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Discoveries: an innovative platform for publishing cutting-edge research discoveries in medicine, biology and chemistry

DISCOVERIES (ISSN 2359–7232), 2013, October-December


. Discoveries: an innovative platform for publishing cutting-edge research discoveries in medicine, biology and chemistry. Discoveries 2013, Oct-Dec; 1(1): e1.

DOI: 10.15190/d.2013.1

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Discoveries: an innovative platform for publishing cutting-edge research discoveries in medicine, biology and chemistry

(1)*, (2), (3), (4), (5), (6), (7), (8), (9), (10), (11), (12), (13), (14), (15,16), (17), (18), (19), (20), (21), (22), (23), (24), (25), (26), (27), (28), (30), (29), (30)*


(1) Department of Pathology, Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA, USA; (2) Department of Cancer Biology, Lerner Research Institute & Department of Radiation Oncology, Taussig Cancer Institute, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio, United States of America; (3) Boston University School of Medicine, Department of Microbiology, Boston, MA, USA; (4) The Institute for Molecular Medicine, Department of Molecular Pathology, Huntington Beach, CA, USA; (5) Division of Cancer Biology and Angiogenesis, Department of Pathology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA; (6) Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD 21287; (7) Intelligent Systems and Bioinformatics Laboratory, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, USA; (8) Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine, University of Medicine and Pharmacy “Carol Davila” and Victor Babes National Institute of Pathology, Bucharest, Romania; (9) Center for Cell Biology and Cancer Research & Center for Immunology and Microbial Disease, Albany Medical College, Albany, NY, USA; (10) Applied Systems, Craiova, Romania; (11) Department of Molecular Biotechnology and Health Sciences, University of Turin, Turin, Italy; (12) Department of Experimental Therapeutics and Leukemia & Center for RNA Interference and Non-Coding RNAs, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, USA; (13) Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences & Center for Cancer Research, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, Tennessee; (14) Department of Immunobiology, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT, USA; (15) de Duve Institute, Université Catholique de Louvain, Brussels, Belgium; (16) Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, Brussels, Belgium; (17) CSIR-Central Drug Research Institute, Biochemistry Division, Lucknow, UP, India; (18) Steele Laboratory for Tumor Biology, Department of Radiation Oncology, Massachusetts General Hospital & Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA; (19) Department of Pathology, St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center, Beth Israel Medical Center and Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY, USA; (20) Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology & Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, USA; (21) Departments of Pathology and Neurology, Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington, DC, USA; (22) Center for Applied Medical Research, University of Navarra, Pamplona, Spain; (23) Department of Genetics, Center for RNA Molecular Biology, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland, OH, USA; (24) Departments of Molecular & Cellular Biology, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, United States of America; (25) Department of Physics, Structural Biology, Biochemistry, and Biophysics Program & Syracuse Biomaterials Institute, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, USA; (26) Institute for Neuroscience, Medical University Innsbruck, Innsbruck, Austria; (27) Human Thyroid Cancers Preclinical and Translational Research Laboratory, Experimental Division of Cancer Biology and Angiogenesis, Department of Pathology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Simon C. Fireman Research Center and Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA; (28) Department of Psychiatry, Rostock University Medical School, Rostock, Germany; (29) School of Biological Science and Technology, State Key Laboratory of Medical Genetics, Central South University, Changsha, China; (30) Institute for Molecular Cardiovascular Research (IMCAR), RWTH Aachen University, Germany.

*Corresponding authors:

Octavian Bucur, MD, Department of Pathology, Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, 330 Brookline Ave, Boston, MA, 02215, USA. E-mail: obucur@bidmc.harvard.edu

Elisa A. Liehn, MD, PhD, Institute for Molecular Cardiovascular Research (IMCAR), University Hospital Aachen, Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen, Pauwelsstrasse 30, 52074 Aachen, Germany. Phone: +49 241 8035983; Fax: +49 241 8082716; E-mail: eliehn@ukaachen.de

Access full text of the manuscript here:  (updated 08/31/2018)*

* The initial article was updated on 08/31/2018 by including the first and last paragraphs of the main text as the Abstract. There are no other content changes performed (e.g no changes to the title, authors, affiliations, text content).

DISCOVERIES is a new peer-reviewed, open access, online multidisciplinary and integrative journal publishing high impact reviews, experimental articles, perspective articles, and editorials from all areas related to medicine, biology, and chemistry, including but not limited to: Molecular and Cellular Biology, Biochemistry, Biophysics, Genomics, Proteomics, Biotechnology, Synthetic Biology, Bioengineering, Systems Biology, Bioinformatics, Translational Medicine, Medicine/ Clinical findings, Cognitive Science, Epidemiology, Global Medicine, Family Medicine, Organic/ Inorganic/ Physical Chemistry and Ethics in Science.

DISCOVERIES brings to the research community an outstanding editorial board that aims to address several of the innovations proposed above: there is no need to format the manuscript before submission, we have a rapid and efficient submission process, there is no need for a Cover Letter and we support the need for rules for validation of critical reagents, such as antibodies. Discoveries will aim to support high quality research on human subjects materials to provide relevance for non-human studies along with mechanistic insights into human biology and chemistry. We also aim to avoid requesting unnecessary experiments during the review process, without affecting the quality and conclusions of published manuscripts. In addition, we recognize the need of adopting the recommendations made by NCCD and other similar scientific guiding entities.


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