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Cell Systems

Country United States  - SIR icon SIR Ranking of United States
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Subject Area and CategoryBiochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology
Cell Biology

Pathology and Forensic Medicine
PublisherCell Press
Publication typeJournals
Scope Cell Systems was established in 2015 to provide a home at Cell Press for elegant work that addresses fundamental questions in systems biology. "Systems biology," as we broadly define it, is work that develops a rigorous understanding of any biological phenomenon where one plus one does not apparently equal two. Disciplines in the physical sciences have met this challenge for a long time, and we've found that our strongest papers tend to apply classic approaches taken in physics, engineering, mathematics, and computer science to salient biological questions. Manuscripts describing discoveries, milestone achievements, broadly useful tools or resources, or insights into the use of technology may all be appropriate. Cross-disciplinary studies that reveal general principles of systems are particularly welcome. We believe it's our responsibility to ensure that the next generation of scientists can begin their work on solid ground. Accordingly, we focus our review process on validity and scientific acuity, rather than more subjective feelings and opinions. We also believe that scientific transparency is of paramount importance. A study's structure and presentation should be candid and forthright (e.g. it should ensure fair comparisons; it should either use non-arbitrary cut-offs or clearly explained arbitrary cut-offs that do not affect outcomes; its data visualization choices should promote objective understanding; its limitations should not be obscured). Fundamentally good scientific practice also demands that studies be repeatable. We encourage authors to make their code and data FAIR—that is findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable, as defined by the NIH Data Commons. Although it is too early to formally require that all studies we publish be FAIR, we consider that requirement annually.


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The set of journals have been ranked according to their SJR and divided into four equal groups, four quartiles. Q1 (green) comprises the quarter of the journals with the highest values, Q2 (yellow) the second highest values, Q3 (orange) the third highest values and Q4 (red) the lowest values.

Cell Biology2016Q1
Cell Biology2017Q1
Cell Biology2018Q1
Cell Biology2019Q1
Pathology and Forensic Medicine2016Q1
Pathology and Forensic Medicine2017Q1
Pathology and Forensic Medicine2018Q1
Pathology and Forensic Medicine2019Q1

The SJR is a size-independent prestige indicator that ranks journals by their 'average prestige per article'. It is based on the idea that 'all citations are not created equal'. SJR is a measure of scientific influence of journals that accounts for both the number of citations received by a journal and the importance or prestige of the journals where such citations come from It measures the scientific influence of the average article in a journal, it expresses how central to the global scientific discussion an average article of the journal is.

Citations per document

This indicator counts the number of citations received by documents from a journal and divides them by the total number of documents published in that journal. The chart shows the evolution of the average number of times documents published in a journal in the past two, three and four years have been cited in the current year. The two years line is equivalent to journal impact factor ™ (Thomson Reuters) metric.

Cites per documentYearValue
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20150.000
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20165.686
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20176.730
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20187.372
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20199.085
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20150.000
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20165.686
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20176.730
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20187.372
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20198.340
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20150.000
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20165.686
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20176.730
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20186.679
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20197.441
Total Cites 

Evolution of the total number of citations and journal's self-citations received by a journal's published documents during the three previous years.
Journal Self-citation is defined as the number of citation from a journal citing article to articles published by the same journal.

Self Cites20150
Self Cites20167
Self Cites201726
Self Cites201848
Self Cites201964
Total Cites20150
Total Cites2016290
Total Cites20171070
Total Cites20182101
Total Cites20193019
External Cites per Doc 
Cites per Doc

Evolution of the number of total citation per document and external citation per document (i.e. journal self-citations removed) received by a journal's published documents during the three previous years. External citations are calculated by subtracting the number of self-citations from the total number of citations received by the journal’s documents.

External Cites per document20150
External Cites per document20165.549
External Cites per document20176.566
External Cites per document20187.204
External Cites per document20198.163
Cites per document20150.000
Cites per document20165.686
Cites per document20176.730
Cites per document20187.372
Cites per document20198.340
% International Collaboration

International Collaboration accounts for the articles that have been produced by researchers from several countries. The chart shows the ratio of a journal's documents signed by researchers from more than one country; that is including more than one country address.

YearInternational Collaboration
Citable documents 
Non-citable documents

Not every article in a journal is considered primary research and therefore "citable", this chart shows the ratio of a journal's articles including substantial research (research articles, conference papers and reviews) in three year windows vs. those documents other than research articles, reviews and conference papers.

Non-citable documents20150
Non-citable documents201611
Non-citable documents201745
Non-citable documents201882
Non-citable documents201990
Citable documents20150
Citable documents201651
Citable documents2017159
Citable documents2018285
Citable documents2019362
Cited documents 
Uncited documents

Ratio of a journal's items, grouped in three years windows, that have been cited at least once vs. those not cited during the following year.

Uncited documents20150
Uncited documents201624
Uncited documents201779
Uncited documents2018131
Uncited documents2019134
Cited documents20150
Cited documents201638
Cited documents2017125
Cited documents2018236
Cited documents2019318
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