This library is a public and easily accessible resource database of images, videos, and animations of cells, capturing a wide diversity of organisms, cell types, and cellular processes. The purpose of this database is to advance research on cellular activity, with the ultimate goal of improving human health.
The Cell is covered by Thomson Reuters Data Citation Index. We are accumulating images of all cell types from all organisms, including intracellular structures and movies or animations demonstrating functions. This ambitious project obviously is multiyear and relies upon the cell biology community to populate the library. The Cell: An Image Library™ aims to be as useful to the researcher and the public as are the sequence databases for nucleic acids and proteins. Toward that end, the images and videos will be annotated by professionals with broad disciplinary expertise. Raw data as well as data with limited processing will be the most valuable. Please join us in this effort by allowing us to include your image collections and videos in this open access library, and by sharing your raw data. Our team of professional annotators will work with your valuable data to assure its accuracy before presenting it to the scientific and lay communities. Their annotations will provide useful information about the images to allow researchers to explore data generated by biologists.