Renewing GENETICS

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DOI: 10.1534/genetics.109.107839




                                                        Editorial
                                                      Renewing GENETICS


G     enetics is evolving. About a year ago, the Editorial
       Board was reorganized, following the 2006 re-
design of the look and presentation of the journal. The
                                                                   Each manuscript submitted to Genetics receives
                                                                significant attention from the editors. Triage is per-
                                                                formed by eight Senior Editors who determine, in
editors and staff have since made great strides in              collaboration with at least one other editor, whether
modernizing Genetics, and we wish to share those                the manuscript fits the scope of the journal and is
advances with you—our readers and authors.                      potentially worthy of publication. Each manuscript that
   We render decisions faster than ever: the average time       warrants review is assigned to an Associate Editor who
from submission to first decision on new manuscript              manages the review and judges whether the manuscript
submissions is approximately 35 days. We work hard to           is acceptable or potentially acceptable for publication.
move papers quickly through review without sacrificing           All decisions of the Associate Editors are made in
the thoughtful, thorough, high-quality reviews for              consultation with a Senior Editor. Based on one year
which our journal is known. And we are striving to re-          of experience with this editorial process, we are confi-
duce further the time to first decision; our goal is fewer       dent that it serves authors, readers, and the journal well
than 30 days (close to the theoretical minimum).                (although we are sure there is room for improvement).
   We have redoubled our efforts to identify those                 We have expanded the scope of Genetics. We seek
submissions that fall outside the journal’s scope or that       to publish interesting and significant findings in all
are judged unlikely to fare well in peer review. Such           areas of genetics, but we have been making a special
manuscripts are quickly returned to authors (typically          effort to attract papers in genome and systems biology,
within days of submission), so as not to delay their re-        mammalian genetics, including cancer genetics, genetics
vision or consideration by another journal. Such action         of disease, epigenetics, and prokaryotic genetics. And
also focuses our reviewers’ attention on manuscripts            because science is fueled by new methods and techniques,
most likely to be worthy of 
				
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Description: We seek to publish interesting and significant findings in all areas of genetics, but we have been making a special effort to attract papers in genome and systems biology, mammalian genetics, including cancer genetics, genetics of disease, epigenetics, and prokaryotic genetics. [...] because science is fueled by newmethods and techniques, we instituted a ''Methods, Technology and Resources'' section of the journal. [...] we are expanding the journal's ''front matter'' to provide compelling articles that attract readers.
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