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Aims and scope
Heredity is the official journal of the Genetics Society. It covers a broad range of topics within the field of genetics and therefore papers must address conceptual or applied issues of interest to the journal's wide readership. The focus should thus be on broad general lessons that can be extended across systems.

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The journal particularly encourages submissions in the following areas:

  • population genetics/ genomics
  • functional genomics, transcriptomics, metabolomics and proteomics
  • epigenetics
  • ecological genetics
  • evolutionary genetics
  • quantitative genetics
  • adaptation genomics
  • crop and livestock genetics/ genomics

  • Heredity's original articles cover new theory and primary empirical research that offers novel insights, using the latest advances in technological and analytical tools. The journal also publishes regular reviews and special issues on current topics.

    Impact factor
    2015 Impact Factor 3.801
    29/149 Ecology
    12/45 Evolutionary Biology
    44/165 Genetics & Heredity

    *2015 Journal Citation Reports® Science Edition (Thomson Reuters, 2016)

    Barbara K. Mable, University of Glasgow, UK

    To see details of the full editorial team, please click here

    Submit your research to Heredity today
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    Celebrating 70 years of Heredity

    Heredity Podcasts

    The Heredity podcast features interviews with the people behind the science and a digest of breaking news from Geoff Marsh. You can download the latest podcast on the following site:




    Heredity Fieldwork Grants

    The income from the journal Heredity  is used to fund the Heredity Fieldwork Grant.

    Grants of up to £1,500 are available to cover the travel and accommodation costs associated with pursuing a field-based genetic research project or to visit another laboratory for training.

    Click here for more information and to apply

    Data Archiving

    Archiving of primary data that studies are based on is now mandatory for publication in Heredity

    The editorial team strongly believes that the free availability of data to other research scientists is beneficial to the development of this field and that electronic archiving now makes this goal attainable. 

    See the Instructions to Authors for further details.

    The Genetics Society and NPG are also delighted to offer all Heredity authors free deposition into Dryad.


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