PLOS Genetics

Genetics and genomics research has grown at a bewildering pace in the past 15 years. The techniques of these fields are being applied to a wealth of biological questions and experimental systems. PLOS Genetics reflects the full breadth and interdisciplinary nature of this research by publishing outstanding original contributions in all areas of biology.

PLOS Genetics publishes human studies, as well as research on model organisms—from mice and flies, to plants and bacteria. Our emphasis is on studies of broad interest that provide significant insight into biological process or processes.

Topics include (but are not limited to) gene discovery and function, population genetics, genome projects, comparative and functional genomics, medical genetics, disease biology, evolution, gene expression, complex traits, chromosome biology, and epigenetics.


Criteria for Publication
To be considered for publication in PLOS Genetics, any given manuscript must satisfy the following criteria:

  • Originality
  • High importance to researchers in the field
  • Broad interest to researchers in genetics and genomics
  • Rigorous methodology
  • Substantial evidence for its conclusions

For manuscripts that focus on descriptive genomics, the PLOS Genetics editors are generally most enthusiastic about those that also include innovative theoretical treatment or follow-up experimentation that reveals novel and significant biological insight. For work in which disruption of gene function in model organisms plays an important role, compelling evidence of causality and specificity is required, generally supported by mutational analysis. Experiments based on alternative approaches, e.g., morpholinos, F0 gene editing, siRNA, or shRNA, are generally not sufficient unless accompanied by rigorous and thorough justification.

For manuscripts considered as part of our Methods section, the PLOS Genetics editors are most enthusiastic about methods that represent a new way of approaching a biological or biomedical question, or a substantive advance over existing approaches, and that are likely to be adopted broadly by the genetics community. We encourage methods that are computational (“dry bench”) and/or experimental (“wet bench”), and we require that the resources (source code, cell lines, model organisms) required for the method be made publicly available consistent with PLOS’ policy on Materials and Software Sharing,


Open Access
PLOS applies the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license to works we publish. Under this license, authors agree to make articles legally available for reuse, without permission or fees, for virtually any purpose. Anyone may copy, distribute, or reuse these articles, as long as the author and original source are properly cited. Learn more.


Journal Impact and Article Metrics
PLOS does not consider the Impact Factor to be a reliable or useful metric to assess the performance of individual articles. PLOS supports DORA – the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment – and does not promote our journal Impact Factors. We will provide the metric to individuals when specifically requested.


PLOS Genetics Abstracting and indexing

  • Biological Abstracts
  • BIOSIS Previews
  • CAB Abstracts
  • Chemical Abstracts Service
  • Current Contents/Life Sciences
  • EBSCO databases
  • Embase
  • Index Medicus/MEDLINE/PubMed
  • Science Citation Index
  • Scopus
  • The Zoological Record


PLOS Genetics Publication Fee
Research Article $2,575

PLOS Genetics impact factor 2019
5.175 (2019)

PLOS Genetics impact factor 2018
5.224 (2018)


PLOS Genetics Editorial Board

  • Gregory S. Barsh
  • Gregory P. Copenhaver
  • David J. Kwiatkowski
  • Peter McKinnon
  • Wendy A. Bickmore
  • John M. Greally
  • Kirsten Bomblies
  • Bret Payseur
  • David Balding
  • Chengqi Yi
  • Hua Tang
  • Scott M. Williams
  • Claudia Köhler
  • Li-Jia Qu
  • Josep Casadesús
  • Lotte Søgaard-Andersen
  • Jonathan Flint
  • Elizabeth M. C. Fisher
  • Petra Anne Levin
  • Christine Queitsch
  • Thomas Shafee
  • A. Aziz Aboobaker
  • Devin Absher
  • Julie Ahringer
  • Joshua M. Akey
  • Kaveh Ashrafi
  • Karen B. Avraham
  • Marisa S. Bartolomei
  • Adam Bass
  • David R. Beier
  • Marnie Blewitt
  • Melanie Blokesch
  • Giovanni Bosco
  • Jürgen Brosius
  • Carmen Buchrieser
  • Alex Buerkle
  • Geraldine Butler
  • Ken M. Cadigan
  • Jackson Champer
  • Andrew D. Chisholm
  • Bruce E. Clurman
  • Gitta Coaker
  • Paula Cohen
  • Mónica P. Colaiácovo
  • Maralice Conacci-Sorrell
  • Frank Conlon
  • Gregory M. Cooper
  • Heather J. Cordell
  • Chris Cotsapas
  • Gregory A. Cox

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PLOS Genetics Details

Journal Name PLOS Genetics
Journal Abbreviation PLOS Genetics Abbreviation
Journal Print 1553-7390 (15537390)
Journal Online 1553-7404 (15537404)
Impact Factor PLOS Genetics Impact Factor
CiteScore PLOS Genetics CiteScore
Acceptance Rate PLOS Genetics Acceptance Rate
SCImago Journal Rank PLOS Genetics SJR (SCImago Journal Rank)
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