Editorials

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    RNA molecules are more than messengers between DNA and protein and exhibit rich regulatory functions in development and disease. In this issue, we present a Focus on regulatory RNAs with specially commissioned Review articles that discuss recent advances in this fast-growing area.

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    Science thrives on the free exchange of ideas and collaboration between diverse groups, with researcher mobility greatly accelerating progress. With isolationist rhetoric increasingly dominating the political discourse in many countries, it is important to recognize the value of migration in science.

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    This year marks the twentieth anniversary of the launch of Nature Cell Biology. We take this opportunity to reflect on the progress in cell biological research and the evolution of our journal, and to celebrate the start of our third decade with a special Focus on 20 years of cell biology.

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    Scientists are increasingly embracing social media in their professional lives. Here, we look at the different platforms available to researchers and how social media engagement can positively influence their day-to-day work and scientific communication.

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    We are often asked about various aspects of the editor’s job, and most frequently about the editorial process after submission. Here, we outline what happens after a manuscript is submitted to the journal and clarify some misconceptions about the editorial process.

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    Open discourse to identify challenges and devise solutions is essential to abolish gender inequalities globally and in science. In our ‘Focus on Women in Science’, we celebrate the achievements and consider the concerns of women researchers from around the world, who share some of the turning points of their scientific careers.

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    Understanding the dynamics and complexity of tumour metastasis is crucial for improving clinical interventions and care for cancer patients. In this issue, we present the first of a Series of commissioned Review articles that discuss emerging concepts, technological advances and therapeutic implications in this exciting field.

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    Mitochondria are critical to cellular metabolism, homeostasis and stress responses, and their dysfunction is linked to human disease and pathology. In this issue, we present a Focus of specially commissioned Review articles that discuss recent discoveries and emerging questions in this rapidly advancing field.

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    Organoid technologies offer unique insights into the biological processes of the tissues they mimic and are being developed at a rapid pace. Here, we introduce a Collection of content from across the Nature Journals, outlining recent progress and challenges in the organoid field.

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    Five years ago Nature Cell Biology removed word limits from Methods sections to enhance the detailed description of how experiments are designed, performed and analysed. Here, we revisit our policies that promote full transparency of methodological reporting and the reproducibility of the findings we publish.

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    Recent surveys have linked academia and PhD studies to a risk of experiencing mental health issues. Despite the lack of extensive data, the negative impact of the stresses of lab life should not be underestimated, and PhD students and research trainees should be supported.

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    Autophagy is a cellular degradation and recycling process with complex roles in health and disease and emerging relevance to translational research. In this issue, we launch a Series of commissioned articles that will discuss recent advances and outstanding questions driving this rapidly expanding and diverse field.

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    A strong relationship between mentor and mentee is a crucial part of the training and professional development of scientists. Here, we discuss the means of successful mentorship and debunk some myths surrounding mentoring.

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    Nature Cell Biology supports the wide dissemination of scientific findings both prior to and following publication of primary research manuscripts.

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    Advances in stem cell research offer unprecedented insights into human biology and opportunities for clinical translation. They also raise many questions with social and ethical implications.

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    Peer review is a key element of scientific publishing. Here we discuss what constitutes the ideal referee report.

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    Nature Cell Biology is among the Springer Nature journals taking part in a recently launched trial that mandates the provision of ORCID identifiers for the corresponding authors of our papers.

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    Mechanobiology — the study of how physical forces control the behaviour of cells and tissues — is a rapidly growing field. In this issue, we launch a Series of specially commissioned Review articles that discuss exciting recent developments in this area.

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    The steep cuts in science funding proposed in the 2018 US budget blueprint have raised alarm in scientific quarters, and signal the current administration's disregard for the significance of science and research in modern society.

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    Data sharing is an inherent principle of research publication, and information on how data may be accessed is key for the replication and furthering of scientific findings. Here we revisit the policies of Nature Cell Biology on data availability.

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    Shifting political landscapes in the United States and European Union have seeded uncertainty in the scientific community. Intellectual freedom, funding and scientist mobility must be protected to secure the future of biological research.

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    Stem cell biology has emerged as one of the most exciting areas of basic and biomedical research. This month, we launch a series of specially commissioned articles that discuss recent advances and challenges in this field.

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    In the mission to reduce irreproducibility, true change can only come about if all stakeholders — researchers, institutions, funders and journals — join together with common purpose.

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    In this issue, we present the first of a series of Reviews discussing different aspects of cell metabolism.

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    Nature Cell Biology explores avenues to optimize the peer-review process and improve author experience.

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    We discuss editorial policies that aim to facilitate transparency and reproducibility, and their impact on the research content published in Nature Cell Biology.

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    The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), an initiative spearheaded by the American Society for Cell Biology, aims to reform research assessment.

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    In this issue, we present the first Review in a series covering current knowledge of genomic surveillance mechanisms.

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    Nature journals' updated editorial policies aim to improve transparency and reproducibility.

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    This month, we launch a series of specially commissioned review and perspective articles on cancer cell biology, covering key topics and recent advances in understanding the cellular mechanisms underlying cancer.

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    Michael Sheetz, James Spudich and Ronald Vale have been awarded the prestigious Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award for their work on cytoskeletal motors. Nature Cell Biology joins the scientific community in congratulating the awardees and in celebrating the importance of basic research in furthering scientific endeavour.

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    As children return to school at the end of the summer in the UK, planned reforms aim to increase their science and maths literacy. A comprehensive foundation in these essential subjects is necessary to ensure that the UK remains at the forefront of science and technology for decades to come.

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    The candidates for the office of President of the United States have declared opinions and traded jabs on a wide range of topics that affect the country's global reach. However, key scientific areas in which the US must show leadership, such as climate change, science education and scientific research funding, have yet to take centre stage.

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    The Royal Society calls for a shift in the attitude of scientists and others, including funders, research institutions and publishers, towards data accessibility, curation and dissemination.

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    As the pace of translational stem cell research accelerates, researchers and governing bodies must work together to develop and implement rigorous ethical standards to guide the transition into the clinical sphere.

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    Substantial cuts in fiscal spending, triggered by the global economic crisis, highlight a pressing need to safeguard funding to ensure the future health of the scientific research enterprise.

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    Cellular membranes in eukaryotes are dynamic structures; this is a key property for their roles in numerous cellular processes. In this issue, we present a series of review articles that highlight recent developments in membrane trafficking, and provide an overview of the importance of trafficking events in development and disease.

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    Nature Cell Biology editors highlight research and news relevant to cell and developmental biologists.

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    In the competitive world of scientific publishing, it is essential to communicate research findings in a clear and accessible manner. Scientists should develop the ability to write well-structured and compelling cover letters, manuscripts and rebuttal letters.

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    How cells accurately duplicate and segregate their genetic information remains a topic of intense research. A series of specially commissioned articles in this issue presents recent insights into different aspects of the cell division cycle and genomic surveillance.

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    Recognizing the importance of sound scientific advice to the government, the UK Parliament has examined the peer review system.