Genome Biology

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Genome Biology  
Abbreviated title (ISO 4)
Genome Biol.
Discipline Genomics
Language English
Edited by Louisa Flintoft
Publication details
Publication history
Frequency Continuous publication
License CC BY 4.0
ISSN 1474-760X (print)
1465-6906 (web)

Genome Biology is a fully open access scientific journal that publishes original, peer-reviewed research in genomics. It is published by BioMed Central (BMC), and is currently the BMC journal with the highest impact factor.[1] The journal has an international editorial board of leading researchers.[2]

The details of this journal's scope and editorial policies are described here.[3] Authors and peer reviewers are asked to disclose competing interests.[4]

The journal is supported in part by advertising.

Impact factor[edit]

The journal has a (2014) impact factor of 10.8 as tracked by Thomson Reuters (ISI).[5]


The journal aims to disseminate, discuss, and provide critical review of research in all areas of biology and biomedicine studied from a genomic and post-genomic perspective. Areas covered include, but are not limited to: sequence analysis; bioinformatics; insights into molecular, cellular and organismal biology; functional genomics; epigenomics; population genomics; proteomics; comparative biology and evolution; systems biology and network biology; genomics of disease; and medical genomics. [6]

Categories of articles in the journal include:

  • Research: These are Peer reviewed research papers
  • Method: These are Peer reviewed papers describing new methods
  • Software: These are Peer reviewed papers describing new software tools
  • Commentary/Editorial: These are comments on scientific, political, and ethical issues relating to genomic research
  • Meeting report: These are summaries of information presented at conferences
  • Reviews and Opinion articles: These are also Peer reviewed

Publication format[edit]

Genome Biology is published online only. There is no physical printed version.[7]

Article accessibility[edit]

Accessibility to each article is free (by open access)

Sources of revenue[edit]

The journal charges a fee (article processing charge (APC); charged to the submitting author/s or institution) for each Research, Method or Software article that is accepted for publication.[8] The latter fee covers the cost of processing and publishing articles [9]


  1. ^ "BMC journal impact factors". Retrieved 2010-09-28. 
  2. ^ "Editorial Board". 
  3. ^ "Aims and scope of Genome Biology". Retrieved 2009-01-25. 
  4. ^ "Information". Retrieved 2009-01-25. 
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