Communication with the Media/Journal Press Release Policy/Communication Between Scientists/Preprints

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Communication with the Media/Journal Press Release Policy

Material submitted must not be discussed with the media. We reserve the right to halt the consideration or publication of a paper if this condition is broken. If a paper is particularly newsworthy, Springer Nature may send a press release to our list of journalists in advance of publication with an embargo that forbids any coverage of the manuscript, or the findings of the manuscript, until the time and date clearly stated, which will coincide with when the paper is publishing online. Authors whose papers are scheduled for publication may also arrange their own publicity (for instance, through their institution’s press offices), but they must strictly adhere to the online publication press embargo and are advised to coordinate their own publicity with Springer Nature’s press office.

Authors are also strongly encouraged to inform the editorial office at Genetics in Medicine of impending press releases to facilitate communication between the editorial office, authors and institutes involved in the publication of the article. For these purposes, we will hold publication of the article for up to seven days to allow coordination of press-related activities. In addition, the journal and the college require the press release to include the statement that the article is published in “Genetics in Medicine, the official journal of the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ACMG)”.

Any media interviews about ACMG documents such as ACMG Statements and Guidelines must be coordinated by the ACMG Senior Director of Communications and Public Relations, Kathy Moran, MBA
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Communication Between Scientists

Genetics in Medicine does not wish to hinder communication between scientists. You are free to communicate with other researchers as much as you wish, whether by discussion at scientific meetings or by online collaborative sites such as wikis, but we do not encourage premature publication by discussion with the press (beyond a formal presentation, if at a conference).

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Author Tips on How to Promote Your Work

Genetics in Medicine promotes all of our published content through various media outlets including the journal’s social media channels on Facebook and Twitter. The journal also encourages authors to promote their own published research and recommends our publisher’s author tips on how to promote your work. Back to top of page


A preprint is a version of a scholarly or scientific paper that precedes formal peer review and publication in a peer-reviewed scholarly or scientific journal. GIM allows contributions being prepared for, or submitted to Genetics in Medicine, to be posted on recognized preprint servers (such as bioRxiv or medRxiv), and on collaborative websites such as wikis or the author’s blog. However, any version of a manuscript that has been altered as a result of the peer review process may not be deposited. Preprint information must be disclosed at the time of submission, or during the review process if this is when preprints are deposited. This allows editors to compare the version being deposited to that of the peer reviewed article. The content of the paper must not be advertised to the media by virtue of being on the website or preprint server. Back to top of page

Last Updated: May 2020