Aims and scope
Genes and Environment is an open access, peer-reviewed journal that aims to accelerate communications among global scientists working in the field of genes and environment. The journal publishes articles across a broad range of topics including environmental mutagenesis and carcinogenesis, environmental genomics and epigenetics, molecular epidemiology, genetic toxicology and regulatory sciences.
Topics published in the journal include, but are not limited to, mutagenesis and anti-mutagenesis in bacteria; genotoxicity in mammalian somatic cells; genotoxicity in germ cells; replication and repair; DNA damage; metabolic activation and inactivation; water and air pollution; ROS, NO and photoactivation; pharmaceuticals and anticancer agents; radiation; endocrine disrupters; indirect mutagenesis; threshold; new techniques for environmental mutagenesis studies; DNA methylation (enzymatic); structure activity relationship; chemoprevention of cancer; regulatory science. Genetic toxicology including risk evaluation for human health, validation studies on testing methods and subjects of guidelines for regulation of chemicals are also within its scope.
All articles published by Genes and Environment are made freely and permanently accessible online immediately upon publication, without subscription charges or registration barriers. Further information about open access can be found here.
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Open access publishing is not without costs. Genes and Environment therefore levies an article-processing charge of £1565/$2450/€1995 for each article accepted for publication. We routinely waive charges for authors from low-income countries. For other countries, article-processing charge waivers or discounts are granted on a case-by-case basis to authors with insufficient funds. Authors can request a waiver or discount during the submission process. For further details, see our article-processing charge page.
Members of the Japanese Environmental Mutagen Society (JEMS), and authors from countries of which their environmental mutagen society is a member of the Asian Association of the Environmental Mutagen Societies (AAEMS), are entitled to a reduced APC of €450. To receive the discount, corresponding authors must provide the correct membership code upon submission of their manuscript, which can be obtained from this address.
For non-members of the Society, some or all of the publication cost may be covered if the corresponding author's institution participates in our open access membership program (more details available on the membership page).
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Genes and Environment operates a single-blind peer-review system, where the reviewers are aware of the names and affiliations of the authors, but the reviewer reports provided to authors are anonymous.
The benefit of single-blind peer review is that it is the traditional model of peer review that many reviewers are comfortable with, and it facilitates a dispassionate critique of a manuscript.
Manuscripts are initially screened by the Editorial Board and suitable manuscripts are sent to at least two reviewers for consideration. Decisions will be made on the recommendations of the reviewers, but final decisions lie with the Editor-in-Chief.
Genes & Environment considers the following types of article: Research, Short report, Review, Commentary, Letter to the Editor, and Meeting report. For more specific information, please take a look at our Submission Guidelines.
All manuscripts submitted to Genes and Environment should adhere to BioMed Central's editorial policies.
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Citing articles in Genes and Environment
Articles in Genes and Environment should be cited in the same way as articles in a traditional journal. Because articles are not printed, they do not have page numbers; instead, they are given a unique article number.
Article citations follow this format:
Authors: Title. Genes and Environ [year], [volume number]:[article number].
e.g. Roberts LD, Hassall DG, Winegar DA, Haselden JN, Nicholls AW, Griffin JL: Increased hepatic oxidative metabolism distinguishes the action of Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor delta from Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor gamma in the Ob/Ob mouse. Genes and Environ 2009, 1:115.
refers to article 115 from Volume 1 of the journal.
Appeals and complaints
If you wish to appeal a rejection or make a complaint you should, in the first instance, contact the Editor who will provide details of the journal's complaints procedure. For complaints that cannot be resolved with the Editor, the authors should contact the Publisher.
Why publish your article in Genes and Environment
Genes and Environment's open access policy allows maximum visibility of articles published in the journal as they are available to a wide, global audience.
Speed of publication
Genes and Environment offers a fast publication schedule whilst maintaining rigorous peer review; all articles must be submitted online, and peer review is managed fully electronically (articles are distributed in PDF form, which is automatically generated from the submitted files). Articles will be published with their final citation after acceptance, in both fully browsable web form, and as a formatted PDF.
Online publication in Genes and Environment gives you the opportunity to publish large datasets, large numbers of color illustrations and moving pictures, to display data in a form that can be read directly by other software packages so as to allow readers to manipulate the data for themselves, and to create all relevant links (for example, to PubMed, to sequence and other databases, and to other articles).
Promotion and press coverage
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