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.
The journal particularly encourages submissions in the following areas:
- population genetics/ genomics
- functional genomics, transcriptomics, metabolomics and proteomics
- 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.
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 2019 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 – 51 days
Average time from submission to acceptance – 125 days
Average time from acceptance to publication – 15 days
Article page views – 547,092
Altmetric mentions – 2,149
The 2019 journal metrics* for Heredity are as follows:
2-year Impact Factor: 3.436
5-year Impact Factor: 4.101
Immediacy index: 1.052
Eigenfactor® score: 0.01055
Article influence score: 1.448
*2019 Journal Citation Reports® Science Edition (Clarivate Analytics, 2020)
Barbara K. Mable, University of Glasgow, UK
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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.
Free Access to Heredity for Genetics Society Members
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.