Genes to Cells

Cover image for Vol. 19 Issue 11

Edited By: Mitsuhiro Yanagida

Impact Factor: 2.855

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2013: 70/164 (Genetics & Heredity); 108/185 (Cell Biology)

Online ISSN: 1365-2443

Author Guidelines

Aims and scope

Genes to Cells provides a forum for the publication of a broad spectrum of life science research that adds significantly to the understanding of genes and cells. The journal aims to publish papers that constitute definitive advances in their subject areas. The journal does not eliminate any research areas in life sciences in principle for consideration of the submitted manuscript for publication. Papers describing diverse methodologies, including theoretical, experimental and field work approaches, are also welcome. If an appropriate editor is not available, the Editor in- Chief will seek an ad hoc editor for the manuscript.


Types of manuscripts

The journal accepts manuscripts containing original research that have not been published before. The journal will also publish Reviews on topics of broad interest to the readership of Genes to Cells. Authors who want to submit a Review should first write an abstract and send it to the Editorial Office for consideration before sending the full manuscript. The Editor-in-Chief will handle Reviews directly.


The journal also publishes manuscripts as Commentaries or Letters to the Editor that contain content of broad interest to the readership of Genes to Cells. Recent examples can be seen in Issue 7 of Volume 16 (Osumi 2011; Sugimoto 2011). Authors who want to submit a Commentary or a Letter to the Editor should start by sending a brief summary to the Editorial Office. The journal also publishes Meeting reports. Authors who want to submit a Meeting report should write to the Editorial Office.


Organization of manuscripts

The total character count (including spaces) of an Original Paper or a Review should not exceed 60,000 characters. This excludes figure legends, references, tables and supplementary materials. In general, up to nine figures or tables may be presented. The manuscript should be divided into the following sections:

• Title page

• Abstract

• Introduction

• Results

• Discussion

• Experimental procedures

• Acknowledgements

• References

• Figure legends

• Supplementary material

Title page: The title should be less than 145 characters (not including spaces). The short title should be no more than 40 characters (including spaces). Please provide up to ten keywords and the corresponding author’s e-mail address.
Abstract: The abstract should be a single paragraph of not more than 200 words. It should summarize the aim of the report, the methods employed, and the significance of the results.

References: In general, no more than 60 references should be listed.


Formatting detail

Tables can be either placed at the end of the main text or sent as separated files.


In the text, references should be cited by author and year as (Hiom & Gellert 1998; Honda et al. 2003). References to articles “in press” are permitted, but the name of the journal where the manuscript will be published must be included. Personal communications in the format (A. Johnson, personal communication) should be authorized in writing by the person who issued the communication, and unpublished data should be cited as (G. Washington and A. Johnson, unpublished data). Both should be used as sparingly as possible and only when the unpublished data referred to are peripheral rather than central to the discussion. ‘Data not shown’ is not allowed. References to material available on the internet are allowed.


In the ‘References’ section, references should be listed alphabetically according to the name of the first author. The full title of the paper or book and the abbreviated name of the journal together with the first and last page numbers should be given. If there are more than 15 authors, use et al. after the first 3 names. The name of the journal should be abbreviated according to the format in World List of Scientific Periodicals and italicized. Abstracts of work presented at meetings should not be cited. Particular attention should be taken to ensure that references conform to the Journal style.


Examples of reference style are given below:

Tsujita, T., Li, L., Nakajima, H., Iwamoto, N., Nakajima-Takagi,

Y., Ohashi, K., Kawakami, K., Kumagai, Y., Freeman, B.A.,

Yamamoto, M. & Kobayashi, M. (2011) Nitro-fatty acids and

cyclopentenone prostaglandins share strategies to activate the

Keap1-Nrf2 system: a study using green fluorescent protein

transgenic zebrafish. Genes Cells 16, 46–57.

Jiao, Y., Wickett, N.J., Ayyampalayam, S. et al. (2011) Ancestral

polyploidy in seed plants and angiosperms. Nature 473,


Gall, J.G. (1995) Beginning of the end: origins of the telomere

concept. In: Telomeres (eds E. H. Blackburn & C. W. Greider),

pp. 1-10. Cold Spring Harbor, New York: Cold Spring

Harbor Laboratory Press.

Online articles which have no volume, issue or page numbers

can be cited by their Digital Object Identifiers (DOI) as shown


Winter, G., van der Westhuizen, T., Higgins, V.J., Curtin, C. &

Ugliano, M. (2011) Contribution of cysteine and glutathione

conjugates to the formation of the volatile thiols 3-mercaptohexan-

1-ol (3MH) and 3-mercaptohexyl acetate (3MHA)

during fermentation by Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Aust. J. Grape

Wine Res., doi: 10.1111/j.1755-0238.2011.00127.x


Tables and figures

Tables and figures should have a brief title and be numbered. Image files should be submitted in JPEG (.jpg), TIFF (.tif), EPS (.eps), PowerPoint (.ppt), or PDF (.pdf) format. Lettering in the figures should be large enough to be clearly legible when the Figures are reduced to fi t the page or column width.



Abbreviations should not be listed in a special section, but should be defined in parentheses after their first mention. Standard units of measurement and chemical symbols of elements may be used without definition.


Distribution of material

Publication of a paper in Genes to Cells implies that authors agree to distribute freely to academic researchers all the materials that were used to obtain the results presented in the paper.


Supporting Information

Supporting Information can be a useful way for an author to include important but ancillary information with the online version of an article. Examples of Supporting Information include additional tables, data sets, figures, movie files, audio clips, 3D structures, and other related nonessential multimedia files. Supporting Information should be cited within the article text, and a descriptive legend should be included. It is published as supplied by the author, and a proof is not made available prior to publication; for these reasons, authors should provide any Supporting Information in the desired final format.

• Supporting figures, tables and text must be numbered Fig. S1, Fig. S2, etc., Table S1, Table S2, etc. and Doc. S1, Doc S2, etc, respectively.

• Titles and legends of supporting figures and tables need to be included in the respective figure and table file(s).

• Each figure and table file should not be larger than 5MB, although video files may be larger.

• An author’s website cannot be used as Supporting Information. There is no limitation to the amount of supplementary material that can be appended to the article, but in some instances the Editor may request a reduction if the amount of supplementary material submitted is judged excessive. For further information on requirements for submission, please visit:


Submission of manuscripts

Manuscripts should be submitted online at Authors may select the names of Editors or Associate Editors from the Editorial Board whom they consider suitable for editing the manuscript. Authors may also indicate the names of potential referees and/or of referees whom they would prefer not to review their manuscript.


Pre-acceptance English-language editing

Authors for whom English is a second language may choose to have their manuscript professionally edited before submission to improve the English. Visit our site to learn about the options. All services are paid for and arranged by the author. Please note using the Wiley English Language Editing Service does not guarantee that your paper will be accepted by this journal.

Note to NIH Grantees

Pursuant to NIH mandate, Wiley will post the accepted version of contributions authored by NIH grant-holders to PubMed Central upon acceptance. The accepted version will be made publicly available 12 months after publication. For further information, see


Reviewing of manuscripts

The Editor or Associate Editor will invite referees to review the paper and will decide whether the paper should be accepted, resubmitted after revision, or rejected, based on the reports furnished by the referees. The role of the Editor-in-Chief is to assign a transmitting Editor for each submitted paper, to consult with the transmitting Editor over the final decision, and to handle any matters that may arise during the refereeing process or after publication. All articles, including review articles, are reviewed by two or more appropriate referees. Papers may, however, be returned to authors without review if they fail to meet the minimum criteria set by the journal or if the subject matter falls outside the scope of the journal.


Revision of manuscripts

When a manuscript is returned to the author for minor revision prior to final acceptance, the revised version should be resubmitted within 30 days of the author’s receipt of the Editor’s decision. A manuscript returned for major revision must be resubmitted within 4 months. Under certain circumstances, the author(s) may be granted an extension. Upon resubmission, authors are requested to provide a cover letter that responds point by point to the referee’s comments.


Publication process

On approval of the proof, papers will be published Early View on an article-by-article basis. These articles are fully peer reviewed, edited and complete except that they lack page numbers and volume/issue details. Once articles are published Early View, they are considered fully published from the date they first appear online. This date is shown with the article in the online table of contents. Because Early View articles are considered fully complete, please bear in mind that changes cannot be made to an article after the online publication date even if it is still yet to appear in print. The articles are available as full text HTML or PDF and can be cited as references by using their Digital Object Identifier (DOI) numbers. For more information on DOIs, please see

To view all the articles currently available, please visit the journal homepage on and simply click on the ‘Early View’ area at the top of the list of issues available to view. On print publication, the article will be removed from the Early View area and will appear instead in the relevant online issue, complete with page numbers and volume/issue details. No other changes will be made. The implementation of Early View for Genes to Cells represents our commitment to make manuscripts available to the academic community as quickly as possible, reducing time to publication considerably without sacrificing quality or completeness.


Publication in printed journal will normally be within 4-6 weeks of receipt of corrected proofs.



E-annotation is a natural extension of PDF proofing, with a number of benefits:
• Increased speed of journals publication schedules
• Increased efficiency for authors and journal Production Editors
• Clearer corrections in the annotated files
• More accurate interpretations of corrections by typesetters
• Easy and efficient circulation of annotated proofs via email to Editors and co-authors

E-annotation works as follows: The typesetter uses Acrobat 7 to enable annotation on the proofs. The recipient then needs to ensure that they have Acrobat Reader version 7.0 or above (instructions and link provided with the PDF proof) or Acrobat Professional in order to use the annotation functionality. The annotation toolbar allows proof corrections to be marked Setting Up E-annotation of Proofs 4 of 7 electronically – by crossing out, replacing or inserting text, and even inserting an attachment (such as a new abstract or figure). The corrected proofs are then sent to the person who collates them and, after checking, they are then returned to the typesetter.

This system reduces the time taken for authors to send proofs in the post, and results in more legible proofs for the typesetters, avoiding problems of text being cut off (as can happen when faxing) or illegible handwriting.

For authors choosing OnlineOpen

Choosing OnlineOpen makes your article open access and freely available to all on Wiley Online Library, including those who don’t subscribe to the journal. OnlineOpen fulfills funding agency mandates that require grantees to archive the final version of their article. Wiley will also deposit your OnlineOpen article in PubMed Central and PMC mirror sites.

The cost for OnlineOpen is usually US$3,000, which can be paid by the author, the author's funding agency, or the author's institution.

Copyright and open access licenses

Authors choosing OnlineOpen will retain copyright in their articles and will be offered a choice of creative commons licenses.

All Research Councils UK (RCUK), Wellcome Trust and Austrian Science Fund (FWF) funded authors will be directed to the Creative Commons Attribution license (CC-BY).

All other authors (non- RCUK and Wellcome Trust funded authors) are free to choose a CC-BY, Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial (CC-BY-NC), or Attribution-Non-Commercial-NoDerivs (CC-BY-NC-ND) license.

For more information about open access license terms and conditions click here.

Compliant with funder mandates - Open Access policies

OnlineOpen is fully compliant with open access mandates – meeting the requirements of funding organizations where these apply, including but not limited to:

The Wellcome Trust
Austrian Science Fund
Telethon Italy
The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)

For more information on funder mandates and open access policies please click here.

Obtaining a CC license agreement to sign

As the author, you can decide to publish your article with open access once it has been accepted for publication.

After acceptance please complete the payment of an open access publication fee of US$3000 via the OnlineOpen Form. The Production Editor will then send you the Creative Commons (CC) license agreement(s) to sign.


A PDF reprint of the article will be supplied free of charge to the main author. Additional reprints (in units of 100) may be purchased.


Cost for color artwork

[Will cease in 2015] It is the policy of Genes to Cells for authors to pay the full cost for the reproduction of their color artwork. However, authors of Review articles are allowed two color figures free of charge. When your paper is accepted for publication, Wiley requires you to complete and return a Color Work Agreement Form before your paper can be published. This form can be downloaded as a PDF from here. The form is posted in the Instructions and Forms section of ScholarOne Manuscripts at GTC ScholarOne Manuscripts ( If you are unable to access the internet, or are unable to download the form, please contact the editorial office: Genes to Cells Wiley (Tokyo) at  Any article received by Wiley with color work will not be published until the form is returned to the Editorial Office. Once accepted, papers become the copyright of the Journal.


There are no page charges.


Publication Ethics Guidelines

The Publisher of Genes to Cells is committed to integrity in scientific research and recognizes the importance of maintaining the highest ethical standards. Please find attached the Best Practice Guidelines on Publication Ethics. Further information at COPE