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Did you know?
Submitting an article
Benefits of publishing with Heredity
Open Access & Self Archiving
Extend the reach of your paper

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Did you know?

  • That over 82,900 recipients will receive via e-mail a copy of the table of contents for the Heredity issue in which your article is published.
  • That there are 100,000 page views across the Heredity web site on average each month.
  • That Heredity has an impact factor of 3.961
  • That the median time authors receive a first decision on their paper is 40 working days.
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Submitting an article

To read about how to prepare your article, please click on Instructions for Authors.

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Understanding the Publishing Process
This guide will provide you with essential information that will improve the chances of your article being accepted, with advice on:

  • selecting a journal that best suits your needs
  • preparing your manuscript so as to maximize your chance of being selected for publication
  • editorial and ethical policies in scientific publishing
  • the peer review process and how to interpret an editor’s/reviewer’s response
  • maximizing the visibility of your research following acceptance

If you are ready to submit an article please click on Online Submission.

Heredity has joined the Joint Data Archiving initiative. Original articles submitted from March 2011 are subject to mandatory archiving of data. Please see the Instructions for Authors for more details and the editorial for a discussion of the need for access to data.

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Benefits of publishing with Heredity

Heredity is the official journal of the The Genetics Society, which is committed to publishing high quality, independently peer-reviewed research and review material.

The journal is published in partnership with Nature Publishing Group (NPG), which uses pioneering technologies, innovative formats and world-class production to provide premium information for scientific researchers in the public and private sectors, government agencies and educators.

A key strength of NPG is its close relationship with the scientific community. By working closely with scientists, listening to what they say, and always placing emphasis on quality rather than quantity, NPG is the leading scientific publisher at finding innovative solutions to scientists' information needs, both for the Nature-branded publications and those published on behalf of society partners, including GenSoc.

Publishing with Heredity and NPG provides an author with a wide range of benefits:

The Genetics Society does not require authors of original research papers to assign copyright of their published contributions. Authors grant The Genetics Society an exclusive license to publish, in return for which they can re-use their papers in their future printed work. NPG's author license page provides details of the policy and a sample form. Authors are encouraged to submit their version of the accepted, peer-reviewed manuscript to their funding body's archive for public release six months after publication. In addition, authors are encouraged to archive their version of the manuscript in their institution's repositories (as well as on their personal websites), also six months after the original publication. Authors should cite the publication reference and doi number on any deposited version, and provide a link from it to the published article on the NPG website. This policy complements the policies of the US National Institutes of Health, the Wellcome Trust and other research funding bodies around the world. NPG recognizes the efforts of funding bodies to increase access of the research they fund, and strongly encourages authors to participate in such efforts.

Research Data Policy

We strongly encourage that all datasets on which the conclusions of the paper rely should be available to readers. We encourage authors to ensure that their datasets are either deposited in publicly available repositories (where available and appropriate) or presented in the main manuscript or additional supporting files whenever possible. Where one does not exist, the information must be made available to referees at submission and to readers promptly upon request. Any restrictions on material availability or other relevant information must be disclosed in the manuscript's Methods section and should include details of how materials and information may be obtained.

Please see the journals guidelines on Research Data policy here.

Online submission - reducing publication times

Heredity has adopted Springer Nature's online submission system, which allows authors to submit papers via the Web. This system speeds up the submission and refereeing process, and allows you to view the status of your paper online.

Supplementary online material

Authors are invited to submit additional supporting material such as data sets or video for publication in the online version of the journal. Online supplementary material makes the most of the Web as a delivery platform and can often give articles greater depth, making them more useful to readers.

Supplementary information is peer-reviewed material directly relevant to the conclusions of an article that cannot be included in the printed version owing to space or format constraints. It is posted on the journal’s website and linked to the article when the article is published and may consist of data files, graphics, movies or extensive tables.

The article must be complete and self-explanatory without the supplementary information. Supplementary information enhances a reader’s understanding of the manuscript but is not essential to that understanding.

Supplementary information must be supplied to the Editorial Office in its final form for peer review. On acceptance the final version of the peer reviewed supplementary information should be submitted with the accepted manuscript.

To ensure that the contents of the supplementary information files can be viewed by the editor(s), referees and readers, please also submit a ‘read-me’ file containing brief instructions on how to use the file.

Weekly publication online

New articles in Heredity, as in all NPG journals, are published weekly online ahead of the archival print issue, ensuring the research is made publicly available and can be cited as soon as possible after acceptance for publication. The online publication is identical to the printed version and is not a preliminary, unedited version, thus maintaining the journal's tradition of excellence and the integrity of the published record.

Quality

Authors who choose to publish in any NPG journal can be assured that its staff's publishing, editorial and production skills are committed to maintaining the highest possible quality and standards.

Exposure - widest possible readership

All NPG journals, including Heredity, are available online via site licenses to academic, corporate and government institutions and consortia. Journals are available to members of these institutions at the click of a mouse, adding speed and visibility to authors' research papers.

Regular free e-mail alerts

Content published in Heredity has the potential to reach scientists around the world who have signed up for NPG's free table of contents e-alerts, ensuring additional exposure to authors. These e-alerts allow recipients to click through to the full article if they subscribe or work at an institution with a site license, or click through to the article's abstract for other readers.

Focused subject areas on nature.com

From immunology to physics, genetics to materials, subject-specific areas provide a focused environment for readers, providing a monthly updated focus for a particular field.

Abstracting and indexing

Heredity is included in the leading abstracting and indexing services including ISI, MEDLINE, EMBASE and BIOSIS. Extensive reference linking to MEDLINE, ISI and others via services such as Crossref and DOI numbers provide seamless online linking between articles and databases.

Media coverage

The Nature press office provides information about exceptionally interesting papers published throughout NPG. More than 2,000 journalists and media organizations worldwide subscribe to the press service, ensuring that papers receive maximum exposure in the world's most important media channels including newspapers, magazines, radio and television.

Extending science further - global collaborations

NPG and Heredity support some projects aimed at making current research available to a broader community of scientists and practitioners.

All NPG journals, including Heredity, are in WHO's HINARI (Health InterNetwork Access to Research Initiative) program, which provides free access to public institutions in developing countries.


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Open Access & Self Archiving

Self-archiving and manuscript deposition (green open access)

Authors of original research articles are encouraged to submit the author's version of the accepted paper (the unedited manuscript) to a repository for public release six months after publication. NPG also offers a free, opt-in Manuscript Deposition Service for original research articles in order to help authors fulfil funder and institutional mandates.

Learn more about self-archiving and manuscript deposition.

Open access publication (gold open access)

Authors of research articles can opt to pay an article processing charge (APC) for their accepted articles to be open access online immediately upon publication. Open access articles are published under Creative Commons licenses, which allow authors to retain copyright to their work while making it open to readers.

To facilitate self-archiving NPG deposits open access articles in PubMed Central, Europe PubMed Central, and PubMed Central Canada on publication. Authors are also permitted to post the final, published PDF of their article on a website, institutional repository or other free public server immediately on publication.

Visit our open research site for detailed information about publishing open access in Heredity:

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Compliance with open access mandates

NPG's open access journals allow authors to comply with all funders' open access policies worldwide. Authors may need to take specific actions to achieve compliance with funder and institutional open access mandates.

Learn more about open access compliance.

Extend the reach of your paper

We encourage you to take some immediate and simple steps that can help extend the reach and impact of your paper. Learn how you can disseminate your research to your inner circles through the use of social media and online communities by visiting our Author Tips page.