Journal of Heredity

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2009 marked the 200th birthday of Charles Darwin, the 150th anniversary of ‘On the Origin of Species’, and publication of the 100th volume of the Journal of Heredity. First published as the American Breeders Magazine in 1910, the journal changed its name to the Journal of Heredity (volume 5) when the Society changed its name to the American Genetic Association in 1914. The Journal of Heredity is now the longest continuously published journal devoted to the ‘new science’ that arose from Darwin’s theory of evolution and Gregor Mendel’s discoveries of the laws of inheritance.

At its inception, the Journal sought to communicate the principles of heredity to both animal and plant breeders, with an emphasis on practical improvements. In its early years, the Journal was inevitably drawn into the debate over human breeding or eugenics and included articles on this topic by David Starr Jordan, Alexander Graham Bell and Charles Davenport, among others. Members of the American Genetic Association who have registered their subscription with My Account have full electronic access to the complete archive of the Journal of Heredity, including these early issues. A perusal of this archive provides a unique perspective on advances over the last 100 years in the science of genetics, as well as changes in the emphasis of the American Genetic Association and the role of science in society at large. The primary scope of the Journal has evolved along with these advances, shifting away from practical applications of animal, plant and human breeding, toward a focus on primary research in organismal genomics and evolutionary diversity.

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Impact Factor

5-Yr Impact Factor 2.569
2.799 (2011)
2.249 (2010)
2.052 (2009)
1.775 (2008)
1.964 (2007)

CATEGORY: Genetics and Heredity
Rank 70/157 (2011)
Rank 94/156 (2010)
Rank 92/144 (2009)
Rank 97/138 (2008)
Rank 89/132 (2007)

This information is taken from the Journal Citation Reports, published annually as part of the Science Citation Index by ISI.

Abstracting and Indexing

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Forestry Abstracts
General Science Index
Genetics Abstracts
Global Health
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Horticultural Abstracts
Index Veterinarius
Journal Citation Reports /Science Edition
Maize Abstracts Online
Nematological Abstracts
Nutrition Abstracts and Reviews
Ornamental Horticulture
Pig News & Information
Plant Breeding Abstracts
Plant Genetic Resources Abstracts
Post Harvest News and Information
Poultry Abstracts

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