Which journal to publish in?

Here are some guidelines that might help in deciding which journal to publish in, and what to look out for.

1. High impact factor

Check out this post for an awesome summary: http://massgenomics.org/2013/01/high-impact-journals-genetics-and-genomics.html. These are the charts from that post that are most useful to us:

Top general or medical journals:

Journal ISSN Impact Factor 5-Year Avg. Articles Influence
NEW ENGL J MED 0028-4793 53.30 50.08 349 21.30
LANCET 0140-6736 38.28 33.80 276 13.61
NATURE 0028-0836 36.28 36.24 841 20.37
CELL 0092-8674 32.40 34.77 338 20.55
SCIENCE 0036-8075 31.20 32.45 871 17.53
JAMA 0098-7484 30.03 29.68 220 13.11
NAT MED 1078-8956 22.46 26.42 187 12.16
PLOS MED 1549-1277 16.27 15.38 126 6.30
J CLIN INVEST 0021-9738 13.07 15.43 402 6.95
PNAS USA 0027-8424 9.68 10.47 3614 4.90
BMC MED 1741-7015 6.04 5.77 114 2.11
PLOS ONE 1932-6203 4.09 4.54 13781 1.80

Top genetics and genomics journals:

Journal ISSN Impact Factor 5-Year Avg. Articles Influence
NAT REV GENET 1471-0056 38.08 31.36 71 16.96
NAT GENET 1061-4036 35.53 33.10 196 17.58
GENOME RES 1088-9051 13.61 12.49 208 7.16
GENE DEV 0890-9369 11.66 12.79 236 8.02
PLOS BIOL 1545-7885 11.45 13.63 180 7.84
AM J HUM GENET 0002-9297 10.60 11.72 162 5.87
TRENDS GENET 0168-9525 10.06 8.99 60 4.48
GENOME BIOL 1474-7596 9.04 7.90 151 4.13
PLOS GENET 1553-7390 8.69 9.17 548 5.11
CUR OPIN GEN DEV 0959-437X 8.09 8.04 105 4.38
SCI TRANSL MED 1946-6234 7.80 7.81 216 4.11
HUM MOL GENET 0964-6906 7.64 7.51 463 3.16
MOL THER 1525-0016 6.87 6.28 230 2.02
MUTAT RES-REV 1383-5742 6.46 7.92 21 2.42
J MED GENET 0022-2593 6.37 5.67 131 2.28
BMC BIOL 1741-7007 5.75 5.84 48 2.78
HUM MUTAT 1059-7794 5.69 5.85 200 2.35
MOL BIOL EVOL 0737-4038 5.55 9.86 297 3.84
DNA RES 1340-2838 5.16 5.28 42 2.06
EVOLUTION 0014-3820 5.15 5.61 285 2.43
HUM GENET 0340-6717 5.07 4.18 137 1.61

Top technology and informatics journals:

Journal ISSN Impact Factor 5-Year Avg. Articles Influence
NAT BIOTECHNOL 1087-0156 23.27 28.16 84 12.95
NAT METHODS 1548-7091 19.28 20.45 128 11.15
BIOINFORMATICS 1367-4803 5.47 6.05 707 2.61
PLOS COMPUT BIOL 1553-734X 5.22 5.84 407 2.72
BRIEF BIOINFORM 1467-5463 5.20 7.75 65 2.86
BMC BIOINFORMAT 1471-2105 2.75 3.49 557 1.32
BMC BIOTECHNOL 1472-6750 2.35 3.08 126 0.92

 2. Do you have what the journal is looking for?

I like to browse through current online issues and make sure they publish the type of article you have. It’s essential to run your choices by a colleague. For example, I was planning to publish about a correlation between certain types of variants and psychiatric disease. I was considering the following journals, but after hearing the comments, I had to cross them out:

  • J Biol Chem – I’d need to do molecular follow-up of my findings
  • Mol Psychiatry – need strong evidence of causality, e.g. same variant found in multiple families
  • Am J of Medical Gen – would need to be more focused on case reports

In the end, we went with PLOS ONE, for which my manuscript is a much better fit.

Do you have any additional suggestions for determining where to publish? Post in the comments!

 

About alizrrao

I attended UCLA and majored in Computational and Systems Biology with a specialization in Bioinformatics. I chose the field because it was the perfect way to merge my love for biology, and my other passion: programming. Currently, I am a Bioinformatics Ph.D. candidate at UCLA in Stan Nelson's lab. Our lab sequences the exomes of individuals with rare genetic diseases or complex disorders, in hopes that we can identify the genetic mutations responsible for causing disease. In my research, I collaborate with clinicians and try to identify variants that may contribute to complex diseases such as bipolar disorder and autism. In addition, I look for patterns in the variation found in normal, healthy individuals. Knowing what normal variation looks like will help us determine which variants to filter out when looking for disease-causing variants. Outside the lab, I spend much of my time doing DIY projects around the house or going outdoors, jogging, hiking, or backacking. I dabble in various genres of dance, and love to travel all over the world. I hope that by contributing to Talking Genomes, I can be of help to those trying to enter the field of bioinformatics. It’s such a new and rapidly growing field, that I meet many who have heard of it want to learn more, but have no idea where to start. Here, I hope I can offer some insight to those readers, as well as share interesting experiences from the life of a Bioinformatics Ph.D. student.

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