Journal Information

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.  
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
  • 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.    

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

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 2021 journal citation metrics for Heredity are as follows:

2-year Impact Factor* (2021): 3.832
5-year Impact Factor* (2021): 4.412
Immediacy index*: 0.696
Eigenfactor® score*: 0.00658
Article influence score*: 1.196
Journal Citation Score*: 0.98

SNIP: 1.156
SJR: 1.441

The 2021 peer review performance metrics for Heredity are shown below:

5 days to first decision for all manuscripts (Median)
Article page views - 547,092

1,768,381 Downloads (in 2021)
3,401 Altmetric mentions (2021)

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

12 issues per year

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

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

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