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Cell Systems


United States

Universities and research institutions in United States

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Cell Press



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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. Join the conversation about this journal

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
Cell Biology2020Q1
Pathology and Forensic Medicine2016Q1
Pathology and Forensic Medicine2017Q1
Pathology and Forensic Medicine2018Q1
Pathology and Forensic Medicine2019Q1
Pathology and Forensic Medicine2020Q1

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.

Total Documents

Evolution of the number of published documents. All types of documents are considered, including citable and non citable documents.

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)20164.717
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20175.667
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20186.233
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20198.073
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20208.420
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20150.000
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20164.717
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20175.667
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20186.233
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20197.403
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20207.802
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20150.000
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20164.717
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20175.667
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20185.587
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20196.709
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20208.444
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 Cites201846
Self Cites201959
Self Cites202052
Total Cites20150
Total Cites2016283
Total Cites20171122
Total Cites20182244
Total Cites20193287
Total Cites20203230
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 document20165.412
External Cites per document20176.893
External Cites per document20187.712
External Cites per document20198.917
External Cites per document20209.003
Cites per document20150.000
Cites per document20164.717
Cites per document20175.667
Cites per document20186.233
Cites per document20197.403
Cites per document20207.802
% 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 documents20169
Non-citable documents201739
Non-citable documents201875
Non-citable documents201982
Non-citable documents202061
Citable documents20150
Citable documents201651
Citable documents2017159
Citable documents2018285
Citable documents2019362
Citable documents2020353
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 documents201622
Uncited documents201775
Uncited documents2018126
Uncited documents2019131
Uncited documents2020100
Cited documents20150
Cited documents201638
Cited documents2017123
Cited documents2018234
Cited documents2019313
Cited documents2020314
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