Focus and Scope

The journal Ecological genetics is an  international multi-disciplinary journal which accepts for consideration original manuscripts that clarify all aspects of interactions between genetic and ecological processes on any types of organisms and on all levels of living system organization, from molecular to ecosystem.

The editorial board accepts manuscripts that reflect the results of field and experimental studies, and fundamental research of broad conceptual and/or comparative context.

We welcome the publication of materials that:

  • make a significant contribution to the development of general biological theory and methodology of ecological and genetic research;
  • contribute to a better understanding of genetic mechanisms of the regulation of intra– and inter–species interactions of organisms, as well as ‘organism–environment’ interactions;
  • contribute to a better understanding of modern issues in general biology.

Publications of the journal would be of interest to a wide range of specialists in the fields of ecology, genetics, biochemistry, general biology, evolutionary theory, as well as for physicians and teachers and students of various biological and medical profiles.

 

Section Policies

1. Genetic fundamentals of ecosystems evolution

  • Cell symbiogenetics
  • Population symbiogenetics
  • Ecological and genetic adaptation mechanisms
  • Transgenic organisms in ecosystems
  • Behavioural genetics

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2. Genetic toxicology

  • Mechanisms of mutagenesis and carcinogenesis
  • Genetically active environmental factors
  • Genetic test systems

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3. Human ecological genetics

  • Ecological and genetic factors of ageing and longevity
  • Ecological and genetic health factors
  • Ecological and genetic factors of human evolution
  • Ecological and genetic consequences of introduction and biological pollution

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4. Systems biology in ecological genetics

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5. Genetic education

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6. History, personalities, information, critical reviews

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Peer Review Process

All manuscripts submitted to the journal "Ecological Genetics" are subject to double blind (reviewers do not have information about authors, authors do not have information about reviewers) peer review process.

  1. Reviewers are Editors and members of Editorial Board, as well as leading experts in the corresponding field. The decision on the choice of reviewer is made by Editor–in–Chief, Deputy Editor–in–Chief, or Executive Secretary of the Editorial Board. The review period if four weeks, but it may be extended at the request of the reviewer.
  2. Any reviewer may withdraw from reviewing the manuscript in the case of apparent conflict of interest that may impact perception and interpretation of the presented material. After consideration of the manuscript reviewer makes one of the following recommendations (reviewer must give reasons for the recommendation):
    - to accept a manuscript for publication in its present form;
    - to accept a manuscript for publication after making corrections suggested by the reviewer;
    - to reject the manuscript;
    - to submit the manuscript to a journal with another profile.
  3. The Editorial Board sends the review text to the Author. In case there are recommendations on the revision of the manuscript, the Editorial Board suggests to take these recommendations into account when preparing a new version of the manuscript. If the Author disagrees with any of the reviewer’s recommendations, it is necessary to clearly substantiate the reason for refusal to make the recommended corrections (additions). The work on the revised version of the article should not take more than 2 months from the date the electronic notification of the need to make changes was sent to the Author. Revised version of the manuscript will be reviewed again.
  4. In case the Author refuses to revise the manuscript it is necessary to notify in writing the Editorial Board about withdrawal of the manuscript from publication. If the Author does not return the revised version of the manuscript at the end of 3 months period from the day of review, the Editorial Board will remove the manuscript from the register, even in the absence of information from the Author about refusal to make changes. In such case a notice of removal of the manuscript from the register due to expiration of the period of time allotted for making revisions will be sent to the Author.
  5. We are confident that along with the revised version of the manuscript you will send a separate file with your answers to the reviewers. In the absence of such file we will suspend further processing of the manuscript. The Author will receive a pertinent notification.
  6. The Editorial Board allows a manuscript to go through no more than three cycles of review. If after two revisions either reviewer, or members Editorial Board still have substantial unfavorable remarks, the Editorial Board rejects the manuscript and removes it from the register. In this case, the Author will receive a notification.
  7. If the Author and a reviewer do have unsolvable contradictions regarding the manuscript, the Editorial Board has the right to submit the manuscript for an additional review.
  8. The decision to deny the publication of the manuscript is made during the Editorial Board meeting, according to the recommendations of the reviewers.
  9. The Author will be notified by e-mail about refusal to publish, with attached reviews and reasons for rejection.
  10. The manuscript rejected during the Editorial Board meeting will not be accepted for re–examination.
  11. The fact of positive reviews is not a sufficient reason for publication of the manuscript. The final decision is made by the Editorial Board. In case of disagreement, the final decision is made by the Editor–in–Chief.
  12. Upon the Editorial Board decision to accept the manuscript for publication, the Author is notified about this decision and publication dates.
  13. Originals of the reviews are kept in the archive of the Journal for no less than 5 years.
  14. Reviews of manuscripts are not published in the public domain and are used only as internal documents by editorial staff and for communications with the Author. The copies of the reviews may be provided to the HCB upon official request.

 

Publication Frequency

Ecological genetics is a quarterly publication. Additional publications, such as conference proceedings,  special issues, and supplemental issues are possible. 

Circulation: 500 copies.

 

Open Access Policy

The publications in the Journal are available to all interested from the moment of publication. It provides free public access to the results of research and contributes to the advancement of science and medicine.

 

Reasons to publish in Ecological genetics

  • All approved manuscripts, including papers by graduate and doctoral students, are published free of charge.
  • All papers are reviewed by qualified reviewers within 1 to 2 months.
  • The Journal aims to meet all the standards of the international scientific biological media.
  • Ecological genetics has a 10-year history of scientific academic publishing. During this time the Journal’s Science Index increased from 0.06 to 0.63 and its place in the ‘Biology’ section has risen from 64th to 38th.
  • The Journal is included in the list of approved publication of the Higher Certification Board (HCB).
  • Since 2016 the journal is included in Russian Science Citation Index, which allows the users of Web of Science promptly find your publication.
  • The best publications are translated and published in Russian Journal of Genetics: Applied Research indexed in Scopus (ISSN: 2079-0597 (Print) 2079-0600 (Online)).
  • The Journal is published both in print and in electronic form, and is available online as an Open Access journal.
  • Electronic submission of manuscripts facilitates interaction between the authors and the editorial staff.
  • The Journal is published in Russian and in English.
  • Upon publication of the paper in Russian, the English language versions of tables and figures are published on official website of the Journal in the section ‘Additional Resources’.

 

Indexing

The “Ecological genetics” Journal is included into the “List of leading scientific journals under review, where principal data of applicants for scientific degree has to be published”, as decreed by State Commission for Academic Degrees and Titles and revised in 2015.

The journal is indexed in the following international databases and directory editions:

  • SCIENCE INDEX - Russian Science Citation Index is a database, accumulating information on papers by Russian scientists, published in native and foreign titles. The SCIENCE INDEX project is under development since 2005 by “Electronic Scientific Library” foundation (elibrary.ru).
  • VINITY
  • Google Scholar
  • Ulrich's Periodical Directory
  • WorldCat
  • Cyberleninka

 

Editorial Board policy

When considering the manuscript for publication, the Editorial Board uses the following documents as guidelines:

Once a year the editorial board shall revise, and update as necessary, the Guidelines for Authors and the Headings of the Journal.

Authors of manuscripts that do not meet the Journal requirements will receive a short e–mail notification of non–compliance.

We expect that that the re–submitted manuscript will fully comply with all requirements of the Journal. Otherwise the manuscript will be rejected without consideration.

In case manuscript is presented according to all requirements, the editorial board makes decision on how well the manuscript corresponds to the field of interests of the Journal.

We would like to draw attention to the fact that authors’ signatures on the cover letter mean that all authors did read the manuscript carefully and are responsible for its contents.

The editorial board makes a strong appeal to the authors not to use automatic translators for writing a summary in English. If you are not confident in your fluency in English we recommend you contact a professional translator.

Accepted manuscripts will be sent to reviewers. Publication of the paper is possible only in case of positive reviews.

The authors, who believe that the direction of their research corresponds to the profile of the Journal and agree with the Editorial Board Policies should prepare the manuscript in accordance with all ‘Manuscript Requirements’ and submit the manuscript through electronic submission system on the Journal website.

 

Publishing Ethics

Journal ‘Ecological Genetics’ publishes manuscripts that meet international standards of publication ethics in biomedical journals.

The editorial team of the journal follows the recommendations of international associations to provide high level of publicational ethics standarts in its workflow: 

The manuscript will be withdrawn from publication if at any stage of consideration or pre–press preparation the Editorial Board discovers any infringement of publication ethics requirements.

In case an ethics violation is discovered after publication of the paper by our readers, it will be revoked. It will entail a ban on the future publications in the Journal for all authors involved.

Violations of the ethics include, but not limited to:

  • plagiarism;
  • submission of the manuscript to several journals simultaneously;
  • concealment of conflict of interests.

Plagiarism

Plagiarism may take a number of forms, from presenting someone else’s work as author’s own to copying or paraphrasing substantial parts of another author work (without attribution),  to claiming rights to the results of other people's research. Plagiarism of any kind is unethical and unacceptable.

Authors should submit entirely original manuscripts. Mentions of the results of other authors must be accompanied by references to the relevant primary sources (to be included in the bibliography). Citations from the text previously published elsewhere should be styled as direct speech (the text must be enclosed in quotation marks and be in italics) with the obligatory indication of the source. The inclusion of large fragments of the borrowed text in a manuscript is unacceptable.

The contribution of other persons to the study should be acknowledged. Authors should refer to the publications that were important for execution of their research. The information obtained informally (e.g., in private conversation, correspondence, or during discussion with third parties) should not be used or represented without the express written consent from the original source. The information obtained from confidential sources (e.g., information about research grant), should not be mentioned in the manuscript without explicit written permission from the author of the manuscript, who has a direct relation to the relevant confidential sources. The detection of plagiarism is carried out during peer review, and also after the publication of manuscripts, in instances when readers make relevant statements. If there is established instance of plagiarism of research results or concept, the manuscript shall be withdrawn and denied publication, even if it was already published. Formal notice will be posted on the Journal website.

The journal is using "ANTIPLAGIAT" (free edition) software for plagiarism detection in all Russian-language manuscripts. The Google and Google Scholar is used for English-language manuscripts plagiarism search. Papers will be rejected from any stage of the publication process (even if the article were published already) if plagiarism will be fined.

Submission of the manuscript to several journals simultaneously or submission of already published work under a different title

Discovery of the fact that the same manuscript was submitted to more than one journal will be regarded as violation of publication ethics. The manuscript will be rejected.

In some cases, simultaneous (repeated) publication of certain types of papers (e.g., translated papers) is possible under a number of conditions. Upon submission of a manuscript for a repeated publication, the authors must notify the editorial board about it, and provide detailed explanation why such publication is desirable. In the case of repeated publication, all issues related to copyright are solved on the case–by–case basis. Following are general rules for repeated publication:

  • full reference to the primary publication shall be provided;
  • the original bibliography of the primary publication shall be preserved.

More information about acceptable forms of repeated publications can be found at http://www.icmje.org.

 

Conflict of interest

All authors must disclose (declare in the appropriate section of the manuscript) financial, or other apparent or potential  conflicts of interest that may be perceived as having possible influence on results or conclusions presented in the manuscript.

Examples of potential conflicts of interest that should be disclosed:

  • acceptance of (additional) financial compensation for participation in the study or for writing a manuscript;
  • any connection (contract work, consulting, stock ownership, acceptance of honoraria or royalties, providing expert opinions) to organizations or companies that have interest in the subject of research or review.
  • patent application or registration of a patent based on the results of research (copyright, etc.);
  • acceptance of financial support at any stage of the research or writing of the manuscript (including grants and other financial support).

Information about conflict of interest provided by authors will be available only to the members of editorial board during the process of decision making on the publication of manuscript. Information about conflict of interest will be published as a part of the full text of the paper.

 

 

Authorship

Only persons who made a significant contribution to the development of the concept, design, execution, and/or interpretation of the results of the presented research, as well as the process of writing the manuscript (including scientific and stylistic editing and layout according to the Journal requirements) may be authors (the Author henceforth) of the publication.

The Author should ensure that:

  • all participants who made significant contribution to the presented research are listed as co–authors;
  • those, who did not participate in the research are not listed as co–authors;
  • all co–authors have seen and approved the final version of the manuscript and agree to submit it for publication (verified by signatures of all c0–authors on the cover letter).

Acknowledgement of Sources

Proper acknowledgment of the work of others must always be given. Authors should cite publications that have been influential in determining the nature of the reported work. Information obtained privately, as in conversation, correspondence, or discussion with third parties, must not be used or reported without explicit, written permission from the source. Information obtained in the course of confidential services, such as refereeing manuscripts or grant applications, must not be used without the explicit written permission of the author of the work involved in these services.

Reporting standarts

Authors of reports of original research should present an accurate account of the work performed as well as an objective discussion of its significance. Underlying data should be represented accurately in the paper. A paper should contain sufficient detail and references to permit others to replicate the work. Fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behavior and are unacceptable. Review and professional publication articles should also be accurate and objective, and editorial opinion works should be clearly identified as such.

Access to the raw data and their storage

The Editorial Board reserves the right to request authors to provide raw (non–processed) research data, including for the assessment by reviewers and editors.  The Author should be ready to provide such information to the editorial staff (according to ALPSP-STM Statement on Data and Databases), as well as arrange the storage of the data.

Significant errors in publications

In the event the Author discovers significant error or inaccuracy in publication, the Author must notify the Editorial Board or the Publisher about it and cooperate with Editorial Board to arrange the earliest withdrawal of the publication or correction of errors. If the Editorial Board or Publisher receive justifiable information that there are errors in the publication from the third party, it is the obligation of the Author to withdraw the manuscript, or to correct the errors as soon as possible, or protest the claim by providing the necessary evidence to the editors.

Hazards and Human or Animal Subjects

If the work involves chemicals, procedures or equipment that have any unusual hazards inherent in their use, the author must clearly identify these in the manuscript. If the work involves the use of animal or human subjects, the author should ensure that the manuscript contains a statement that all procedures were performed in compliance with relevant laws and institutional guidelines and that the appropriate institutional committee(s) have approved them. Authors should include a statement in the manuscript that informed consent was obtained for experimentation with human subjects. The privacy rights of human subjects must always be observed.

In case of manuscripts with original study data from live objects (humans, animals) the editorial team will follow the recommendations of international associations for publication ethics in biomedical journals:

  •  
    International Commettee of Medical Journal Editors
  • The WORLD ASSOCIATION OF MEDICAL EDITORS
    The WORLD ASSOCIATION OF MEDICAL EDITORS

Statement of Human and Animal Rights

When reporting experiments on human subjects, authors should indicate whether the procedures followed were in accordance with the ethical standards of the responsible committee on human experimentation (institutional and national) and with the Helsinki Declaration of 1975, as revised in 2000 and 2008. If doubt exists whether the research was conducted in accordance with the Helsinki Declaration, the authors must explain the rationale for their approach, and demonstrate that the institutional review body explicitly approved the doubtful aspects of the study.

When reporting experiments on animals, authors should be asked to indicate whether the institutional and national guide for the care and use of laboratory animals was followed.

 

Publication Fee

Publication in "Ecological genetics" journal is free for all authors.

The "Ecological genetics" journal charge no publication fees for authors - including those of peer-review management, manuscript processing, journal production, Open-Access, online hosting and archiving.