A submitted manuscript is assigned to the Senior Editor of the appropriate subject section. The Senior Editor assigns it to an Associate Editor who manages and adjudicates its review. The Editors will return manuscripts that are judged to be outside the scope of the journal. Manuscripts can be returned without review for reasons that include:
- Grammar and style that is not of the quality expected in a published article;
- The topic or scope of the work is not within the scope of the journal;
- The presentation of the findings is not directed to the readership of the journal;
- The methods or approaches are judged to be flawed.
At least two Editorial Board members collaborate in determining whether a manuscript will be returned without review. Manuscripts returned without review may be resubmitted to GENETICS after suitable revision. Manuscripts sent for review are examined by one or more reviewers selected for their expertise in the subject matter of the article. Reviewers will remain anonymous (unless they choose to reveal themselves). The Associate Editor makes one of the following decisions on the manuscript:
- Accept pending minor revision
- Reconsider upon revision
The average time from submission until decision is currently 35 days.
GENETICS welcomes presubmission inquiries, which consist of an abstract of the manuscript and a cover letter, e-mailed to [email protected] or to an Editorial Board member (with a CC to [email protected]). Please indicate which section your manuscript would belong in so that the appropriate Editorial Board member can be consulted.
- Methods, Technology, & Resources
- Statistical Genetics and Genomics
- Genome Integrity and Transmission
- Gene Expression
- Cellular Genetics
- Developmental and Behavioral Genetics
- Population and Evolutionary Genetics
- Genetics of Complex Traits
- Genome and Systems Biology
Authors should state in the cover letter their reasons for excluding editors or reviewers.
Questions or concerns regarding manuscripts should be sent to the editorial office at [email protected]. You may also contact the Associate Editor directly.
GENETICS and Theoretical Population Biology (TPB) have developed a partnership to save time and effort for authors and reviewers and streamline the publication process. Manuscripts submitted to GENETICS that focus on theoretical topics in genetics and are judged meritorious but not in the scope of the journal can be forwarded to TPB together with the reviews of the manuscript (provided the reviewers agree). Authors will be notified of the possibility of transfer to TPB in the decision letter, with instructions for transferring the manuscript. TPB editors will make an independent decision on the suitability of the manuscript for publication in their journal.