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.


Journal Metrics
Article metrics such as number of downloads, citations and online attention are available from each article page, and provide an overview of the attention received by a paper.

The 2021 peer review performance metrics for Heredity are shown below:

Average time to decision without external review – 5 days
Average time to decision following external review – 35 days
Average time from acceptance to publication – 26 days
Article page views* – 757,488
Altmetric mentions – 3,401

The 2021 journal metrics** for Heredity are as follows:

2-year Impact Factor: 3.832
5-year Impact Factor: 4.412
Immediacy index: 1.062
Eigenfactor® score: 0.0083
Article influence score: 1.39
SNIP: 1.156
SJR: 1.441

* Web view data from Google Analytics
**2021 Journal Citation Reports® Science Edition (Clarivate Analytics, 2022)


Sara Goodacre, University of Nottingham, UK

Deputy Editor-in-Chief and European Editor
Aurora Ruiz-Herrera Moreno, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain

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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.

More information about Heredity Fieldwork Grants


Free Access to Heredity for Genetics Society Members

Members of the Genetics Society can access Heredity for free. To gain access sign in to mySociety then from the top menu select Membership > Heredity.


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.