I'm about to submit a manuscript to a journal that invites authors to send in possible cover art with initial submission of the manuscript. Here's a mock-up. I took into account the placement of the title, which is why there's some empty space. I'll be happy just to have the paper accepted, but wouldn't mind getting the cover too! It's about our discovery that the cell surface receptor CD22 recycles back to the cell surface after endocytosis, and that it differentially transports cargo into the cell, depending on the cargo. Fingers crossed!
Of all the lousy luck, someone publishing in the same issue had a scanning electron microscopy image of a macrophage phagocytosing red blood cells, and it is awesome. I totally would have chosen that over mine too.
Paper accepted today in Journal of Immunology! Hooray! (Still have to wait to see if they use the cover)