Four Ways to Submit a Paper to MBoC

The journey from submission to publication has never been easier. Check out these four ways to submit to MBoC that will increase efficiency and reduce the time until your work is published.

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Traditional Submission Through MBoC

MBoC is a not-for-profit journal run by The American Society for Cell Biology that allows format-neutral submission and provides authors with a fast turnaround on manuscripts, decreasing the time between submission and publication. Submit to MBoC for fair, fast and constructive review by working scientists.

From bioRxiv

bioRxiv is a digital archive that allows for the distribution of preprints in the life sciences, and is run by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. It doesn’t cost anything, and an article published as a preprint on bioRxiv may be submitted to MBoC directly from bioRxiv. Learn more about how to submit a manuscript to bioRxiv.

Through Review Commons

Review Commons is a “portable” peer review platform for journal-independent submission and review of manuscripts. An author who has a manuscript reviewed on Review Commons has the option of submitting the manuscript and reviews directly from Review Commons to a participating affiliate journal, of which MBoC is one. Review Commons is the creation of ASAPbio and EMBO Press. EMBO Press will be responsible for recruiting manuscript reviewers. Besides ASCB and EMBO Press, participating publishers include Company of Biologists, eLife, Life Science Alliance, PLOS, and Rockefeller University Press. More information is available at

Through the ASCB/RUP/COB Manuscript Transfer System

The Manuscript Transfer System allows authors to transfer a manuscript that has been declined by one journal to another without the need to resubmit. The transfer system is available between the American Society for Cell Biology (publisher of MBoC), Rockefeller University Press (publisher of the Journal of Cell Biology), and the Company of Biologists (publisher of the Journal of Cell Science). If a manuscript is declined by one of the journals the author may choose to transfer the manuscript and reviews (if any) to one of the other journals if the editor at the first journal deems it appropriate. When this option is offered, the author will be notified in the decision letter from the first journal. Submit to MBoC and take the first step.

In each case outside of traditional submission, article files and metadata can be transferred to MBoC directly from the source. The author will then be directed to the MBoC submission site to enter some journal-specific information before submitting the manuscript. Learn more or read the latest issue of MBoC at, or submit your manuscript today through one of these methods or directly at


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