Why Publish in the GSA Journals?
Fast Decisions, Fast Access
Tired of reformatting manuscripts? We welcome initial submissions in any format and impose no limits on length, figures, or supplemental information. Plus, we answer pre-submission inquiries within days, and can even fast-track handling in some circumstances.
Time to first decision? About a month. Initial call on whether to send for review takes just days.
Within days of initial manuscript submission, we will let you know whether the manuscript will be sent for review. For reviewed manuscripts, the editors strive to reach a decision in less than 30 days. For revised papers, more than 90% are accepted without an additional round of reviews.
Average time from submission to acceptance is less than 8 weeks.
High-Quality Review & Peer Editors
Ever struggled with an unclear decision letter or reviews that don’t give you a clue about where to start your revision? Our journals are known for providing insightful and helpful reviews.
At least two editors consult on every decision.
Your manuscripts will be handled by practicing scientists like you, who understand from experience what it takes to tell a significant story, to create a useful method or resource, or to extract meaning from large datasets. Rather than simply tally reviewer ‘votes,’ your editor synthesizes the reviews into a single, clear decision letter that offers guidance and explains rationales for all decisions, helping to improve your paper’s impact.
Consolidated, clear feedback from your editor. Decision letter parses reviews to offer specific guidance for revisions.
Sister Journals, One-Touch Transfer
If you submit a manuscript to GENETICS that reports high-quality and useful findings—but lacks the broad appeal, significance, or novelty of a published GENETICS article—you may be offered a transfer to G3. This seamless process either guarantees review at G3, or G3 editors will use the GENETICS reviews to offer a decision within days.
Within days, manuscripts are published Early Online, indexed in PubMed, and available to colleagues. You may be selected for highlights in GENETICS, cover art, press releases, promotion on blogs, social media, and other outreach. We enhance discovery and use of your research, which in turn increases its impact.
Our journals are run by and for scientists under the aegis of the Genetics Society of America. GSA represents us, advocates for us, convenes us, publicizes us, provides educational resources, and fosters our work.
GENETICS and G3 have long been committed to integrating with community resources. We recently partnered with Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories to enable seamless deposits of manuscripts from GENETICS and G3 submission systems straight into bioRxiv, and have for years supported arXiv deposits. Articles feature links to model organism databases like SGD, FlyBase, and WormBase. In 2015, we’re providing custom templates for authors who use LaTex, saving them time at submission.
Access to Data
Our data policy, instituted in 2009, requires that all primary data and source code associated with the manuscript’s findings must be publicly available, either as supplemental information or in a public repository like Dryad, FigShare, and GenBank. Besides providing everything needed for replication, this policy allows your research to have the greatest possible impact, and to ensure that your findings will be used for years to come.
Not sure if your work is a good fit for our journals? We welcome pre-submission inquiries!