The American Journal of Human Genetics (AJHG)

The American Journal of Human Genetics (AJHG) is a premier scientific journal publishing many of the most important findings in human genetics. Topics range from Mendelian disorders and complex traits to epidemiological studies and population genetics, novel tools and technologies for genetic analysis, and advances in medical applications of genetics and genomics. The Journal also publishes commentaries and discussion pieces intended to generate conversation about issues important to the human genetics community.

Established in 1949, AJHG is the official journal of the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) and is a key part of its mission to advance discovery in human genetics. It is edited by a prominent member of the Society supported by an editorial board and staff appointed by the Editor. ASHG members receive a free subscription to AJHG and do not pay page charges or color figure charges publishing in the Journal as corresponding author.

Produced by Cell Press, AJHG is published online on a rolling basis, as well as monthly in print. Subscribers are granted immediate access to all materials, and six months after publication, AJHG content is available without a subscription to the general public.

Aims and Scope

AJHG provides a record of research and review relating to human genetics and to the application of genetic principles in medicine and public policy, as well as in related areas of molecular and cell biology and genomics. Topics explored in AJHG include behavioral genetics, biochemical genetics, clinical genetics, cytogenetics, dysmorphology, gene therapy, genetic counseling, genetic epidemiology, genomics, immunogenetics, molecular genetics, neurogenetics, and population genetics.

AJHG welcomes submissions of articles, reports, and commentaries on timely subjects concerning all aspects of human genetics, including studies of model organisms that are of direct relevance to human genetics. Manuscripts should be written in a manner accessible to professionals representing diverse backgrounds in human genetics. Descriptions of new statistical methods of general interest to the genetics community are welcome. New methods should be compared to existing methods using real data and/or simulations with parameters that are based on a real data example. All novel computer programs must be made publicly available by the time the manuscript is published and a URL for the website must be included in the Web Resources section of the manuscript. Letters commenting on material previously published in AJHG are also welcome.

AJHG does not publish reports of either single mutations or mutational surveys of previously identified loci unless they have unusual significance and substantial insight. Descriptions of new linkage assignments will be considered only if they are of special interest. Reports of negative data usually will not be considered.

Editorial Process

Are you interested in publishing your work in AJHG? The Journal offers authors a user-friendly and efficient submission process, and makes every effort to review manuscripts quickly and publish them as soon as possible after acceptance.

  1. Initial Review (3-5 days): All submissions are initially evaluated by the scientific editors. Papers that do not conform to the general criteria for publication will be returned to authors without detailed review.
  2. Peer Review (3-4 weeks): Papers that conform to the general publication criteria will be sent to at least two reviewers. Based on their feedback, journal editors aim to reach a decision on these papers within four weeks of the submission date.
  3. Revisions (~4 weeks): If revisions are a condition of publication, four weeks are generally allowed for revisions and only one revised version of the paper is considered.
  4. Acceptance and Publication (2 months): Accepted papers will be published within two months of acceptance. Any major changes after acceptance are subject to review and may delay publication.


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