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About the journal

Genome Biology and Evolution (GBE) publishes leading original research at the interface between evolutionary biology and genomics. Papers considered for publication report novel evolutionary findings that concern natural genome diversity, population genomics, the structure, function, organisation and expression of genomes, comparative genomics, proteomics, and environmental genomic interactions. Major evolutionary insights from the fields of computational biology, structural biology, developmental biology, and cell biology are also considered, as are theoretical advances in the field of genome evolution. GBE’s scope embraces genome-wide evolutionary investigations at all taxonomic levels and for all forms of life — within populations or across domains. Its aims are to further the understanding of genomes in their evolutionary context and further the understanding of evolution from a genome-wide perspective.

GBE is owned by the Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution (SMBE). Motivated by the continued growth of the field, SMBE conducted a grass-roots survey in 2007 to investigate the needs of the field regarding new publication outlets. The survey elicited a resounding response from members of SMBE and other scientists in the fields of genomics and molecular evolution. The key findings from that survey were that the field wanted an on-line only journal that was devoted specifically to the areas of genome evolution and comparative genomics and that was published under an Open Access model. The response of SMBE was to launch GBE in order to serve those needs of the field. The SMBE meeting attracts about 800 participants each year. As a reflection of the rapid growth of genomic technologies, about half of the science presented at each SMBE meeting is about genomics. With the help of the evolutionary expertise that is gathered in SMBE, GBE is positioned and designed to set the highest standards for papers in the growing field of evolutionary genomics.

Abstracting and Indexing

GBE is covered by the following services:

Biochemistry & Biophysics Citation Index®
Biological Abstracts
Biotechnology Citation Index®
CAB Abstracts
Chemical Abstracts
Current Contents® /Agriculture, Biology, and Environmental Sciences
Current Contents® /Life Sciences
Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
Elsevier BIOBASE - Current Awareness in Biological Sciences (CABS)
Science Citation Index Expanded (SciSearch®)
The Standard Periodical Directory
Zoological Record

Year Impact Factor Si: Evolutionary Biology Si: Genetics & Heredity
2015 4.098 10 out of 45 33 out of 165
2014 4.229 9 out of 46 37 out of 167
2013 4.532 11 out of 46 33 out of 164
2012 4.759 10 out of 47 27 out of 161
2011 4.618 11 out of 45 26 out of 157
2010 2.674 23 out of 45 74 out of 156

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