Investigations are full-length research articles that present novel findings. There is no minimum or maximum length.
GENETICS' Communications provide a format for expedited publication of particularly significant and timely observations or advances. Communications receive the same rigorous peer review as Investigations, but ensure that authors can share time-sensitive results as quickly as possible.
Authors must submit a pre-submission enquiry that includes an abstract and a cover letter that explains why the findings are particularly significant and timely. Email the enquiry to either firstname.lastname@example.org or directly to an Editorial Board member (with a CC to email@example.com). An editor will respond to the enquiry within 72 hours.
If the editors invite submission of your Communication, we recommend the manuscript text not exceed 2500 words, (excluding abstract, tables, and figure legends). You may format it either with or without subheadings. Limit figures and tables to the minimum number necessary to describe the observation or advance. Describe the Materials and Methods in a separate section at the end of the manuscript. Please contact the editorial office if you have questions.
GENETICS welcomes manuscripts that describe genetic or analytic methods or resources that are likely to have broad impact. They can be full length research articles or Communications. The method or resource needs to be novel, or be a significant advance in an existing method or resource. It should be of considerable interest to a wide range of geneticists or of extraordinary interest to a smaller group of geneticists. The method, resource or technology should enable experiments that will allow investigators to address significant biological questions and should be described well enough so others can implement the method. The necessary reagents or resources need to be available upon request.
Articles for the Perspectives section of the journal are by invitation only. Proposals for Perspectives articles are welcome, and should be directed to the Perspectives section Editor, Adam S. Wilkins.
Reviews are by invitation only, managed by Reviews Editors Michael Turrelli and Jasper Rine. All Reviews are peer reviewed. Page charges are waived. If you are interested in writing a review, please contact the Reviews Editors or one of the Senior Editors.
GENETICS now features Primer articles (see "The Other Life of Articles") as their education articles. The Editors no longer consider original research articles on education for publication in the journal. Authors are encouraged to submit such articles for publication in the journal LSE-CBE. The section's Associate Editor, Beth De Stasio, welcomes inquiries concerning potential submissions: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Letters to the Editor dealing with research and theory in basic genetics or with social issues of particular interest to geneticists are welcomed. Constructive comments on the subjects of articles from recent issues of GENETICS are appropriate as well as thought provoking commentary about issues of concern to geneticists. Figures, complex tables, and complex mathematical formulas should be avoided. The Editorial Board will choose to publish letters it considers most pertinent to the interests of the readers. Letters to the Editor should be submitted electronically.
Corrigenda correct mistakes and omissions in published manuscripts. They should be as brief as possible, and describe no new methods or results.
Papers that overlap in the use of primary data or share authors and consider a similar topic from a different angle are welcome to be submitted as companion papers for concurrent publication. Papers by different authors concerning the same topic may also be submitted as companions. Companion manuscripts should be submitted within two weeks of each other, and the cover letter should clearly indicate which papers are being submitted as companions. Failure to indicate which papers are companions may cause a delay in their consideration, as the editors seek to understand the relationships between papers sharing data or authors. Each companion paper should have a cover letter clearly explaining its unique and novel contributions, as well as the importance of the group of papers. Papers intended to be a companion of a paper(s) submitted for publication in another journal require full disclosure upon submission. Responsibility for adhering to publication policies in consortium groups is the sole responsibility of the authors of the paper.
Resubmission of manuscripts for which the decision was "reconsider pending revision" is permitted a single time (unless arranged otherwise with the Associate Editor). Authors are expected to use the reviewer's comments to revise manuscripts before submitting them anew, and should provide a detailed point-by-point response to reviewers. Manuscripts without a detailed response may be returned to the authors without review. When resubmitting a manuscript authors should fully disclose its history. Manuscripts that have been rejected can be resubmitted only with the permission of the Associate Editor.