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 preclude articles from any area of research in the life sciences for consideration. 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 full-length (Original article) and short (Brief report) 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 Meeting reports, Commentaries, Correspondences, Letters to the Editor and Special Features that contain content of broad interest to the readership of Genes to Cells. However, in this case authors should only send a brief summary of the proposed paper to the Editorial Office for initial consideration.

Preprint Policy

Genes to Cells will consider for review articles previously available as preprints. Authors may also post the submitted version of a manuscript to a preprint server at any time. Authors are requested to update any pre-publication versions with a link to the final published article.

Organization of Manuscripts

The total character count (including spaces) should not exceed 60,000 (Original article or Review) or 20,000 (Brief report) characters. This excludes figure legends, references, tables and supplementary materials. In general, up to nine (Original article or Review) or three (Brief report) figures or tables may be presented. The manuscript should be presented in the following order:

  • Title page
  • Abstract
  • Introduction
  • Results
  • Discussion (This may be combined with Results as 'Results and Discussion' if preferred)
  • Experimental procedures
  • Acknowledgements
  • References
  • Figure legends
  • Supplementary material

Title page: The title should be less than 145 characters (not including spaces). A short title (less than 40 characters including spaces), up to ten keywords, and the corresponding author's e-mail address should also be provided.

Abstract: Maximum of 200 words, unstructured (no use of sub-headings). 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.

References should be prepared according to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition). This means in text citations should follow the author-date method whereby the author's last name and the year of publication for the source should appear in the text, for example, (Jones, 1998). The complete reference list should appear alphabetically by name at the end of the paper.

A sample of the most common entries in reference lists appears below. Please note that a DOI should be provided for all references where available. For more information about APA referencing style, please refer to the APA FAQ.
Please note that for journal articles, issue numbers are not included unless each issue in the volume begins with page one.

Example of reference with 2 to 7 authors:
Beers, S. R. , & De Bellis, M. D. (2002). Neuropsychological function in children with maltreatment-related posttraumatic stress disorder. The American Journal of Psychiatry, 159, 483–486. https://doi:10.1176/appi.ajp.159.3.483
Ramus, F., Rosen, S., Dakin, S. C., Day, B. L., Castellote, J. M., White, S., & Frith, U. (2003). Theories of developmental dyslexia: Insights from a multiple case study of dyslexic adults. Brain, 126(4), 841–865. https://doi: 10.1093/brain/awg076

Example of reference with more than 7 authors:
Rutter, M., Caspi, A., Fergusson, D., Horwood, L. J., Goodman, R., Maughan, B., … Carroll, J. (2004). Sex differences in developmental reading disability: New findings from 4 epidemiological studies. Journal of the American Medical Association, 291(16), 2007–2012. https://doi: 10.1001/jama.291.16.2007

Book edition
Bradley-Johnson, S. (1994). Psychoeducational assessment of students who are visually impaired or blind: Infancy through high school (2nd ed.). Austin, TX: Pro-ed.

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. It is recommended that authors indicate the names of potential referees and/or of referees whom they would prefer not to review their manuscript.
This journal does not charge submission fees.


As part of our commitment to supporting authors at every step of the publishing process, the journal requires the submitting author (only) to provide an ORCID iD when submitting a manuscript. This takes around 2 minutes to complete. For more information, click here

Article Preparation Support

Wiley Editing Services offers expert help with English Language Editing, as well as translation, manuscript formatting, figure illustration, figure formatting, and graphical abstract design – so you can submit your manuscript with confidence.
Also, check out our resources for Preparing Your Article for general guidance about writing and preparing your manuscript.

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.

Accepted Articles

The journal offers Wiley’s Accepted Articles service for all manuscripts. This service ensures that accepted ‘in press’ manuscripts are published online very soon after acceptance, prior to copy-editing or typesetting. Accepted Articles are published online a few days after final acceptance, appear in PDF format only, are given a Digital Object Identifier (DOI), which allows them to be cited and tracked, and are indexed by PubMed. After publication of the final version article (the article of record), the DOI remains valid and can continue to be used to cite and access the article.

Accepted Articles will be indexed by PubMed; submitting authors should therefore carefully check the names and affiliations of all authors provided in the cover page of the manuscript so it is correct for indexing. Subsequently the final copyedited and proofed articles will appear in an issue on Wiley Online Library; the link to the article in PubMed will automatically be updated.

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.

Article PDF for Authors

A PDF of the article will be made available to the corresponding author via Author Services.

Printed Offprints

Printed offprints may be ordered online for a fee. Please click on the following link and fill in the necessary details and ensure that you type information in all of the required fields:

Copyright, Licensing and Open Access

Accepted papers will be passed to Wiley’s production team for publication. The author identified as the formal corresponding author for the paper will receive an email prompting them to login into Wiley’s Author Services, where via the Wiley Author Licensing Service (WALS) they will be asked to complete an electronic license agreement on behalf of all authors on the paper.
Authors may choose to publish under the terms of the journal’s standard copyright transfer agreement (CTA), or under open access terms made available via Wiley Open Access.

Standard Copyright Transfer Agreement

FAQs about the terms and conditions of the standard CTA in place for the journal, including standard terms regarding archiving of the accepted version of the paper, are available at: Copyright Terms and Conditions FAQs

Open Access

This journal is subscription journal that offers an open access option. You’ll have the option to choose to make your article open access after acceptance, which will be subject to an APC. You can read more about APCs and whether you may be eligible for waivers or discounts, through your institution, funder, or a country waiver.

Open Access Licenses

Authors choosing Open Access retain copyright in their article and have a choice of publishing under the following Creative Commons License terms: Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY); Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License (CC BY NC); Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial-NoDerivs License (CC BY NC ND). To preview the terms and conditions of these open access agreements please visit the Copyright Terms and Conditions FAQs

Funder Open Access and Self-Archiving Compliance

Please click here for more information on Wiley’s compliance with specific Funder Open Access and Self Archiving Policies, and click here for more detailed information specially about Self-Archiving definitions and policies.
For more about this Journal's APCs, please visit the Open Access Page


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.

Article Promotion Support

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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


Author Guidelines updated January 22, 2024