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Genes, Brain and Behavior  
Abbreviated title(s) Genes Brain Behav
Discipline Life sciences, neuroscience, genetics, behavioral sciences, biology, medical sciences, psychiatry
Language English
Edited by Wim E. Crusio
Publication details
Publisher WileyBlackwell (United Kingdom)
Publication history 2002–present
Frequency 8/year
Open access After 2 years, or upon paying open access fee
Impact factor 3.890 (2008)
ISSN 1601-1848 (print)
1601-183X (web)
LCCN 2002243177
OCLC 49420026

Genes, Brain and Behavior (also known as G2B) is a peer-reviewed scientific journal in the fields of behavioral, neural, and psychiatric genetics. Its primary audience are researchers working in these fields. It was established in 2002, and is currently edited by Wim E. Crusio.


Publication history

Genes, Brain and Behavior is published by the International Behavioural and Neural Genetics Society[1] in collaboration with WileyBlackwell.[2] Volume 1 appeared in 2002 and issues appeared quarterly; as submissions increased, the journal switched in 2003 to a bimonthly and then in 2006 to an 8-times-a-year schedule.[3] Content is available online from the Wiley–Blackwell "Interscience" website[3] or, after a 12 month embargo, from EBSCOhost.[4] Authors can elect to have accepted articles published as open access.[5] All content is available online for free after 24 months.[6] The journal developed standards for the publication of mouse mutant studies,[7] which are gradually being accepted more widely in the field.[8][9]

Indexing and citations

Genes, Brain and Behavior is[6] included in the major indexes BIOBASE, Biological Abstracts, BIOSIS Previews, CSA's Animal Behavior Abstracts and Neurosciences Abstracts, EMBASE, Excerpta Medica Abstract Journals, Genetics Abstracts, Neuroscience Citation Index, PsycINFO, Science Citation Index, and Scopus. According to the Journal Citation Reports, its 2008 impact factor is 3.890.[10] This ranks Genes, Brain and Behavior 53th out of 219 listed journals in the Neurosciences category and 5th out of 47 listed journals in the Behavioral Sciences category.[10]

The five journals that as of 2009 have cited Genes, Brain and Behavior most often, are (in order of descending citation frequency) Behavioural Brain Research, Genes, Brain and Behavior, Journal of Neuroscience, Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, and Molecular Psychiatry.[10] As of 2009, the five journals that have been cited most frequently by articles published in Genes, Brain and Behavior are the Journal of Neuroscience, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, Science, Nature, and Molecular Psychiatry.[10]

Article categories

The journal publishes articles in the following categories:

Most cited articles

According to the Web of Science, the following three articles have been cited most often (>84 times):[10]

  1. Rubenstein JL, Merzenich MM (2003). "Model of autism: increased ratio of excitation/inhibition in key neural systems". Genes, Brain and Behavior 2 (5): 255–67. doi:10.1034/j.1601-183X.2003.00037.x. PMID 14606691.  
  2. Holmes A, Lit Q, Murphy DL, Gold E, Crawley JN (2003). "Abnormal anxiety-related behavior in serotonin transporter null mutant mice: the influence of genetic background". Genes, Brain and Behavior 2 (6): 365–80. doi:10.1046/j.1601-1848.2003.00050.x. PMID 14653308.  
  3. Gould TD, Gottesman II (2006). "Psychiatric endophenotypes and the development of valid animal models". Genes, Brain and Behavior 5 (2): 113–9. doi:10.1111/j.1601-183X.2005.00186.x. PMID 16507002.  


  1. ^ "International Behavioural and Neural Genetics Society home page". 2008. Retrieved 2008–09–11.  
  2. ^ Pagel, Mark (7 May 2004). "The order in a billion sequences". Times Higher Education. Retrieved 2009-05-09.  
  3. ^ a b "Wiley InterScience :: Journals :: Genes, Brain and Behavior". Retrieved 2009-05-10.  
  4. ^ "List of journals". Retrieved 2009-05-10.  
  5. ^ "Wiley InterScience :: Author Resources :: OnlineOpen". Retrieved 2009-05-10.  
  6. ^ a b "Genes, Brain and Behavior Journal Information". 2009. Retrieved 2009–05–10.  
  7. ^ Crusio WE, Goldowitz D, Holmes A, Wolfer D (February 2009). "Standards for the publication of mouse mutant studies". Genes, Brain and Behavior 8 (1): 1–4. doi:10.1111/j.1601-183X.2008.00438.x. PMID 18778401.  
  8. ^ "European Journal of Neuroscience: Instructions for authors". Retrieved 2009-08-30.  
  9. ^ Editorial (September 2009). "Troublesome variability in mouse studies". Nature Neuroscience 12 (9): 1075. doi:10.1038/nn0909-1075. PMID 19710643. Retrieved 2009-08-30.  
  10. ^ a b c d e "Web of Science". 2008. Retrieved 2009–06–22.  


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