Aims and Scope
Gene Regulation and Systems Biology is concerned with the regulation of genes and the proteins they encode and the relationship between gene regulation and the wider field of systems biology.
The regulation of genes and the proteins they encode is at the core of systems biology. Understanding the role of gene regulation in the context of the entire system as it relates to disease processes will aid therapeutic development. Therefore, combining our knowledge of gene expression and promoter control, improving gene and protein networks, and determining the role of signal transduction will enhance our ability to treat complex diseases.
Systems biology is concerned with the integration of different levels of information to understand how complex biological systems function. By studying the relationships and interactions between various parts of a biological system (including gene and protein networks involved in cell signaling) it may be possible to create an understandable model of the whole system. Mathematical, analytic, and particularly computer simulation and heuristics are used as research methods.
Standard Author Services
The journal distinguishes itself from others in the field by combining individualized author service with editorial integrity and procedural efficiency. At every stage authors will be introduced to the staff member responsible for their paper and will receive procedural explanations and regular status updates. The progress of authors’ papers is continually monitored by staff, and a staff member is always available to answer authors' questions. This is reflected in our consistently positive author testimonials.
Submission to first editorial decision including rigorous, expert peer review in average four weeks
Rapid publication in two to four weeks after acceptance
No deadlines for corrections to typeset proofs
Paper announcement after publication through scholarly databases, social media, and opted-in newsletters
Open access visibility and flexibility with no restrictions on author archiving
CC-BY-NC licensing to prohibit unrestricted commercial re-use, CC-BY available on request
Article level usage metrics (in beta)
Permanent availability by leading institutional libraries under CLOCKSS and LOCKSS systems
Proactive, professional journal staff
Optional Author Services
Discounted article reprints
English proof reading
Pre-submission paper-matching and editor in chief consultation
Pre-peer review language polishing and paper formatting
Ebook on enhancing article visibility
Social media promotion
Current Article Processing Fees
As an open access journal authors are charged an article processing fee after acceptance for publication by the editor in chief or associate editor. Fees do not vary based on factors like word count or use of color images, and there is no fee charged upon submission. Current fees are given below:
Authors in North America: US$1848
Authors in Japan: ¥220,500
Authors in other countries: €1549
More information on article processing fees and availability of waivers and discounts are available on the article processing fees webpage.
Manuscript Types and Preparation Guidelines
Information on manuscript types accepted for peer review and guidelines for manuscript preparation are available here. A manuscript template, sample manuscript, and pre-submission check list are available here.
All articles are subject to blind independent peer review by reviewers drawn from the journal's editorial board, volunteer peer reviewer pool, and where necessary from Pubmed. Pubmed is used where specialized expertise is unavailable from the other sources. Two to four peer reviewers will be used. Editorial decisions are made by independent editors in chief or associate editors. The editorial process from peer review to first editorial decision takes three to four weeks following acceptance of each paper for peer review.
In the open access business model many editorial decisions result in a fee payment to the publisher. Because of this we maintain a strict distinction between editorial decisions, made by editors in chief or associate editors, and business decisions. Libertas does not make nor attempt to influence editorial decisions. Editorial decision makers receive no incentives to make decisions leading to fee payments.
The journal is committed to high standards of integrity. Authors are required to confirm their compliance with ethical and legal requirements upon submission. Prior to publication all authors must provide signed confirmation of compliance. Where concerns arise the journal will apply the Committee on Publication Ethics guidelines on ethical matters.
Frequency of Publication
Articles are published upon completion of production.
Article citations follow this format:
Authors: Title. Journal [year]:[volume] [first page]-[last page]
This is an open access journal which means that all content is freely available without charge to the user or his/her institution. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles in this journal without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author. This is in accordance with the BOAI definition of open access.
Correspondence should be sent to . Contact details for Libertas staff are available here.
Additional Information for Authors
Publishing in Gene Regulation and Systems Biology was a very positive experience. I was impressed by the fast and uncomplicated submission process as well as the clear and professional peer review process which helped to improve the manuscript. The Libertas Academica team was very patient and helpful. I would definitely recommend the journal to other colleagues in the field!