# Instructions to Authors

New Policy for Rapid Online Publication – Journal of Heredity now publishes accepted manuscripts and corrected proofs on its advance access page. See the section below on 'Advance Access Publication' for more information.

## SCOPE OF THE JOURNAL OF HEREDITY

The Journal features primary research on organismal genetics in the following subject areas:

• Genomics and gene mapping
• Conservation genetics and biodiversity
• Population structure and phylogeography
• Bioinformatics and computational genetics
• Reproductive strategies and kinship analysis
• Quantitative genetics and Mendelian inheritance
• Molecular systematics and phylogenetics
• Gene action, regulation and transmission

To be accepted for publication, a manuscript must make a significant contribution to one or more of these subject areas and be of general interest to the members of the American Genetic Association. We discourage papers that are primarily descriptive and are relevant only to the taxon being studied. Primer notes are given low priority unless they are of particular interest or novelty. We do not publish human genetic or clinical research.

## ARTICLE TYPES

Original Articles: Reports on important original research relevant to the scope of Journal of Heredity. There is no page limit, but published articles of 10 pages or fewer are free of page charges for all authors. A 10-page article is about 7500 total words, plus 6-8 tables and figures combined.

Brief Communications: Short communications on current research, important preliminary findings or new techniques. Brief Communications are narrower in scope than articles, but must still be novel, important and of general interest. We recommend that they do not exceed 5000 words and contain no more than 4 tables and figures combined.

Computer Notes: Short communications on new computer programs and applications.

Letters: Journal of Heredity encourages open debate on the interpretation of results published in the journal and welcomes Letters to the Editor briefly summarizing observations and concerns. Our editorial procedure is to forward such letters to the authors and allow them the final right to reply. If they accept and reply in a timely fashion (usually within 2 weeks), we publish the Letter and Response together online and in print in the next issue. A Letter to the Editor is not intended as a primary research article, and should not exceed 2500 words.

Reviews, Perspectives and Symposium articles are usually by invitation. Authors interested in providing a review or perspective should contact the editor.

## STREAMLINED SUBMISSION

Journal of Heredity has a streamlined process designed to avoid unnecessary work. Please submit your manuscript to the journal’s online submission system. Instructions on how to use the online system can be found here . To contact the editorial office, please email agajoh@oregonstate.edu.

Manuscripts can be submitted in any common document format that can be easily opened and read by others. A single PDF file is usually reliable. A basic formatting guide is given below.

## BASIC FORMATTING GUIDE

When formatting your submission it is helpful to ask: Would I enjoy reading and reviewing a manuscript formatted in this way? Some reviewers find it easier to assess manuscripts that use double line spacing.

### Title page

The title page should contain the title of the article; all authors' complete first and last name(s) and affiliation(s) with complete addresses; e-mail addresses; and a running title. The title should concisely state the subject of the paper and the organism to which it relates, including common name , in no more than 75 characters. A subtitle can be used when greater length is unavoidable.

### Abstract

An abstract is required. Abstracts consist of one paragraph of no more than 250 words that is complete without reference to the text. Include total sample sizes and the important effect sizes found in your analyses. Do not use acronyms and complex abbreviations, or refer to literature, figures, and tables. Below the abstract, provide 3-6 keywords or short phrases that will assist in cross-indexing your article. Do not include words from the Title as keywords.

### Text

The text should be readable, clear, and concise. Unfamiliar or new terms, as well as abbreviations, acronyms, and symbols, should be defined at first mention. Do not use italics for emphasis. Do not use footnotes; include descriptive material parenthetically in the text. All tables and figures must be referred to in the text.

### Data Availability

Example:
Data Availability
We have deposited the primary data underlying these analyses as follows:
- Sampling locations, morphological data and microsatellite genotypes: Dryad
- DNA sequences: Genbank accessions F234391-F234402; NCBI SRA: SRX0110215
- Final DNA sequence assembly uploaded as online Supplementary Material

### Tables and Figure

Tables and figures can be placed wherever the authors think is best, but should be large enough to be readable.
Define all symbols and abbreviations used in legends and captions. Legends and captions must be ‘stand alone’ – interpretable without reference to the manuscript text. Footnotes can be added to tables if needed. Try to avoid overcrowding in tables and unnecessary clutter in figures.

## POST-PRODUCTION CORRECTIONS

No correction to a paper already published will be carried out without an erratum or corrigendum (as applicable), this applies to papers on Advance Access and published within an issue. This means that any change carried out to a paper already published online will have a corresponding erratum or corrigendum published with its own separate DOI. Whether on Advance Access or in an issue, if an erratum or corrigendum is published, the online version of the original paper will also be corrected online and the correction notice will mention this. Corrections will only be made if the publication record is seriously affected by the academic accuracy of published information.

Authors' corrections to Supplementary Data are made only in exceptional circumstances (for example major errors that compromise the conclusion of the study). Because the Supplementary Data is part of the original paper and hence the published record, the information cannot be updated if new data have become available or interpretations have changed.

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