Spotlight on Genes

Our spotlight series has so far covered some of the most popular MDPI journals. This month, we’re shining a spotlight on Genes. This well-known journal was established in 2010 and covers a broad and interesting topic.

Genes are the very basis of our being, determining how we walk, talk, and function. Importantly, with so many different aspects, genes have become a source of deep scientific fascination for many.

Genes is leading the way as one of our standout journals. Let’s take a look at how it’s developed over the years, and how you too can become a published Genes author.

Genes: a brief history

The journal published its very first issue in 2010. Ever since its foundation, the Editor-in-Chief has been Prof. Dr. J. Peter W. Young. Notably, it’s always been published monthly.

In 2015, the journal received its very first Impact Factor, and in 2017, its first CiteScore.

In 2020, the 1st International Electronic Conference on Genes (IECGE) was held. Genes gave out Several Best Paper and Best Poster Awards to authors. The conference is a great opportunity to share ideas on the latest genetic research.

Section Editors-in-Chief

The journal has invited many academics to act as Section Editors-in-Chief.

  • In 2016, Genes appointed Prof. Dr. Montserrat Corominas Section Editor-in-Chief of the section Technologies and Resources for Genetics. She left in 2021.
  • The same year, the journal brought on Dr. Paolo Cinelli as Section Editor-in-Chief of Molecular Genetics. As well as this, Prof. Dr. Thierry Wirth, Prof. Dr. Selvarangan Ponnazhagan, and Prof. Dr. Roel Ophoff joined as Section Editors-in-Chief of Microbial Genetics and Genomics, Human Genomics and Genetic Diseases, and Human Genomics and Genetic Diseases, respectively.
  • In 2017, we welcomed Prof. Dr. Roberto Tuberosa as Section Editor-in-Chief of Plant Genetics and Genomics.
  • Furthermore, in 2018, Prof. Dr. Nico M. van Straalen took charge of the section Population and Evolutionary Genetics and Genomics.
  • A year later, in 2019, Dr. Elaine Ostrander started covering Animal Genetics and Genomics, and stayed on until 2022.

Some words on Genes

Prof. Young, Editor-in-Chief of Genes, said, “genes are central to our understanding of biology.”

“Modern advances such as genomics and genome editing have maintained genetics as a vibrant, diverse and fastmoving field.”

Furthermore, genetic research is only gaining momentum and becoming more exciting. Let’s take a closer look at how you can participate in the publication of this innovative journal.

Want to learn more?

Genes is a journal like no other. It provides an excellent publishing outlet for innovative genetic research. Basically, there’s so much more to know about the journal.

You can find out more by taking a look at the Genes journal webpage, or contacting the Genes Editorial Office. The team is always ready to answer questions and queries from authors and potential authors alike.

Thinking of submitting your manuscript to Genes?

You should submit your manuscript online at The submitting author is generally the corresponding author and is responsible for the manuscript during the submission and peer-review process. To submit your manuscript, register and log in to the submission website. Once you have registered, click here to go to the submission form for Genes. All co-authors can see the manuscript details in the submission system. To do so, they must register and log in using the e-mail address provided during manuscript submission.

Successes and what’s next

Genes has a ranking in Q2 of JCR and CiteScore. Since 2017, the Impact Factor has increased steadily. Moreover, there are now around 2000 citations and citable items.

In addition, the journal is partnered with Spanish Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (SEBBM) and the Spanish Society for Nitrogen Fixation (SEFIN).

The journal continues to go strong year after year. To sum up, in the future, it’s sure to become an increasingly important part of publishing genetic research.

Originally published by Bianca Sylvester on 30th August 2017. It has been significantly rewritten and updated.