Genetic Epidemiology

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Edited By: Sanjay Shete

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Online ISSN: 1098-2272

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Editorial Policy: Manuscripts will be considered for publication on the condition that they are original and submitted solely to Genetic Epidemiology; submission of a manuscript is understood to imply the acceptance of this condition. Genetic Epidemiology is a peer-reviewed journal for discussion of research on the genetic causes of the distribution of human traits in families and populations. Emphasis is placed on the relative contribution of genetic and environmental factors to human disease as revealed by genetic, epidemiological, and biologic investigations. Incorporation of underlying biology and population genetics into conceptual models is favored. The Journal seeks original articles comprising either applied research or innovative statistical, computational, or genomic methodologies that advance studies in genetic epidemiology. Other types of reports are encouraged, such as letters to the editor, topic reviews, and perspectives from other fields of research that will likely enrich the field of genetic epidemiology. Suitable manuscripts will be judged by at least two reviewers before a decision is made on their acceptance. Review criteria include the scientific importance of the research topic; scientific innovation and quality - including design, measurement, and analysis methods; and clarity and conciseness of presentation. When submitting manuscripts, authors may suggest reviewers. Reprints may be purchased at

Manuscripts should be submitted online at . Editorial correspondence should be sent to the Editor-in-Chief: Sanjay Shete, PhD, Genetic Epidemiology , The University of Texas, M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, Department of Epidemiology, P.O. Box 301439, Houston, TX 77230-1439 USA. Tel: (713) 745-2483; Fax: (713) 792-8261; Email:


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Conflict of Interest Disclosure
Genetic Epidemiology requires that all authors disclose any potential sources of conflict of interest. Any interest or relationship, financial or otherwise, that might be perceived as influencing an author’s objectivity is considered a potential source of conflict of interest. These must be disclosed when directly relevant or indirectly related to the work that the authors describe in their manuscript. Potential sources of conflict of interest include but are not limited to patent or stock ownership, membership of a company board of directors, membership of an advisory board or committee for a company, and consultancy for or receipt of speaker’s fees from a company. The existence of a conflict of interest does not preclude publication in this journal.

If the authors have no conflict of interest to declare, they must also state this at submission.

It is the responsibility of the corresponding author to review this policy with all authors and to collectively list in the cover letter to the Editor-in-Chief, in the manuscript (under the Acknowledgments section), and in the online submission system ALL pertinent commercial and other relationships.

Journal Sections: In addition to Original Articles, the journal publishes Review Articles, Letters to the Editor, Brief Communications, Book and Software Reviews, and Announcements.

Preparation of Manuscripts: All manuscripts must be typewritten double-spaced throughout, including references, tables, and footnotes, on 8.5 x 11 inch (21.5 x 28 cm) paper with one-inch (2.5 cm) top, bottom, left and right margins. Original articles should be no longer than 25 double-spaced typewritten pages (including figures, tables, and references). Longer articles may be acceptable, but should be justified in the cover letter to the editor. All pages should be numbered sequentially, beginning with the title page, and arranged in the following order:

Title Page: The title page carries a concise title, the names of the authors, identification of each author's specific affiliation, a running title of no more than 48 characters, and the name, complete address, and telephone number of the contact person assuming responsibility for all correspondence and questions relating to the article.

Abstract Page: The abstract (page 2 of the manuscript) should be a succinct condensation of the contents of the article, give actual results, conclusions, and implications, and not exceed 250 words.

Key Words: The key words should reflect the central topic of the article, without repeating terms used in the title. They should be typed on the page carrying the abstract.

Text: Articles should be clear and concise. In addition to standard dictionaries, use the Council of Biology Editors Style Manual, Sixth Edition, 1994, available from: Council of Biology Editors, Inc., 11 South La Salle Street, Chicago, Illinois 60603-1210, U.S.A. Where applicable, the text should follow the format: Introduction, Materials, Methods and Results (may run together consecutively), and Discussion. The use of subheads, equations, and paragraph titles is encouraged. The last element of text before the references is Acknowledgments.

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References should be cited chronologically by author and year of publication in the text and enclosed in square brackets (for example, [Robinson et al., 1993]). References should appear in alphabetical order in the bibliography without numbering. Abbreviations of journal names should conform to the style of Index Medicus. The following guides are advocated for reference styles:

Robinson WP, Barbara J, Rich SS, Thomson G. 1993. Homozygous parent affected sib pair method for detecting disease predisposing variants: Application to insulin dependent diabetes mellitus. Genet Epidemiol 10:273-88.

Rothwell NV. 1993. Understanding genetics - a molecular approach. New York: Wiley-Liss.

Pyeritz RE. 1993. The Marfan syndrome. In: Royce PM, Steinmann B, editors. Connective tissue and its heritable disorders - molecular, genetic, and medical aspects. New York: Wiley-Liss. p 437-68.

Legends: The legends for figures should be assembled and typed (double spaced) on a sheet of paper separate from the text at the end of the manuscript. Explain abbreviations that appear on the figure. If the figure presents labeling alphabetics (a, b, c), the legend should be typed to reflect the exact presentation of those alphabetics. Table heads should be typed on the tables and not provided as separate table legends.

Illustrations: All color figures will be reproduced in full color in the online edition of the journal at no cost to authors. Authors are requested to pay the cost of reproducing color figures in print. Authors are encouraged to submit color illustrations that highlight the text and convey essential scientific information. For best reproduction, bright, clear colors should be used. Dark colors against a dark background do not reproduce well; please place your color images against a white background wherever possible. Please contact the production editor (Sean Yaftali) for further information.

Tables: Each table must have a title and should be numbered with a Roman numeral in its order of appearance in the text.

Software and format . Microsoft Word .doc or .docx files are preferred, although manuscripts prepared with any other microcomputer word processor, including TeX and LaTex, are acceptable. Refrain from complex formatting; the Publisher will style your manuscript according to the Journal design specifications. Do not use desktop publishing software such as Aldus PageMaker or Quark XPress. If you prepared your manuscript with one of these programs, export the text to a word processing format. Please make sure your word processing program's "fast save" feature is turned off. Please do not deliver files that contain hidden text: for example, do not use your word processor's automated features to create footnotes or reference lists.

File names . Submit the text and tables of each manuscript as a single file. Name each file with your last name (up to eight letters). Text files should be given the three-letter extension that identifies the file format. Macintosh users should maintain the MS-DOS "eight dot three" file-naming convention.

All print reproduction requires files for full color images to be in a CMYK color space. If possible, ICC or ColorSync profiles of your output device should accompany all digital image submissions.

Software and format . All illustration files should be in TIFF or EPS (with preview) formats. Do not submit native application formats.

Resolution . Journal quality reproduction will require greyscale and color files at resolutions yielding approximately 300 ppi. Bitmapped line art should be submitted at resolutions yielding 600-1200 ppi. These resolutions refer to the output size of the file; if you anticipate that your images will be enlarged or reduced, resolutions should be adjusted accordingly.

File names . Illustration files should be given the 2- or 3-letter extension that identifies the file format used (i.e., .tif, .eps)

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