New Member Benefit – Guaranteed Peer Review in MBoC 


ASCB members now can enjoy a new benefit – guaranteed peer review.   

Molecular Biology of the Cell (MBoC) is more than just the flagship scientific journal of the American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB)—it’s our community publication for ASCB members and cell scientists around the globe.  

ASCB members submit quality research manuscripts to MBoC and by doing so have built MBoC’s reputation as a journal that publishes research that stands the test of time. In fact, nearly half of the articles published in MBoC are from ASCB members and most submissions from members are accepted. In our annual surveys, ASCB members tell us they greatly value having a community-led society journal to publish their work, ensuring that funds used to publish remain in our community to support meetings, awards, mentorship, and professional training.

As a member-led society journal our mission is to support our community. For this reason, MBoC Editors—active researchers themselves—have created a new initiative to ensure that ASCB members have simple and guaranteed access to the constructive peer feedback for which MBoC is known. Effective immediately, we guarantee that all newly submitted research manuscripts with current ASCB members as corresponding authors will be sent for peer review.

Guaranteed peer review does not mean guaranteed acceptance—editorial standards are the same for all submissions (ASCB members and non-members alike). All submissions from members and non-members will continue to receive the fast, fair, and constructive peer review and editorial feedback that MBoC is known to provide.

If you have any questions, please contact ASCBs publisher, Yurong Fei-Bloom, Ph.D. Or join our Author Hour online discussion with Matthew Welch, Ph.D., MBoC Editor-in-Chief. The next MBoC Author Hour is on January 11, 2024, 11:30 am – 12:00 noon, ET. More details can be found here. During Author Hours attendees can discuss a manuscript with an Editor and learn more about MBoC

Top reasons to submit to MBoC 

  • MBoC was founded on the principle that editors and reviewers should evaluate work based solely on scientific merit and biological significance. All of our Editors are active scientists, just like you.  
  • With more than two (2) million annual views and downloads, your MBoC paper will benefit from outstanding visibility. 
  • 43% of manuscripts are accepted, and the process is fast: three days from submission to first decision, 27 days to post-review decision, and 14 days from acceptance to online publication. 

About the Author:

Yurong Fei-Bloom, Ph.D. is the Publisher for the American Society for Cell Biology.
Matthew Welch, Ph.D. is the Editor-in-Chief of Molecular Biology of the Cell (MBoC) journal and a Professor at the University of California, Berkeley.