Call for Papers – Translating Multiscale Research in Rare Disease

Disease Models & Mechanisms (DMM) invites you to submit your latest research for our upcoming Special Issue Translating Multiscale Research in Rare Disease. The issue will be coordinated by DMM Editors Monica Justice [The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), Toronto, Canada], Karen Liu (King’s College London, UK) and Monkol Lek (Yale School of Medicine, USA), and Guest Editor Kate Rauen (University of California, Davis, USA).

The deadline for submitting articles to the special issue is Monday 2 October 2023*.

Individually, rare disease might affect only a few people, making them difficult to recognise, diagnose or treat, but collectively they affect approximately 300 million people globally at any one time. These complex diseases affect nearly any organ system or biological function. Research in various model systems can reveal rare disease mechanisms at genetic, molecular, cellular, tissue, organ and organism scales. DMM welcomes studies focused on the genomics, phenomics, networks, mechanisms and pathways of rare diseases, to foster meaningful clinical progress in their diagnosis and treatment.

We invite you to showcase your breakthrough research in this special collection. Submissions should describe original research in the form of a Research Article or Resource Article. Please read the author guidelines for information on preparing a manuscript for DMM, and submit your manuscript via our online submission system. Please highlight that your submission is to be considered for the Special Issue in your cover letter. Prospective authors are welcome to send presubmission enquiries, or direct any queries, to

The Special Issue is scheduled for publication in spring 2024, although note that our continuous publication model means that DMM will publish your article as soon as it is accepted; you will not have to wait for the rest of the issue to be ready. It will also include specially commissioned Reviews, Perspectives and Interviews from leaders in the field. The Special Issue will be widely promoted online and at key global conferences – guaranteeing maximum exposure for your work.

Key benefits of publishing in DMM include:

  • Submissions handled by expert academic Editors

  • High visibility and impact

  • Format-free submission

  • Open Access (CC-BY licence)**

  • Competitive decision speeds and rapid publication

  • Not-for-profit publisher

  • Any papers accepted for publication after the deadline for the launch issue will be published in later issues and added to the compiled online subject collection. Contact us for further details.
    ** Research and Resource Articles are subject to a $3,750 Open Access Article Processing Charge.