Categories of Articles

The following types of articles will be considered for publication. Note that word counts are exclusive of references. Authors are advised that submissions not adhering to the guidelines provided below, including word counts, may be returned unreviewed. See About Blood Cancer Discovery for important information about the journal, including the scope. The AACR journals Instructions for Authors provides detailed general instructions for authors submitting to any AACR journal.

Where applicable, the Editors-in-Chief and members of the senior editorial board reserve the right to edit the titles, abstracts, and statements of significance for articles that are accepted to improve their clarity, brevity, and quality.

Research Articles

Research articles report on original studies with broad impact across the fields of basic, translational, and clinical research on all subtypes of hematologic malignancies. The reports should be of exceptional significance to a diverse audience of cancer researchers and scientists.

  • 250-word abstract
  • 50-word statement of significance
  • 6,000 words of text
  • 50 references
  • 7 figures and/or tables total (no panel limit; each figure or table must fit on a single printed page)
  • Sections should be arranged in the following order: title page, abstract, statement of significance, introduction, results, discussion, methods, references, tables, table legends, figure legends, and figures
  • Results and Discussion sections must not be combined

Research Briefs

Research Briefs may report on early clinical data or discovery-based studies that are not sufficiently developed for publication as Research Articles but have the potential to make a significant impact on research areas and/or patient care.

  • 150-word abstract
  • 50-word statement of significance
  • 3,500 words of text
  • 25 references
  • 4 figures and/or tables total (no panel limit; each figure or table must fit on a single printed page)
  • Sections should be arranged in the following order: title page, abstract, statement of significance, introduction, results, discussion, methods, references, tables, table legends, figure legends, and figures
  • Results and Discussion sections must not be combined

Reviews

Articles that review a timely subject important to cancer researchers. Reviews must be written as concisely as possible. Authors of unsolicited Review Articles must first submit an outline of the proposed article for consideration (E-mail: bloodcancerdiscov@aacr.org). All Review Articles, whether invited or not, will be subject to peer review.

  • 100-word abstract
  • 3-4 sentence statement of significance
  • 7,000 words of text
  • 6 original figures and/or tables
  • 75 references

Letters to the Editor

In the spirit of open scientific dialogue, the Editors invite the submission of correspondence that presents considered opinions in response to articles published in the journal. Letters to the Editor will be peer reviewed and, if found to meet the requisite publication criteria (scholarly commentary on a subject of importance and interest to the broad readership), the Letter may be sent to the author(s) of the originally published article and possibly to other interested parties for a response to be published in the same issue of the journal as the Letter. Please note that the journal will not consider Letters to the Editor regarding Blood Cancer Discovery that were published more than 3 months prior. Correspondence concerning articles that have not been published in Blood Cancer Discovery will not be considered.

  • 400 words of text
  • 5 references, the first of which must be the citation for the original article under discussion
  • Letters may contain figures or tables only if they show data that refute the conclusions of the originating article. Figures or tables showing unpublished data in support of the conclusions of the originating article will not be considered
  • Include a title: "Running title of the original article — Letter"