Development publishes high quality research and review articles in developmental biology, stem cell biology and regeneration. The journal seeks to underscore the close relationship between developmental biology, stem cells and regeneration. Our “Stem Cells & Regeneration” site is the home for stem cell research within the Development website. Here you will find recent articles, highlighted papers from our archives, and the latest news from the journal and the wider stem cell community.

The fields of developmental biology and stem cell science are tightly linked: efficient differentiation of stem cells in vitro relies on applying developmental principles in culture settings, while stem cells provide a highly tractable model to understand developmental processes.

Development has a long history in publishing stem cell work, and over the last few years, our current Editor in Chief, Olivier Pourquié (IGBMC, Strasbourg, France), has sought to increase our visibility within this field. Notably, the journal's editorial team includes several renowned stem cell researchers: Benoit Bruneau (Gladstone Institute, San Francisco, USA; cardiac stem cells and development), Magdalena Götz (Helmholtz Center Munich, Germany; neural stem cells), Gordon Keller (McEwen Center for Regenerative Medicine, Toronto, Canada; mesoderm and endoderm lineages) and Austin Smith (Wellcome Trust Centre for Stem Cell Research, Cambridge, UK; stem cell pluripotency).

This site, dedicated exclusively to stem cell and regeneration research, also reflects that aim. For more information on Development's view of the links between the stem cell and developmental biology fields, as well as the journal's position and policies on publishing stem cell research, please see these recent editorials:

Stem cells and regeneration: a special issue

Reprogramming development

A niche for stem cell research


To launch this "Stem Cells & Regeneration" site, we published a Special Issue dedicated exclusively to the stem cell field. This issue features review and research articles from leaders in the field, as well as commentaries by both 2012 Nobel Laureates in Physiology or Medicine, John Gurdon and Shinya Yamanaka. We invite you to browse this issue.

Development welcomes submission of your best stem cell papers. More information on how to submit your article can be found here. All articles are assessed by academic editors who are experts in the field, and the journal strives to provide an excellent peer review and publication process for authors.


The journal is published by The Company of Biologists, a not-for-profit publisher of the three distinguished journals Development, Journal of Cell Science and The Journal of Experimental Biology, as well as two newer open access journals, Disease Models & Mechanisms and Biology Open. In addition to publishing, The Company makes an important contribution to the scientific community, providing grants for scientific meetings, workshops and conferences. The Company also provides travelling fellowships for students and post-docs allowing skill-acquiring and collaborative visits to other laboratories. Additionally, The Company runs a series of interdisciplinary workshops.

We welcome your feedback on this site and the journal; please contact stemcells.dev@biologists.com with any comments.