Call for Papers

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The Journal of Clinical and Translational Science - the Official Journal of ACTS and CR Forum - highlights outstanding work in the following areas:

  • Basic and Preclinical Research
  • Clinical Research
  • Education
  • Research Methods and Technology
  • Implementation, Policy, and Community Engagement
  • Translational Research Design and Analysis

Manuscripts may be submitted for peer review in any of the Journal’s article types listed below:

  • Research Articles
  • Expedited Reports
  • Brief Reports
  • Letters
  • Special Communications
  • Comments
  • Review Articles
  • Editorials
  • Perspectives
  • Conference Proceedings
  • Translational Science Case Studies

For a full description of each manuscript category, as well as information on the submission of manuscripts, journal policy and journal style, please visit the JCTS Instructions for Contributors on Cambridge Core.

JCTS is accepting manuscripts for upcoming thematic issues! Learn more about each thematic issue and the submission deadlines below:

Integration of Social Determinants of Health with Clinical and Translational Science

Deadline for Submission: December 31, 2023

Themed issue: Advancing Understanding and Use of Impact Measures in Implementation Science

Deadline for Submission: February 15, 2024

Themed issue: COVID-19 Therapeutic Platform Trials Lessons Learned

Deadline for Submission: May 31, 2024


Other calls for papers on translational research topics:

Real-World Evidence. Clinical & Translational Science

Deadline for Submission: September 1, 2023

Seeking submissions of original research focusing on how read-world evidence/real-world data can be applied in clinical pharmacology and translational science.

Integration of Social Determinants of Health with Clinical and Translational Science. Journal of Clinical and Translational Science.

Deadline for submission: December 31, 2023

Seeking manuscripts that highlight the integration of SDoH with clinical and translation science to understand the role of SDoH in health disparities and to develop SDoH-based intervention strategies to mitigate identified disparities, ultimately improving equity in health care and health outcomes.

Cardiovascular Biomarker Translational Research. Journal of Cardiovascular Translational Research.

Deadline for submission: open (opened for submission from June 20, 2023)

Seeking manuscripts focused on research bridging the gap between basic research findings and clinical practice.

Pediatric Obesity and Diabetes. BMC Medicine

Deadline for submission: open

Obesity in pediatrics has been on the rise in the past decades and has led to a dramatic growth in the incidence of T2D among children and adolescents. For this special collection, BMC Medicine encourages submissions of original research including randomized clinical trials (phase I, I/II, II and III as well as positive or negative trials), epidemiological studies (retrospective or prospective), systematic and umbrella reviews, medical genomics studies, biomarkers, and translational research.

Reverse translation: bridging the practice-to-research gap. Health Psychology

Deadline for submission: open

In order to focus attention on ways that patients, practitioners, and other stakeholders can inform research goals in health psychology and behavioral medicine, this ongoing special series seeks articles that identify problems that are prevalent in clinical or community settings and that create opportunities for translational research to improve health-related behavioral intervention services and prevention programs.