Genomics & Computational Biology (ISSN 2365-7154) is a peer-reviewed and open-access on-line scientific publication based at the faculty of Biology of the Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany.
Genomics and Computational Biology serves the scientific community as a platform for the maximum dissemination of articles aiming to understand all aspects of genome biology and using computational methods to achieve this. We aim to cover the wide range of computer-based tools and methods which are currently being used to advance the field of genome biology. In order to ensure quality, articles pass through a rigorous peer-review.
Topics within the scope of Genomics and Computational Biology include but are not limited to:
The journal aims to bring together the knowledge and expertise of biologists and computational scientists or theorists. In order to bridge the gap between these communities, we encourage the submission of articles written for a broad audience or for another community. Computational scientists or theorists may take this opportunity to explain to biologists key concepts in their fields, and biologists may highlight essential aspects and remaining challenges in genome biology.
It is journal policy to publish scientifically sound articles providing a significant contribution to the field and to put less emphasis on interest levels. Thus, editorial decision regarding acceptance of articles will be based on the paper quality only, as assessed by the reviewers.
Genomics and Computational Biology is committed to supporting research from young scientists and from scientists based in low-income countries.
Research Articles present research works using computational biology methods to gain new insight into genome biology. They provide a novel and original contribution to the field. Paper acceptance depends more on scientific quality than on general interest levels.
Reviews provide an accurate and balanced overview of the "state of the art" and future developments on topics related to the use of bioinformatic/computational tools in genome biology. Review articles should be important for researchers in the field and could also target researchers from other areas.
Resources articles describe new software, databases or on-line tools performing tasks related to the field and useful to the scientific community. Authors should provide concrete examples making use of the tool for a specific task and comparing its performance with respect to previous related tools. Resources should be freely available, maintained at least 2 years after publication, and provide example datasets and enough methodological details such as algorithms used or dependencies with commercial platforms.
Analytical Workflows articles describe in depth the steps, methods and tools required to solve a complex analytical problem. The article should provide a conceptual description, enough methodological details to understand and reproduce the workflow, critical decision points, etc. A real example with a freely available dataset should be provided to aid users. Software or programs used within the implementation of the Analytical Workflow should be freely available when possible. Articles targeting an audience of non-specialists are welcome.
Short Communications are articles limited to 2500 words and could be written as Research Articles, Resources or Analytical Workflows.
Genomics and Computational Biology applies a peer-review process in order to ensure the quality of the published material. Upon submission, articles are assigned to a member of our editorial board who then assigns the article to a minimum of two qualified peer-reviewers. Upon receipt of the assessments made by the peer reviewers, the editor takes the responsibility of accepting, rejecting or asking for a revised version of the manuscript. Article evaluation by peer reviewers is based on the following criteria:
This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. Upon submission of an article, its authors are asked to indicate their agreement to abide by an open access Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY 4.0) license. Under these terms, the authors own the copyright of their work. Additionally, authors allow anyone to copy, distribute, reuse and modify their work for any purpose, given that the source and original authors are acknowledged. No permission from the authors or the publishers is required. Click here to read the human readable summary or the full license legal code.
Special Issues are collections of full-length scientific articles covering complementary aspects of a scientific topic. The aim is to allow groups of researchers with common interests to work together and show their work to the scientific community in order to achieve maximum visibility.
How can I create a Special Issue?
Special issues can be created with different degrees of involvement from your side. There are 2 options: (1) you act as “full editor” and coordinate the scientific content, communication with authors and peer review process; (2) you frame the scientific content and invite authors while the staff of Genomics and Computational Biology handles further communications with authors and the peer review process.
You will need to send a proposal to the Editor-in-chief (Fontaine@GenomicsComputBiol.org) with the following information:
Upon proposal acceptance, articles will be submitted in accordance to the author guidelines and journal policies. The cover letter of each article should indicate that the article belongs to a Special Issue and include its title. All articles published in Special Issues will be treated as regular papers in the journal regarding open access and peer review policies, indexing, on-line archiving and distribution.
The peer-review process will be organized in accordance with the journal’s guidelines. In any case, the Editor-in-Chief of Genomics and Computational Biology retains the right to ask for modifications or to reject articles that do not fulfil the standards of the journal.
Article processing charges are negotiable and will depend on the services provided by the journal.
Article publication in the journal requires that authors agree with making freely available all raw data and readily reproducible materials requested by other scientists wishing to use them for non-commercial purposes. We strongly encourage authors to make the data available through on-line repositories when appropriate.
For studies involving human subjects, data handling must ensure the anonymity of the participants. If limitations on data sharing apply to the human data, authors must provide instructions regarding the process required for other investigators to access the data.
Genomics and Computational Biology ascribes to the authorship guidelines defined by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors. Thus, authors must fulfil all the following criteria:
All authors, reviewers and editors must declare potential conflicts of interest. These arise when authors, reviewers, or editors have interests that are not fully apparent and that may influence their judgements on what is published. Examples of conflict of interest include but are not limited to:
Articles submitted to Genomics and Computational Biology must not be under consideration for publication in other journals. Additionally, submitted articles must be an original work. Copying or slightly modifying text, ideas, figures or data from other sources, including the reuse of text from previous publications or publications in a different language, is considered plagiarism and is not allowed.
Self-plagiarism: The re-use of complete or minimally modified sections from previous own publications is considered self-plagiarism and is not allowed except in articles clearly identified as extended version of previous ones (with permission from copyright holders). Extended versions must be a substantially expanded version.
If a manuscript (or part of it) was previously published, this information must be disclosed in the “comments to the editor” (cover letter) upon article submission to GCB. Authors should also reference or acknowledge prior papers within the submitted journal article.
Manuscripts posted on a preprint or an institutional repository are not considered as previously published and can be considered for peer review.
Any suspected case of duplicate publication or plagiarism may lead to paper rejection and the journal editor may consider taking further actions.
Studies using vertebrates or higher invertebrates (molluscs and arthropods) must be performed according to the relevant national and institutional guidelines. A statement indicating the name of the relevant institutional committee which approved the study protocol must be included in the methods section. Authors are encouraged to follow the ARRIVE guidelines (Animal Research: Reporting of In Vivo Experiments) for all studies reporting animal data.
All human studies must have been conducted under the principles of the Declaration of Helsinki and must indicate in the methods section that the study was approved by the corresponding institutional review board. A statement indicating that all subjects or their legal guardians signed an informed consent form must also be included.
Photographs allowing the identification of human subjects will not be published in the journal, unless strictly necessary. In this case a signed informed consent form stating that subjects understand that their identity will be made public must be sent to the editorial office.
Under the GCB open access model all published articles are freely available and the journal costs are covered by the article processing charges (APCs) payed by authors. Article processing charges are applied only to accepted articles before publication.
Standard Article Processing Charge in 2017: 800.00 (EUR)
Waiver Policy: GCB has a small budget for waiving publication charges under the following circumstances:
The reduced fees are not cumulative and in any case the maximum discount is 50%.
For questions regarding any conflict arising during the publication process, including queries regarding appeal against editorial decision, manuscript status and publication fees, please send an email to support@GenomicsComputBiol.org.
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