News and Announcements


New at SLAS: Protocols In Drug Discovery

Traditionally, SLAS Discovery has focused on publishing original research papers and reviews. With the introduction of this latest special issue, the journal is expanding its scope to include protocol articles. These articles are designed to provide a detailed, step-by-step guide to a particular experimental technique or methodology, enabling other researchers to replicate the work and build upon it.

In this episode, we spoke with one of the special issue Guest Editors, Adam Zweifach, Ph.D. (University of Connecticut), to explore the benefits of protocol articles, how they differ from traditional research papers, and the impact they could have on the field of life drug discovery and greater SLAS scientific community.

As the new Protocol Editor of the journal, Dr. Zweifach welcomes feedback on the protocol format. Come share your idea for a Protocol at the SLAS booth at SLAS2023, or get in touch with SLAS journals online at

Click here to read the latest articles in SLAS Discovery.


SLAS2023 Pre-read Article Collection Now Available!

SLAS2023 in San Diego, February 25 - March 1 will feature scientific sessions in nine tracks delivered by a diverse group of scientists, academic researchers and industry professionals from around the world.

For a sample of what SLAS2023 has in store for you, the editors of SLAS Discovery and SLAS Technology have curated an article collection of pre-reads for SLAS2023. Browse the Collection here!


Now Offering APC Waivers for Review Articles – Limited Time Only

The editors of SLAS Discovery and SLAS Technology are currently seeking review articles on a variety of novel and current drug discovery topics. Reviews are essential contributions to the SLAS research community, serving to educate, improving the accessibility of research and providing authors with an opportunity to authoritatively distill the latest research advances. Review authors benefit from higher citations and distribution, while readers benefit from a filtered and condensed survey of complex topics.

For a limited time, the publication fee will be waived upon acceptance for all reviews submitted by August 31. For a full rundown on acceptable review manuscripts and submission criteria, visit our SLAS Journals Manuscript Category Descriptions and Examples. Review articles are a cumulative overview of the results from a collection of journal references about a particular topic. Existing materials, such as the introductory section of a thesis, can often be built into successful review articles by graduate students and postdoctoral researchers.

Reviews must be completed and submitted by August 31 to receive publication fee waivers. All submitted papers will be subject to peer-review to ensure scientific rigor, clarity of expression and integration with other contributions in the SLAS Discovery and SLAS Technology journals.

Questions? Please e-mail or call +1.630.256.7527, ext. 106.


SLAS Discovery Author Insights with Timothy Spicer, PhD

Tune in to this special episode of SLAS Discovery Author Insights, which was recorded onsite at SLAS Europe in Dublin, Ireland.

Join podcast Editor Rob Howes as he chats with Timothy Spicer, Ph.D. (Scripps Florida) about his myriad roles within SLAS as President, Associate Editor, volunteer and author. Hear more about his journey to becoming SLAS President, his significant contributions to SLAS Discovery and even his latest research and collaborations.

Listen now!

For more information about SLAS and its journals, visit


Protocols Now Accepted by SLAS Discovery


Call for Protocols: Special Issue Planned for Fall 2022


SLAS Discovery is pleased to introduce a new Protocols article type. The intent is to focus on step-by-step descriptions of methods, which enable scientists across academic and industry to directly reproduce the protocol and adapt to their research needs.

Methods published as part of a full research article lack sufficient detail necessary to easily recreate the experiment(s) and analysis. To address this gap, SLAS Discovery Protocols now allows authors to publish these methods in full detail, thereby providing much-needed reproducibility and rigor of methods. To inaugurate the release of Protocols, we have devoted a Special Issue to the novel format. Going forward, Protocols will be a standard article type for SLAS Discovery and will be published Open Access. See full Guide for Authors.

SLAS Discovery Guest Editor(s) Mariafrancesca Scalise, Ph.D., (University of Calabria) and Adam Zweifach, Ph.D., (University of Connecticut) invite the submission of abstracts of validated experimental protocols for publication in a 2022 Special Issue. Manuscript proposals (abstracts) will be used to select and invite protocols for review and publication consideration.

Special Issue Deadlines

Abstracts due June 15

• Proposals should include your name, contact information, affiliation, a working title and abstract (250-500 words) as an MS Word document.

Manuscripts due August 1

• All submitted papers will be subject to peer-review to ensure scientific rigor, clarity of expression and integration with other contributions in the SLAS Discovery Special Issue.

The guest editors seek high-quality and validated protocols on methods that have been previously used in published and peer-reviewed scientific studies. Protocols not used previously will only be considered if experimental data demonstrating the feasibility and efficacy of the method is submitted. Abstracts are welcome from academia, industry and service providers.

Submit an abstract

View all of the SLAS journals' manuscript categories and descriptions at


SLAS Building Biology in 3D Symposium Aligns Experts with SLAS Discovery Special Issue on 3D Cell Culture Approaches of Microphysiologically Relevant Models


Tim Spicer, Ph.D., (Scripps Research) and Glauco Souza, Ph.D. (Greiner Bio-One), guest editors of the April special issue of SLAS Discovery, will serve as speaker and conference program committee member respectively for an impactful SLAS symposium April 26-27 at the Broad Institute in Cambridge, MA, USA. A special registration rate of $122 is being extended to SLAS Discovery and SLAS Technology authors with the code “BROAD22” when registering to attend either in-person or online. Students can attend this symposium for free.

The Building Biology in 3D Symposium will highlight complex transitional models, advances in imaging and analysis, high-throughput advanced cellular models and other enabling technologies. More specifically a variety of experts from academia and industry will cover:

  • 3D cell cultures for drug discovery using cell aggregates, organoids and micro-tissues;
  • HTS methods for cancer, neurological, ocular, cardiovascular or other disease models using 3D cell culture;
  • applications of discovery technologies for manipulating and imaging 3D cell cultures;
  • 3D cell culture approaches directed at personalized medicine and
  • validation of molecular targets.


Keynote speakers include Nathan Coussens, Ph.D., of the Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research at NCATS/NIH and Hans Clevers, Ph.D., of Roche, who will address Organoids to Model Human Diseases.

Register for Building Biology in 3D Symposium and use the code BROAD22 to get more than $800 off your registration and access to the content online after the symposium: