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 Watch

In an effort to keep readers informed, the journal features short summaries of research articles published in other journals. These articles are selected by the editors based on their potential impact on and relevance to blood cancer research.

 

Original Research

Research Articles

Research Articles report on original studies of exceptional significance in the fields of basic, translational, clinical, and epidemiologic blood cancer research.

  • 150-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 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

 

Views

Review

An authoritative, comprehensive overview of timely subjects of broad interest to blood cancer research community. Reviews include the author's point of view on how the subject relates to the current state of the field and how it could affect research or patient care.

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

Mini-Review

An authoritative, comprehensive overview on a timely subject. Subjects covered in Mini Reviews are narrower, either in scope or depth, than those covered in full-length Review Articles and include the author's perspective on how the subject relates to the current state of the field and how it could impact research or treatment.

  • 100-word abstract
  • 1-2 sentence statement of significance
  • 4,000 words of text
  • 50 references
  • 3 figures and/or tables total (no panel limit; each figure or table must fit on a single printed page)

Perspective

An outlook into future developments on a timely topic of broad interest.

  • 100-word abstract
  • 5,000 words of text
  • 2 figures
  • 20 references

In Focus

A mini-perspective or a commentary on a recent event of interest to the blood cancer research community.

  • 1-2 sentence summary
  • 3,000 words of text
  • 1 figure (optional)
  • 25 references

In the Spotlight (By Invitation Only)

A commentary accompanying an original research article published in the same issue of Blood Cancer Discovery.

  • 1-2 sentence summary
  • 2,000 words of text
  • 1 figure (optional)
  • 10 references, including the original article on which the commentary is written

Science In Society

A discussion about aspects of cancer research, technology and medicine pertinent to society, with a goal of identifying current challenges and proposing solutions. The topics covered in this section include policy, funding, socioeconomic factors and public health..

  • 1-2 sentence summary
  • 2,000 words of text
  • 1 figure (optional)
  • 10 references

Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor express views related to published articles that do not in themselves constitute original research. Letters to the Editor must focus on and refer to an article published in Blood Cancer Discovery within the previous 3 months. If found to meet the journal's publication criteria (i.e., if it comprises scholarly commentary on a subject of importance and interest to a broad readership), the Letter may be sent to various pertinent parties, including the author(s) of the cited article and possibly to other interested experts in the field, in order to grant them the opportunity to respond. Any such response would be vetted similarly and published in the same issue of the journal as the Letter.

  • The title should read as “‘Running title of the original article’ — Letter”; please note that the Editors-in-Chief reserve the right to modify the title
  • 500 words of text
  • 5 references; the first reference must cite the originating article
  • Figures or tables are permitted only if they show data that refute the conclusions of the originating article; figures or tables featuring unpublished data in support of the conclusions of the originating article will not be considered