Volume 119, No 4
October 2017

ISSN: 0018-067X
EISSN: 1365-2540

2016 Impact Factor 3.961*
34/153 Ecology
15/48 Evolutionary Biology
44/166 Genetics & Heredity

B Mable

*2016 Journal Citation Reports® Science Edition (Clarivate Analytics, 2017)


Heredity is the official journal of the Genetics Society and was founded by R.A. Fisher and C.D. Darlington. To celebrate Heredity’s 70th anniversary we will be assembling virtual collections of papers to trace research themes appearing in the inaugural issue on July 1st 1947 that are still under investigation in 2017. The anniversary provides a good opportunity to revisit historical perspectives and serves as a humbling reminder of the insightful and innovative contributions made by early geneticists, despite lacking the arsenal of tools we have available today. Through Springer Nature, the entire archive of issues is available online, with free access prior to 2015.
Read the current collections on
Evolution of Plant Mating Systems: Homomorphic Self-incompatibility
Plant Breeding
Sex determination and sex chromosome evolution

See also our video highlighting some of Heredity's key achievements during its 70 year lifespan.

New Editor-in-Chief for Heredity

Featured editor

Professor Barbara K. Mable has taken over from Michael Bruford as the new Editor-in-Chief of Heredity. We would like to thank Professor Bruford for the work he has undertaken for Heredity during his time as Editor-in-Chief and welcome Professor Mable who has stepped up after a number of years working on the journal as an Editor. Barbara is a Professor of Evolutionary Genetics at Glasgow University, UK, with a specific interest in understanding the effects of gene and whole genome duplication on processes involved in adaptation to changing biotic and abiotic environments.

Have you listened to the Heredity podcast?

The Heredity podcast features interviews with the people behind the science and a digest of breaking news. Recent episodes have included:

  • How genetics are helping scientists piece together the history of Alaskan cattle, and the impacts of bear predation on wild salmon.
  • The genetic diversity of hatchery-reared sea urchins and the mysterious link between face colour and reproductive incompatibility in finches.
  • Signatures of selection in desert goats and sheep and a new method for monitoring Wolbachia invasion dynamics in mosquitos.

Click here to listen online or download for free using your smartphone.

Meet the Editors

John Bradshaw

Each week we bring you a new profile of one of Heredity's editorial team.

John Bradshaw spent the whole of his 34 year career (1975-2009) as a plant breeder and geneticist at what is now the James Hutton Institute in Dundee; having studied genetics and applied genetics… Read in full

Data archiving now mandatory

For manuscripts submitted after 1 March 2011, archiving of the primary data on which the study is based 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.

Dryad logoThe Genetics Society and Springer Nature are also delighted to offer all Heredity authors free deposition into Dryad.

Open Access Publication

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.
Visit our Open Research Site for detailed information about publishing open access.

News and Commentary

News and Commentary

Read the latest discussion on new research papers.

Special issues

Heredity Special Issues

Heredity publishes regular Special Issues. View the most recent Special Issue — Genetics of local adaptation in salmonid fishes — and many more Special Issues.

Nature Reviews Genetics

Nature Reviews Genetics

A new article from Nature Reviews Genetics: Using next-generation sequencing to isolate mutant genes from forward genetic screens.

Evolution & Ecology

Evolution & Ecology

Visit the evolution & ecology@nature.com Subject Area Page for a round up of the latest research in these fields.

Nature Genetics

Nature Genetics

Visit the genetics@nature.com Subject Area Page.

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