Information for authors

Science Translational Medicine is a weekly journal devoted to research and issues of strong interest to the translational medicine community. Translational medicine topics suitable for submission include any original research findings, discussions or analyses that move the field closer to the goal of improving human health, or the diagnosis and treatment of disease. Interdisciplinary approaches are particularly encouraged, for example, studies at the interface of engineering and diagnostics, chemistry and drug development, or cell biology and clinical medicine. We accept original research, as well as Reviews, Perspectives and Commentaries.

Editorial policies

Authors should familiarize themselves with the overall editorial policies (Submission Requirements and Conditions of Acceptance) for Science Translational Medicine before submitting their paper. These policies spell out the rights and responsibilities that authors agree to when submitting and publishing their papers. Access this information here.

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Categories of manuscripts

Research Articles are original research papers that represent significant advances in translational research. They should include an abstract and be structured as follows: Abstract, Introduction, Results, Discussion, Materials and Methods, References, Figures and Tables, Supplementary Materials. Research Articles should be no more than 8000 words in length and may have up to 8 figures/tables. Supplementary materials are permitted but should be limited to information that is not essential to the general understanding of the research presented in the main text. Shorter Research Articles with fewer figures will also be considered and may be published as Reports at the discretion of the editors.

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Focus articles are short, timely pieces that spotlight new research findings published in Science Translational Medicine or other journals or policy issues of interest to the translational research community that are of immediate importance. Focus articles cannot exceed 1800 words total (including abstract, main text, references, and figure legend). They should have a short snappy or newsy title and a one-sentence abstract, no more than 10 references, and one figure (with figure legend) or table.

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Editorials are short, invited opinion pieces that discuss an issue of immediate importance to the translational research community. Editorials should be less than 1000 words in length, do not have an abstract, should keep references to a minimum but definitely no more than 5, and do not have figures or tables (although they do have a photograph of the author as an illustration).

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Perspectives discuss key translational research findings recently published in Science Translational Medicine or other journals that are of broad interest to the translational medicine community. Perspectives should analyze the research from both a basic and clinical viewpoint and should describe the implications of the research for patient care. Perspectives should not exceed 2500 words total (including abstract, main text, references and figure legends). They should have a short pithy title, an abstract of 50 words or fewer, no more than 15 to 20 recent references, and 1 or 2 figures (with figure legends) or tables. Authors should also submit a text box of 3 to 5 key bullet points or brief take-home messages.

Detailed information about preparing a Perspective

Reviews provide a balanced synthesis of new and current knowledge about an active area of translational research. Reviews can be up to 5000 words (including abstract, main text, references, and figure legends). They should have a short pithy title, an abstract of no more than 75 words, no more than 75 references, and up to four figures (with figure legends) or tables.

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Letters is an article format that provides readers with an opportunity to respond to an article published in Science Translational Medicine within the previous two months or to raise issues of interest to the translational medicine community. Letters should provide new information or insights about the published article and should be of interest to the broad readership of Science Translational Medicine. Letters should be less than 1000 words, with no more than 10 references, and may have one figure or table. Letters are sent to the authors of the published article under discussion for their Response.

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