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PLOS Genetics Year in Review

2021 was a year of continued growth for PLOS Genetics. We welcomed new editors, continued to publish exciting research articles from our community, and launched 4 new collections. Learn more about our 2021 journal updates, read a message from the Editors-in-Chief, discover publications that made the news, and more.



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In 2021, PLOS Genetics articles were referenced over 750 times by media outlets around the world. Explore articles that made the news.

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“In our message last year we noted the tumultuous times expecting that another trip around the sun would find us more settled.  So much for the prognostic capabilities of geneticists! Nonetheless, we remain humbled and deeply grateful to our authors, reviewers, and editors. Despite persistent global difficulties the PLOS Genetics community continues to be strong. They make remarkable contributions as working scientists who thoughtfully and generously review and edit each other’s research. The creativity and resilience of the PLOS Genetics community, together with our own tenacious optimism, lead us to double down on looking forward to a sense of renewal and continued growth for the journal in 2022.”

Gregory S. Barsh

Gregory S. Barsh, Editor-in-Chief

Gregory P. Copenhaver

Gregory P. Copenhaver, Editor-in-Chief

Journal Updates

Editor News


New Associate Editors welcomed to the PLOS Genetics editorial board

Awards and Recognition

Our Editorial Board members are working researchers just like you who strive to support our community and make significant advances across every field of genetics. Read noteworthy accomplishments our editors achieved in 2021. 

  • Epigentics Secition Editor Wendy Bickmore was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in recognition of services to biomedical sciences and to women in science in January 2021. 
  • Associate Editor Sarah A. Tishkoff was elected to the National Academy of Medicine.
  • Associate Editors Denise Montell, Anita Hopper, Joe Heitman and Marisa Bartolomei were elected to the National Academy of Sciences.  
  • Associate Editors Sarah A. Tishkoff and Sue Jinks-Roberston were elected to the American Academy (Biological Sciences). 

New Article Types

In 2020, we launched Methods articles — a new article type designed to give authors the opportunity to more easily customize their methods section upon submission. In 2021, we shared the first publications using this article type. Read the first one published in June here.

To submit your own Methods, you can choose the Methods article type option when starting a new PLOS Genetics submission in Editorial Manager.

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