Journal Information

Cell Death Discovery is a multidisciplinary, international, online-only, open access journal, dedicated to publishing research at the intersection of medicine with biochemistry, pharmacology, immunology, cell biology and cell death, provided it is scientifically sound.

The unrestricted access to research findings in Cell Death Discovery will foster a dynamic and highly productive dialogue between basic scientists and clinicians as well as researchers in industry with a focus on cancer, neurobiology and inflammation research.

Cell Death Discovery builds upon the success of Cell Death & Differentiation and Cell Death & Disease in publishing important peer-reviewed original research, timely reviews and editorial commentary.

About the Editors

Cell Death Discovery has the same editorial team as Cell Death & Differentiation and Cell Death & Disease.

Find out more about the journal's Editors-in-Chief and the Editorial Board.

Aims & Scope

Cell Death Discovery is committed to increasing the reproducibility of research. To this end, in conjunction with its sister journals Cell Death & Differentiation and Cell Death & Disease, Cell Death Discovery provides a unified forum for scientists as well as clinicians and members of the pharmaceutical and biotechnical industry. It is committed to the rapid publication of high quality original papers that relate to these subjects, together with topical, usually solicited, reviews, editorial correspondence and occasional commentaries on controversial and scientifically informative issues.

Submit your next manuscript to Cell Death Discovery and benefit from:

  • International expert Editors and editorial team
  • Rapid decision and publication times
  • Fully Open Access - supporting the accessibility and visibility of your article
  • Part of the CDDpress family - devoted to sound science in cell and molecular biology
  • Articles promoted via Twitter and topical Collections
  • Wide exposure and article visibility via
  • Free advice from Springer Nature’s Research Data Services

Journal Metrics

Article metrics such as number of downloads, citations and online attention are available from each article page, and provide an overview of the attention received by a paper.

The 2021 journal citation metrics for Cell Death Discovery are as follows:

2-year Impact Factor* (2021): 7.109
5-year Impact Factor* (2021): 6.350
Immediacy index*: 1.154
Eigenfactor® score*: 0.00518
Article influence score*: 1.153
JCR Rank*: CELL BIOLOGY 76/195
Journal Citation Score*: 0.76

SNIP: 1.19
SJR: 1.556

The 2021 peer review performance metrics for Cell Death Discovery are shown below:

  • 6 days to first decision for all manuscripts (Median)
  • Annual article downloads: 300,085

824,932 Downloads (in 2021)
1,861 Altmetric mentions (2021)

*2020 Journal Citation Reports® Science Edition (Clarivate Analytics, 2021)


Cell Death Discovery articles are indexed in:

  • PubMed Central
  • Science Citation Index
  • Science Citation Index Expanded (SCIE)
  • DOAJ
  • Google Scholar
  • Scopus


The ISSN (online) number for Cell Death Discovery is 2058-7716.


Read the joint Nature Publishing Group and ADMC Cell Death Discovery press release, announcing the journal's launch.