The journal GENETICS, published by The Genetics Society of America, publishes high quality, original research presenting novel findings on a range of topics bearing on inheritance. These topics include population and evolutionary genetics, complex traits, developmental and behavioral genetics, cellular genetics, gene expression, genome integrity and transmission, and genome and systems biology. The journal also publishes Review, Commentary (current issues or interest to geneticists), and Perspective (historical) articles, as well as articles focused on the teaching of genetics.
GENETICS is a peer-edited journal—all editorial decisions are made by the authors–peers–with a tradition of rigorous peer-review. Full documentation of the data presented and compelling evidence for the conclusions drawn is required.
Please assess how well the manuscript meets our criteria for publication (listed below). We'd like your opinion of the importance of the questions the manuscript addresses and how significant you judge the advance in the field the authors are reporting.
If you think the manuscript has major deficiencies, please provide a clear description of the specific problem(s) in a way that will benefit the authors. If you identify "make-or-break" issues for publication please make them clear in your review.
In your comments for the authors, please do not indicate whether you think the manuscript should be accepted or rejected; please provide that recommendation only in your confidential comments to the Associate Editor.
Please also include in your review any suggestions on the manuscript’s writing, structure, exposition, scientific accuracy, scholarship, length, and suggestions for ways to improve the paper. (If the exposition is poor there is no need to edit the entire manuscript, but please cite one or two specific examples.)
Most manuscripts are revised before being accepted for publication. To shorten the review process and decrease the burden on reviewers, many revised manuscripts will not be sent back to reviewers. If you feel it's important that you see a revised version, please indicate that in your comments to the Associate Editor.
- the study is of general interest to a wide range of genetics and genomics investigators or of extraordinary interest to specialists;
- the results presented provide strong support for the conclusions reached;
- the conclusions provide new insights into a biological process,
- the study demonstrates novel and creative approaches to an important biological problem,
- the manuscript describes development of new resources, methods, technologies or tools of interest to a wide range of geneticists.
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