Journal Information

Aims and scope 
Gene Therapy covers both the research and clinical applications of novel therapeutic techniques based on a genetic component. Over the last few decades, significant advances in technologies ranging from identifying novel genetic targets that cause disease through to clinical studies, which show therapeutic benefit, have elevated this multidisciplinary field to the forefront of modern medicine.

Gene Therapy covers all aspects of gene therapy as applied to human disease, including:

  • preliminary studies which reveal novel genetic targets or strategies that improve a disease phenotype (Note: studies showing the mechanistic role of genetic elements alone, will be considered if significant therapeutic benefit or novelty is shown)
  • the development of novel techniques for gene therapy research and improvements on established tools
  • preclinical animal model systems and validation studies
  • gene-based vaccine development and applications
  • genetically engineered cellular models that can advance the validation of novel therapeutic targets, and drug discovery especially those using high-throughput applications and 3D modelling
  • cell-based therapies including all aspects of stem cells and genetically modified cellular approaches (especially CRISPR and other gene editing strategies), including biobanking studies
  • clinical trial reports which have significant impact for the field
  • novel genetic biomarkers of disease susceptibility or disease progression with extensive scientific validation
  • Industry sector pipeline profiles or commercial implications of gene therapies
  • Regulatory landscapes and legislative issues pertaining to different global regions

Gene Therapy covers a range of subject areas, to read content across the scope of the journal view the journal's subjects page here.

Our publishing models   

Gene Therapy is a Transformative Journal (TJ). When research is accepted for publication, authors can choose to publish using either the traditional publishing route OR via immediate gold Open Access. 

Gene Therapy is actively committed to becoming a fully Open Access journal. We will increase the number of articles we publish OA, with the eventual goal of becoming a fully Open Access journal. A journal that commits to this process is known as a Transformative Journal. 

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Authors may need to take specific actions to achieve compliance with funder and institutional open access mandates. If your research is supported by a funder that requires immediate open access (e.g. according to Plan S principles) then you should select the gold OA route, and we will direct you to the compliant route where possible. For authors selecting the subscription publication route our standard licensing terms will need to be accepted including our self-archiving policies. Those standard licensing terms will supersede any other terms that the author or any third party may assert apply to any version of the manuscript.

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 2020 peer review performance metrics for Gene Therapy are shown below:

Average time to decision without external review - 13 days
Average time to decision following external review - 54 days
Average time from submission to acceptance - 172 days
Average time from acceptance to publication - 17 days
Article page views - 936,654
Altmetric mentions - 3,027

The 2020 journal metrics for Gene Therapy are as follows:

2-year Impact Factor*: 5.25
5-year Impact Factor*: 4.294
Immediacy index*: 1.596
Eigenfactor® score*: 0.00413
Article influence score*: 1.027
JCR Rank*: 35/175 Genetics & Heredity; 80/298 Biochemistry & Molecular Biology; 32/159 Biotechnology & Applied Microbiology; 45/140 Medicine, Research & Experimental
Journal Citation Score*: 0.96
SNIP: 0.847
SJR: 1.332

*2020 Journal Citation Reports® Science Edition (Clarivate Analytics, 2021)

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Current Contents/Life Sciences
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EBSCO Discovery Service
Google Scholar
Social Science Citation Indes
Summon by ProQuest
EBSCO Academic Search
EBSCO Advanced Placement Source
EBSCO Biomedical Reference Collection


International standard serial number (ISSN) for Gene Therapy: 0969-7128
Electronic international standard serial number (eISSN): 1476-5462.

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