrelated to a specific article should not exceed 500 words or have
more than 3 references. A letter to the Editor pertaining to a recently published article or to
be published concurrently with an article within the journal should not exceed 800 words or
have more than 5 references. If an abstract is included, it will automatically be made the first
paragraph. Letters should not include figures or research material. Letters to the editor are
not charged an APC.
5. Meeting reports
- This manuscript type reports on a meeting with specific relevance to the journal
it is submitted to. Meetings can be international or national conferences or
6. Original research
- These should detail original experiments/research conducted by the authors.
Any research on any topic is accepted, provided it falls within the aims and scope
of the journal. Original research must add to scientific knowledge on the subject
and must be completed in accordance with ethical principles. Research on
humans or animals must have applicable ethical approvals.
- A review is a detailed examination including the benefits and drawbacks of a
medicine, therapeutic technique, computer program, policy, or anything else
appropriate to the journal. They are substantially composed of a report on
previous research. Authors wishing to present original ideas in addition should
choose the Commentary type. All journals accept unsolicited review
manuscripts for peer review.
8. Short reports
- Short reports present new research that adds to previous studies. This can be
reporting on the reliability or unreliability of research or informing readers of
new factors that may influence the outcome of the study. Authors must
acknowledge the work they build upon including any unpublished sources.
Manuscripts should be no longer than approximately 1,000 words excluding
9. Technical advances
- A broad-scoped category of manuscript reporting an advance within the journal's
scope. New procedures, experiments, standard practices, or computational
methods should be presented in technical advance articles. They report on
significant advancements in technology that the reader will benefit from learning
The SAGE Author Gateway has some general advice and on how to get published, plus links to further resources.
When writing up your paper, think about how you can make it discoverable. The title,
keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article through search
engines such as Google. For information and guidance on how best to title your article,
write your abstract and select your keywords, have a look at this page on the Gateway:
How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online
The journal’s policy is to have manuscripts reviewed by two expert reviewers. Journal of Cell
Death utilizes a single-blind peer review process in which the reviewer’s name and information
is withheld from the author. All manuscripts are reviewed as rapidly as possible, while
maintaining rigor. Reviewers make comments to the author and recommendations to the
Editor-in-Chief who then makes the final decision.
The Editor or members of the Editorial Board may occasionally submit their own manuscripts for
possible publication in the journal. In these cases, the peer review process will be managed by
alternative members of the Board and the submitting Editor / Board member will have no
involvement in the decision-making process.
Journal of Cell Death is committed to delivering high quality, fast peer-review for your paper,
and as such has partnered with Publons. Publons is a third party service that seeks to track,
verify and give credit for peer review. Reviewers for Journal of Cell Death can opt in to Publons
in order to claim their reviews or have them automatically verified and added to their reviewer
profile. Reviewers claiming credit for their review will be associated with the relevant journal,
but the article name, reviewer’s decision and the content of their review is not published on the
site. For more information visit the Publons website.
Papers should only be submitted for consideration once consent is given by all contributing
authors. Those submitting papers should carefully check that all those whose work contributed
to the paper are acknowledged as contributing authors.
The list of authors should include all those who can legitimately claim authorship. This is all
(i) Made a substantial contribution to the concept or design of the work; or acquisition,
analysis or interpretation of data,
(ii) Drafted the article or revised it critically for important intellectual content,
(iii) Approved the version to be published,
(iv) Each author should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public
responsibility for appropriate portions of the content.
Authors should meet the conditions of all of the points above. Each author should have
participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for appropriate portions of the
When a large, multicentre group has conducted the work, the group should identify the
individuals who accept direct responsibility for the manuscript. These individuals should fully
meet the criteria for authorship.
Acquisition of funding, collection of data, or general supervision of the research group alone
does not constitute authorship, although all contributors who do not meet the criteria for
authorship should be listed in the Acknowledgments section. Please refer to the International
Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) authorship guidelines for more information on
All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an
Acknowledgements section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person
who provided purely technical help, or a department chair who provided only general support.
4.3.1 Writing assistance
Individuals who provided writing assistance, e.g. from a specialist communications company, do
not qualify as authors and so should be included in the Acknowledgements section. Authors
must disclose any writing assistance – including the individual’s name, company and level of
input – and identify the entity that paid for this assistance.
It is not necessary to disclose use of language polishing services.
Any acknowledgements should appear first at the end of your article prior to your Declaration of
Conflicting Interests (if applicable), any notes and your References.
Journal of Cell Death requires all authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion
under a separate heading. Please visit the Funding Acknowledgements page on the SAGE
Journal Author Gateway to confirm the format of the acknowledgment text in the event of
funding, or state that: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the
public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors.
It is the policy of Journal of Cell Death to require a declaration of conflicting interests from all
authors enabling a statement to be carried within the paginated pages of all published articles.
Please ensure that a ‘Declaration of Conflicting Interests’ statement is included at the end of
your manuscript, after any acknowledgements and prior to the references. If no conflict exists,
please state that ‘The Author(s) declare(s) that there is no conflict of interest’.
For guidance on conflict of interest statements, please see the ICMJE recommendations.
Medical research involving human subjects must be conducted according to the World Medical
Association Declaration of Helsinki.
Submitted manuscripts should conform to the ICMJE Recommendations for the Conduct,
Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals, and all papers
reporting animal and/or human studies must state in the methods section that the relevant
Ethics Committee or Institutional Review Board provided (or waived) approval. Please ensure
that you have provided the full name and institution of the review committee, in addition to the
For research articles, authors are also required to state in the methods section whether
participants provided informed consent and whether the consent was written or verbal.
Information on informed consent to report individual cases or case series should be included in
the manuscript text. A statement is required regarding whether written informed consent for
patient information and images to be published was provided by the patient(s) or a legally
authorized representative. Please do not submit the patient’s actual written informed consent with
your article, as this in itself breaches the patient’s confidentiality. The Journal requests that you
confirm to us, in writing, that you have obtained written informed consent but the written consent
itself should be held by the authors/investigators themselves, for example in a patient’s hospital
record. The confirmatory letter may be uploaded with your submission as a separate file.
Please also refer to the ICMJE Recommendations for the Protection of Research Participants
All research involving animals submitted for publication must be approved by an ethics
committee with oversight of the facility in which the studies were conducted. The journal has
adopted the Consensus Author Guidelines on Animal Ethics and Welfare for Veterinary Journals
published by the International Association of Veterinary Editors.
Journal of Cell Death conforms to the ICMJE requirement that clinical trials are registered in a
WHO-approved public trials registry at or before the time of first patient enrolment as a
condition of consideration for publication. The trial registry name and URL, and registration
number must be included at the end of the abstract.
The relevant EQUATOR Network reporting guidelines should be followed depending on the type
of study. For example, all randomized controlled trials submitted for publication should include
a completed CONSORT flow chart as a cited figure and the completed CONSORT checklist should
be uploaded with your submission as a supplementary file. Systematic reviews and metaanalyses
should include the completed PRISMA flow chart as a cited figure and the completed
PRISMA checklist should be uploaded with your submission as a supplementary file. The
EQUATOR wizard can help you identify the appropriate guideline.
Other resources can be found at NLM’s Research Reporting Guidelines and Initiatives.
SAGE is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to
refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors and view the
Publication Ethics page on the SAGE Author Gateway.
Journal of Cell Death and SAGE take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other
breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our
authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of published articles. Equally,
we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be
checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article, for example, is found to have
plagiarized other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with
insufficient acknowledgement, or where the authorship of the article is contested, we reserve
the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum
(correction); retracting the article; taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of
the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; or taking appropriate legal
5.1.2 Prior publication
If material has been previously published, it is not generally acceptable for publication in a SAGE
journal. However, there are certain circumstances where previously published material can be
considered for publication. Please refer to the guidance on the SAGE Author Gateway or if in
doubt, contact the Editor at the address given below.
Before publication SAGE requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s
Publishing Agreement. Journal of Cell Death publishes manuscripts under Creative Commons
licenses. The standard license for the journal is Creative Commons by Attribution NonCommercial
(CC BY-NC), which allows others to re-use the work without permission as long as
the work is properly referenced and the use is non-commercial. For more information, you are
advised to visit SAGE's OA licenses page.
Alternative license arrangements are available, for example, to meet particular funder
mandates, made at the author’s request.
The preferred format for your manuscript is Word. LaTeX files are also accepted. Word and
(La)Tex templates are available on the Word Processing Guidelines page of our Author
For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please
visit SAGE’s Artwork Guidelines.
Figures supplied in color will appear in color online.
This journal is able to host additional materials online (e.g. datasets, podcasts, videos, images
etc) alongside the full-text of the article. These will be subjected to peer-review alongside the
article. For information on data sharing and where to upload data, please visit SAGE's Research Data Sharing Policies.
Authors seeking assistance with English language editing, translation, or figure and manuscript
formatting to fit the journal’s specifications should consider using SAGE Language Services. Visit
SAGE Language Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information.
To submit your manuscript to Journal of Cell Death, please visit our manuscript submission
website. Please be sure to ensure that references are formatted with AMA reference style.
Please supply a title, short title, an abstract and keywords to accompany your article. The title,
keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article online through online search
engines such as Google. Please refer to the information and guidance on how best to title your
article, write your abstract and select your keywords by visiting the SAGE Journal Author
Gateway for guidelines on How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online.
You will be asked to provide contact details and academic affiliations for all co-authors via the
submission system and identify who is to be the corresponding author. These details must match
what appears on your manuscript. The affiliation listed on the manuscript should be the institution
where the research was conducted. If an author has moved to a new institution since completing
the research, the new affiliation can be included in a manuscript note at the end of the paper. At this
stage please ensure you have included all the required statements and declarations and uploaded
any additional supplementary files (including reporting guidelines where relevant).
As part of our commitment to ensuring an ethical, transparent and fair peer review process
SAGE is a supporting member of ORCID, the Open Researcher and Contributor ID. ORCID
provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes researchers from every other researcher
and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission,
supports automated linkages between researchers and their professional activities ensuring that
their work is recognized.
We encourage all authors to add their ORCIDs to their SAGE Track accounts and include their
ORCIDs as part of the submission process. If you don’t already have one you can create one
Authors are responsible for obtaining permission from copyright holders for reproducing any
illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further
information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please visit our
Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway
If your paper is accepted for publication after peer review, you will first be asked to complete the
contributor’s publishing agreement. Once your manuscript files have been checked for SAGE Production,
the corresponding author will be asked to pay the article processing charge (APC) via a payment link.
Once the APC has been processed, your article will be prepared for publication and can appear online
within an average of 30 days. Please note that no production work will occur on your paper until the
APC has been received.
Your SAGE Production Editor will keep you informed as to your article’s progress throughout the
production process. Proofs will made available to the corresponding author via our editing portal
SAGE Edit, or by email to the corresponding author and should be returned promptly. Authors are
reminded to check their proofs carefully to confirm that all author information, including names,
affiliations, sequence and contact details are correct, and that Funding and Conflict of Interest
statements, if any, are accurate. Please note that if there are any changes to the author list at this
stage all authors will be required to complete and sign a form authorizing the change.
One of the many benefits of publishing your research in an open access journal is the speed to
publication. With no page count constraints, your article will be published online in a fully
citable form with a DOI number as soon as it has completed the production process. At this time
it will be completely free to view and download for all.
Publication is not the end of the process! You can help disseminate your paper and ensure it is
as widely read and cited as possible. The SAGE Author Gateway has numerous resources to help
you promote your work. Visit the Promote Your Article page on the Gateway for tips and advice.
In addition, SAGE is partnered with Kudos, a free service that allows authors to explain, enrich,
share, and measure the impact of their article. Find out how to maximize your article’s impact
Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the Manuscript Submission
process should be sent to the Journal of Cell Death editorial office as follows:
Elaine Ellerton, Managing Editor