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 encourages involvement of early career researchers: we have 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
- 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.
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.
We have recently abolished colour page charges so publishing in Heredity is FREE, unless full Open Access is selected as an option.
Our publishing models
Heredity 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.
Heredity 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.
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.
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.
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 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 2020 journal citation metrics for Heredity are as follows:
2-year Impact Factor*: 3.821
5-year Impact Factor*: 4.553
Immediacy index*: 1.062
Eigenfactor® score*: 0.0083
Article influence score*: 1.39
JCR Rank*: ECOLOGY 43/166; GENETICS & HEREDITY 73/175
Journal Citation Score*: 0.98
*2020 Journal Citation Reports® Science Edition (Clarivate Analytics, 2021)
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