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All submissions to the journal are initially reviewed by one of the Associate Editors. Manuscripts may be declined without peer review at this stage if it is felt that they are not of high enough priority or not relevant to the journal. Otherwise manuscripts are sent out for peer review, usually to two independent reviewers. Based on the feedback from these reviewers and the AE’s judgment a decision is given on the manuscript. The average time from submission to first decision is 6 weeks. If a paper is not acceptable in its present form, we will pass on suggestions for revisions to the author.

To be accepted for publication, a manuscript must make a significant contribution 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 We do not publish human genetic or clinical research.


Authors should observe high standards with respect to publication ethics as set out by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). Falsification or fabrication of data, plagiarism, including duplicate publication of the authors’ own work without proper citation, and misappropriation of the work are all unacceptable. Any cases of ethical misconduct will be treated seriously and will be dealt with in accordance with the COPE guidelines.


All authors should have made a substantial contribution to the work, and have read and approved the submitted and final versions. Anyone who made major contributions to the study should be listed as an author (“ghost writing” is prohibited by the Journal). Other individuals who made less substantive contributions to the study or the writing of the manuscript can be listed in the acknowledgement section. Change in authorship (including author order) after initial manuscript submission must be approved by all authors.


By submitting your manuscript it is understood that it is an original manuscript and is unpublished work and is not under consideration elsewhere. Plagiarism, including duplicate publication of the author’s own work, in whole or in part without proper citation is not tolerated. Submitted manuscripts may be checked for originality using anti-plagiarism software.

Conflicts of interest

Each author should reveal any financial interests or connections, direct or indirect, or other situations that might raise the question of bias in the work reported or the conclusions, implications, or opinions stated – including pertinent commercial or other sources of funding for the individual author(s) or for the associated department(s) or organization(s), personal relationships, or direct academic competition. When considering whether you should declare a conflicting interest or connection please consider this test: Is there any arrangement that would embarrass you or any of your co-authors if it was to emerge after publication and you had not declared it?

Self Archiving

Prior to acceptance for publication in the journal, authors retain the right to make their original version of the article available on their own personal website and/or that of their employer and/or in free public servers of original version articles in their subject area, provided that, upon acceptance, they acknowledge that the article has been accepted for publication as follows: “This article has been accepted for publication in Journal of Heredity, published by Oxford University Press.”


The public archiving of all primary data is a requirement of publication in Journal of Heredity (Baker 2013) .

The primary data underlying the conclusions of an article are critical to the verifiability and transparency of the scientific enterprise, and should be preserved in usable form for decades in the future. For this reason, Journal of Heredity has adopted the Joint Data Archiving Policy (JDAP). The public archiving of all primary data is a requirement of publication in Journal of Heredity . For data other than nucleotide and protein sequences submitted to GenBank, suitable archives include Dryad, TreeBASE or the Knowledge Network for Biocomplexity . For accepted articles, Journal of Heredity covers the cost to archive the data in Dryad.

Authors may elect to have the data publicly available at time of publication, or may opt to embargo access to the data for a period up to a year after publication. Exceptions may be granted at the discretion of the editor, especially for sensitive information, such as the location of endangered species.

In adopting the JDAP, the AGA also recognizes the investment of individual researchers in generating and curating large datasets, and the right of ‘first use’ by the data providers. Consequently, we recommend that the investment of data providers be respected in secondary analyses or meta-analyses in a gracious collaborative spirit.


Journal of Heredity supports ORCID in creating unique identifiers for researchers. We believe that major advances in digital technology will come from linked open data and that linking the correct scientist with the correct output is part of that process. We strongly encourage authors to register for ORCID, and provide us with their identifier so that we can link to it. You can sign up through ScholarOne during submission, or at ORCID.org . Visit here for more information.


It is a condition of publication that authors assign exclusive copyright to the AGA. In assigning copyright, authors may use their own material in other publications, provided that the Journal is acknowledged as the original place of publication, and both the editor and Oxford University Press are notified in writing and in advance.

Upon receipt of accepted manuscripts at Oxford Journals, authors will be invited to complete an online copyright license to publish form.

Please note that by submitting an article for publication you confirm that you are the corresponding/submitting author and that Oxford University Press ("OUP") may retain your email address for the purpose of communicating with you about the article. You agree to notify OUP immediately if your details change. If your article is accepted for publication OUP will contact you using the email address you have used in the registration process. Please note that OUP does not retain copies of rejected articles.

Work submitted for publication must be original, previously unpublished, and not under consideration for publication elsewhere. If previously published figures, tables or parts of text are to be included, the copyright-holder’s permission must have been obtained prior to submission.


OUP will place the PDF of your accepted paper on Advance Access with the label “Accepted Manuscript.” After copyediting and typesetting, you’ll be given the chance to view your paper one final time before publication. Once you approve the typeset version, OUP will then replace the “Accepted Manuscript” label with the “Corrected Proof” label.


Journal of Heredity authors have the option, at an additional charge, to make their paper freely available online immediately upon publication, under the Oxford Open initiative . After the manuscript is accepted, as part of the mandatory copyright form required of all corresponding authors, authors will be asked to indicate whether or not they wish to pay to have the paper made freely available immediately. If the Open Access option is not selected, the paper will be published with standard subscription-based access and the author will incur no charges in addition to any page charges and color charges that might apply.

Oxford Open articles are published under Creative Commons licenses.

RCUK/Wellcome Trust funded authors can use the Creative Commons Attribution license (CC BY) for their articles.

All other authors may use the following Creative Commons licenses:
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You can pay Open Access charges using our Author Services site. This will enable you to pay online with a credit/debit card, or request an invoice by email or post. The applicable open access charges vary according to which Creative Commons license you select. The open access charges are as follows.

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Orders from the UK will be subject to the current UK VAT charge. For orders from the rest of the European Union, OUP will assume that the service is provided for business purposes. Please provide a VAT number for yourself or your institution, and ensure you account for your own local VAT correctly.


In order to reproduce any third party material, including tables, figures, or images, in an article authors must obtain permission from the copyright holder and comply with any requirements the copyright holder may have pertaining to this reuse. When seeking to reproduce any kind of third party material authors should request the following:
• non-exclusive rights to reproduce the material in the specified article and journal;
• electronic rights, preferably for use in any form or medium;
• the right to use the material for the life of the work; and
• world-wide English-language rights.
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