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Categories of Articles

Descriptions of the types of articles considered for publication are as follows. Note that word counts are exclusive of references. Authors are advised that submissions not adhering to the guidelines provided below may be returned.

Research Articles

Manuscripts that report original studies in epidemiology, biomarkers, prevention, or behavioral sciences relating to cancer that are well-documented, novel, and of high scientific merit.

  • 250-word abstract
  • 4,000 words of text
  • 6 tables and/or figures
  • 100 references (meta-analyses and similar articles may require more references)


Resource Reports

Descriptions of major population-focused data resources such as cohorts, consortia, networks, and other useful data resources for cancer researchers. A practical population-focused application of the resource must be clearly described. Restrictions on availability of any of the components of a manuscript must be disclosed in the cover letter at initial submission. Authors are encouraged to include unique searchable Research Resource Identifiers (RRIDs) where appropriate. All Resource Reports will be subject to peer review.

Length guidelines for Resource Reports are as follows:

  • 250-word abstract
  • 5,000 words of text
  • 6 tables and/or figures
  • 50 references


Null Results in Brief

Original reports of null results of important a priori hypotheses tested with sufficient statistical power. Supplementary Material is generally not to be used to provide additional details about study methods or results.

Please indicate in your cover letter that your submission is for the Null Results in Brief category. In order to ensure timely publication, authors of submissions to this category will be permitted to make only minor revisions to the submitted text. In addition, reviewers' comments may not be provided to authors of rejected manuscripts. Relatively rigid criteria are applied during the evaluation. The submitted manuscript should fulfill the following criteria:

  1. The manuscript should add to the current knowledge of cancer in humans (not animals or other experimental systems) and be useful to future investigators making decisions regarding replication and/or inclusion in meta-analysis.
  2. Although the manuscript should provide sufficient description of the study so that readers can evaluate the results, detailed study methodology must be described elsewhere (e.g., in prior publications), given limitations to manuscript length. Only methods that bear on the actual results, and that have not been previously reported, should be given. More detailed methods should be referenced.
  3. The authors should clearly specify hypotheses that demonstrate a biological rationale for the data being presented. Priority will be given to articles that address well-defined biological pathways; previously reported associations of high impact (including genome-wide associations); adequately powered interactions; and genotyping and haplotyping studies that involve multiple genes.
  4. For studies about biomarkers, the assays used should be well validated and biologically ;meaningful.
  5. The statistical power should be equal to or greater than that in prior empirical publications.
  6. Studies reporting single biomarkers (including single SNPs, groups of SNPs within a single gene, single diet nutrients and single metabolites measured in blood or biospecimens) will be given low priority for publication. Higher priority will be given to work reporting multiple components of a single pathway or markers for several pathways.
  7. Authors are encouraged to combine as much null data as possible into a single publication. Authors are also encouraged to incorporate null data into papers reporting positive findings for pathway markers.


  • Include a brief structured abstract (no more than 1-2 sentences each for Background, Methods, Results, Conclusions, and Impact)
  • 800 words of text
  • 8 or fewer references
  • 2 figures and/or tables


Reviews and Minireviews

Review Articles and Minireviews on timely subjects of interest and importance to the readers of CEBP are welcome. Unsolicited Review Articles will be considered for publication, and others will be invited by the Editor.

  • 200-word abstract (unstructured)
  • 6,000 words of text for Review Articles
  • 3,500 words of text for Minireviews
  • 5 figures and/or tables



Commentaries offer a point of view on topics of current interest. Commentaries can be speculative and creative and are meant to stimulate thought on a topic of interest to our readership. Commentaries may also be invited to complement or counter a primary article. All commentaries will be subject to peer review.

  • 1,200–1,500 words of text
  • 200-word abstract (unstructured, 3–5 sentences)
  • Not more than 25 references
  • Not more than 3 figures and/or tables


Letter to the Editor

Readers are welcome to submit comments on articles recently published in the journal. Letters to the Editor are intended to promote scientific discourse. A lack of potential for discourse and author reply may lessen the enthusiasm for consideration.

  • 400 words of text
  • 5 references, the first of which should be the original article
  • No tables or figures unless approved by the Editor
  • Include a title: "Running title of the original article" — Letter
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