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Reviews published by Genome Biology are authoritative syntheses of topics of current interest, written by leaders in the field. Most Reviews are commissioned by the Genome Biology editors and we do not encourage uncommissioned submissions for this type of article. However, potential authors are welcome to email a presubmission enquiry to

All Reviews published by Genome Biology are peer reviewed. The in-house editors work closely with Review authors both before and after peer review to optimize the structure and clarity of the article.

Abstracts for Reviews should be no more than 100 words in length.

The word limit for the main text of Reviews (excluding the reference list and figure legends) is 5,000 words.

Up to 200 references can be cited.

Reviews can contain up to 5 display items (tables and/or figures).

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Annual Journal Metrics

  • 2022 Citation Impact
    12.3 - 2-year Impact Factor
    17.4 - 5-year Impact Factor
    3.476 - SNIP (Source Normalized Impact per Paper)
    9.249 - SJR (SCImago Journal Rank)

    2022 Speed
    25 days submission to first editorial decision for all manuscripts (Median)
    218 days submission to accept (Median)

    2022 Usage 
    78,992 Altmetric mentions 

Peer Review Taxonomy

This journal is participating in a pilot of NISO/STM's Working Group on Peer Review Taxonomy, to identify and standardize definitions and terminology in peer review practices in order to make the peer review process for articles and journals more transparent. Further information on the pilot is available here.

The following summary describes the peer review process for this journal:

  • Identity transparency: Single anonymized
  • Reviewer interacts with: Editor
  • Review information published: Review reports. Reviewer Identities reviewer opt in. Author/reviewer communication

We welcome your feedback on this Peer Review Taxonomy Pilot. Please can you take the time to complete this short survey.