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Manuscript Acceptance

Accepted manuscripts will be copyedited for grammar and style before proofs are generated. The authors should check the manuscript and proof carefully to make sure that all the sections are correct. After the corrections are made, the article will be posted online as part of the continuous online publication of JMCB.

The publishers will supply authors with free online access to their article with the option of purchasing printed offprints.

Journal of Molecular Cell Biology levies page and colour charges to partially offset production costs.

Publications will be charged as below and invoiced by the JMCB Editorial Office.
Page Charge:  USD$100 / CNY¥700 per journal page
Colour Charge:  USD$100 / CNY¥700 per colour figure. Figures submitted in colour will be reviewed and processed with the understanding that the figures will be published in colour and thus charged.

Editorials and invited materials are exempt from these charges.

In exceptional circumstances, page and colour charges may be reduced or waived at the Editor's discretion. Waiver requests must be made at the time of submission and the request must be co-signed by an institutional official certifying that the authors do not have research funds available for publication costs.

For authors who select Open Access option, Open Access charges will be invoiced separately by Oxford University Press. The open access charges applicable are:
Regular charge - £1750/ $2800 / €2275
List B Developing country charge* - £875 / $1400 / €1135
List A Developing country charge* - £0 /$0 / €0
*Visit our Developing Countries page for a list of qualifying countries.

The journal will deliver electronic page proofs to the corresponding author with the offprint order forms. Corrections should be returned within 48 hours. “Note added in proof” should only be inserted when there are essential changes. Notes added will be reviewed for appropriate content and style, and are subjected to approval by the editors. Excessive changes on the proof should be avoided unless they are for correction of errors introduced during production.

Upon receipt of accepted manuscripts at Oxford Journals authors will be invited to complete an online copyright licence to publish form on the Author Services site.

Please note that by submitting an article for publication you confirm that you are the corresponding/submitting author and that Oxford University Press ("OUP") may retain your email address for the purpose of communicating with you about the article. You agree to notify OUP immediately if your details change. If your article is accepted for publication OUP will contact you using the email address you have used in the registration process. Please note that OUP does not retain copies of rejected articles.

All the authors are required to ensure that they are all appropriate contributors for the paper and have agreed to the author list. The article’s content and its submission to JMCB must be approved by all the contributors. Manuscripts submitted under multiple authorship are reviewed on the assumption that all listed authors concur in the submission and that the final version has been seen and approved by all authors. All the listed authors are therefore responsible for concerns including but not limited to questions regarding plagiarism, duplicate publication, access to data, and integrity of data or undeclared conflicts of interest.

JMCB policy encourages that each author reveals any financial conflict of interest, direct or indirect, that might influence the results or opinions stated in their manuscript. In a very rare instances, editors receive notification or allegations of misconduct related to studies submitted to JMCB, and the process for responding to such notification will be initiated and certain actions will be taken accordingly. Any such conflict must be disclosed in cover letter and in the Acknowledgements section. The corresponding author will sign a potential conflict of interest form on behalf of all the authors at the time of acceptance.

Authors are encouraged to provide materials and protocols used in the article to promote scientific research in the field. All the clones, plasmid vectors and genetically modified animals are implied to be deposited in a public repository. If there are restrictions to the availability of any material, data, or reagents, they must be noticed in the cover letter at submission.

When submitting a manuscript, it is considered with the understanding that the work has not been published previously and the paper is not under consideration by another journal or book. It is a condition of publication for JMCB that the authors grant an exclusive licence to our editorial office.

Journal of Molecular Cell Biology authors have the option to publish their paper under the Oxford Open initiative; whereby, for a charge, their paper will be made freely available online immediately upon publication. After your manuscript is accepted the corresponding author will be required to accept a mandatory licence to publish agreement. As part of the licensing process you will be asked to indicate whether or not you wish to pay for open access. If you do not select the open access option, your paper will be published with standard subscription-based access and you will not be charged.

Oxford Open articles are published under Creative Commons licences. Authors publishing in Journal of Molecular Cell Biology can use the following Creative Commons licences for their articles:
• Creative Commons Attribution licence (CC-BY)
• Creative Commons Non-Commercial licence (CC-BY-NC)
• Creative Commons non-Commercial No Derivatives licence (CC-BY-NC-ND)
Please click here for more information about the Creative Commons licences.

Consent & Approval
Manuscripts reporting on biomedical studies involving human subjects must include explicit assurance that written informed consent was obtained from each subject or from his or her guardian. Such manuscripts must include a statement that the human investigations were performed after approval by a local institutional review board and in accord with an assurance filed with and approved by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services or any other equivalent regulatory agency, where appropriate.

When a pedigree or family tree is depicted, assurance must be given that written informed consent was obtained from each living individual represented. In addition, authors must state in writing that they have not modified the pedigree or family tree to avoid potential identification of the family or its members. In rare instances, the editorial board may permit modification of a pedigree to preserve patient anonymity if the authors present compelling reasons for making such modifications and the changes made do not affect interpretation of the data. In such cases, authors must provide the original, unmodified data for examination by peer reviewers and the editorial board and must include a statement in the manuscript explaining that the pedigree has been modified.

Animal Welfare
Any study involving experiments with animals must state that their care was in accord with institution guidelines. Where applicable, the dose and schedule of anesthetics and analgesics should be reported.

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