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  • Best Paper Award 2022 has been awareded to Kawada et al. "Analysis of nucleotide insertion opposite urea and translesion synthesis across urea by DNA polymerases.​​​​​​"
  • [For JEMS members] New process to request APC discount.  Members are no longer requested to submit institution code to request APC discount during manuscript submission. Please see below 'Information for Authors' section for further information.
  • Updated Aims & Scope: to enhance the quality of Genes and Environment and its contents, the Journal has updated and revised its Aims and Scope.  

[Featured Article]

Formation of the mutagenic DNA lesion 1,N2-ethenoguanine induced by heated cooking oil and identification of causative agents

Hiroshi Kasai & Kazuaki Kawai

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Epidemiological studies have consistently shown that diet plays a significant role in developing human cancer. Notably, the consumption of fried food has been associated with an increased risk of various cancers. Information about the carcinogens and DNA-damaging agents in fried foods remains limited, except for acrolein and acrylamide, both being classified as Group 2A (i.e., probable human carcinogens) by the International Agency for Research on Cancer.
This study sought to identify the cancer-causing agents by extensively investigating guanine modifications induced by heated cooking oil as a model for DNA damage.

Read this article Volume 45, Article number: 27 (2023) 

[Featured Article]: Best Paper Award 2022

Analysis of nucleotide insertion opposite urea and translesion synthesis across urea by DNA polymerases

Taishu Kawada, Katsuhito Kino, Kyousuke Tokorodani, Ryuto Anabuki, Masayuki Morikawa, Takanobu Kobayashi, Kazuaki Ohara, Takayuki Ohshima & Hiroshi Miyazawa 

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In this article, authors describe their studies of nucleotide incorporations and translesion synthesis in relation to Ua with DNA polymerases α, δ, ε, η, ζ and Dpo4. Also, authors confirmed nucleotide incorporation and extension in relation to Ua using Kf exo− and DNA polymerase β.

Read this article: Volume 44, Article number: 7 (2022)

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About the Editor

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Masami Yamada studied bacterial genetics and got a PhD degree from Osaka University. Since 1990, using genetic engineering techniques, she has constructed many strains from standard tester strains for the Ames test at the National Institute of Health Sciences, Tokyo. Such strains are useful for research fields on environmental mutagens.
Strain requests come to her every year from domestic, Asia, Europe, North America, South America, and other countries. Currently, she teaches Biology and Genetic Engineering at National Defense Academy of Japan.

Information for authors

APC Discount for JEMS members
Members of Japanese Environmental Mutagen and Genome Society(JEMS)  are entitled to receive discount on Article Processing Charge

Free APC for researchers in Asia
We now offer a full APC waiver to the submissions from the countries where Asian Association of the Environmental Mutagen Societies (AAEMS)–partnering societies are located (excluding Japan). Those countries are Australia, China, India, Iran, South Korea, Philippines and Thailand.

To request APC discount (new process as from March 2023)
Authors are no longer requested to submit membership code during submission.
Please take following step to receive APC discount.
1) After manuscript submission, corresponding author informs EIC ( of the manuscript number and membership number. 
2) When the manuscript was accepted for publication, author receives URL and asked to complete post-acceptance process
3) During post-acceptance process author requests APC discount by requsting 'Shared Support' on journal partner page.
4) EIC approves the request and discount is granted. 
5) Author pays discounted APC. 

*those authors who were offered full APC coverage by the editor (for invited/solicited papers), should select 'Prepay for invited papers' to receive full coverage. 

see also
-Changes in Submission Process (in Japanese)
-Post acceptance workflow process (Author Journey)


Aims and scope

Genes and Environment is an open-access, peer-reviewed journal that aims to accelerate communications among global scientists working in the fields of genes and environment. The journal welcomes papers dealing with those topics that are relevant to the environment, such as mutagenesis and carcinogenesis, genomics and epigenetics, molecular epidemiology and genetic toxicology, and regulatory sciences.

About JEMS
The mission of the Japanese Environmental Mutagen and Genome Society (JEMS) is to discover how environmental mutagens affect all organisms, and to promote and apply this knowledge to protect human health and our environment. JEMS was founded in 1972, and since then the society has hosted annual conferences and open symposia on timely topics. The society is a member of the Asian Association of the Environmental Mutagen Societies and the International Association of Environmental Mutagenesis and Genomics Societies.

Acknowledgement and information

-Publication of Genes and Environment is partly supported by the Japan Society of Promotion of Science Grant-in-Aid for Publication of Scientific Research Results, aka KAKENHI. (Grant Number 17HP2002).

-Genes and Environment archive of papers published before 2015 are available at:

Genes and Environment is an official journal of The Japanese Environmental Mutagen and Genome Society (JEMS).

2022 Citation Impact
1.7 - 2-year Impact Factor
1.9 - 5-year Impact Factor
0.563 - SNIP (Source Normalized Impact per Paper)
0.537 - SJR (SCImago Journal Rank)

2022 Speed
11 days submission to first editorial decision for all manuscripts (Median)
94 days submission to accept (Median)

2022 Usage 
578 Altmetric mentions