About the Journal

Heredity is the official journal of the Genetics Society  Profits generated from the journal go back to the research community in terms of small grants and support for conferences and workshops. Heredity specifically supports fieldwork grants for genetics-related research; we encourage award recipients to submit resulting publications to Heredity.  
Heredity
also encourages involvement of early career researchers: for 2019 we have initiated an annual prize for the best student paper published in Heredity each year and we encourage joint peer review between junior and senior academics. 

Aims and Scope
The journal 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. We encourage submissions on any study system but there should be a take-home message that focuses on broad general lessons that can be extended beyond single organisms.   

The journal particularly encourages submissions in the following areas

  • population genetics / genomics
  • molecular evolution and phylogenetics
  • functional genomics, transcriptomics, metabolomics and proteomics
  • genome architecture
  • epigenetics
  • ecological genetics
  • evolutionary genetics
  • conservation genetics
  • applied 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. We have recently added a 'computer notes' category, for which we invite submissions describing software packages that would be of interest for genetic analyses.  The journal also encourages submission of reviews, mini-reviews and proposals for special issues on current topics.

Editorial Board
Heredity has a small but diverse team of Associate Editors, whose expertise spans the full range of the journal remit.  We also have a dedicated editorial assistant,  who is funded by the Genetics Society and provides a direct communication link between authors, reviewers and editors.  With this small team, we strive for a personalised approach to the publishing experience, which helps us to provide thorough, constructive and timely peer review.    

Fees
We have recently abolished colour page charges so publishing in Heredity is FREE, unless full Open Access is selected as an option.  

Open Access and Funder Compliance
Heredity offers authors the option to publish open access. Read more about publishing open access in Heredity
For authors who do not choose to publish open access, we offer a free, opt-in Manuscript Deposition Service for original research articles in order to help authors fulfil funder and institutional mandates. Alternatively we encourage authors to submit the author version of their accepted paper (the unedited manuscript) to a repository for public release six months after publication. Read more about our Manuscript Deposition Service and Self Archiving.
Springer Nature also supports submission of manuscripts to preprint servers, prior to submission to Heredity.   

Reaching a Wider Audience
Heredity authors have the option of being featured in the Heredity podcast, which is presented twice per month by James Burgon.  To more widely disseminate their research, Heredity authors also now have the option of writing a blog-type article in the Nature Ecology & Evolution community 'Behind the Paper' channel to accompany their formal paper published in Heredity.

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 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
SNIP: 1.254
SJR: 1.659

*2019 Journal Citation Reports® Science Edition (Clarivate Analytics, 2020)

Frequency
12 issues per year

Abstracted/indexed in:
BIOSIS
Current Contents/Agriculture, Biology & Environmental Sciences
Currrent Contents/Life Sciences
EBSCO Discovery Service
Google Scholar
Medline
PubMedCentral
OCLC
Science Citation Index
Science Citation Index Expanded (SciSearch)
Summon by ProQuest
SCOPUS
Zoological Record
EBSCO Academic Search
EBSCO Advanced Placement Source
EBSCO Biomedical Reference Collection
EBSCO Food Science Source
EBSCO STM Source
EBSCO TOC Premier
EBSCO Biological and Agricultural Index

ISSN and eISSN
International standard serial number (ISSN): 0018-067X
Electronic international standard serial number (eISSN): 1365-2540..

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