Conservation Genetics promotes the conservation of biodiversity by providing a forum for data and ideas, aiding the further development of this area of study. Contributions include work from the disciplines of population genetics, molecular ecology, molecular biology, evolutionary biology, systematics, forensics, and others. The focus is on genetic and evolutionary applications to problems of conservation, reflecting the diversity of concerns relevant to conservation biology. Studies are based on up-to-date technologies, including genomic methodologies. The journal publishes original research papers, short communications, review papers and perspectives. The broad-ranging coverage includes:

- Identification of hybrid species, hybridization in native populations, and introgression between species
- Genetic structure of natural and managed populations
- Variation in small or endangered populations
- Population dynamics in the context of anthropogenic impact
- Reproductive strategy where natural behavior patterns are thought to have been disrupted
- Forensic applications for control of trade in endangered species, and much more

Note: A separate journal, Conservation Genetics Resources was established specifically to provide the rapid publication of technical papers on methodological innovations or improvements, computer programs and genomic resources including, but not limited to, novel microsatellite loci.

As a result, Conservation Genetics no longer accepts these technical notes or methodological and resource papers.

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Peer review is conducted using Editorial Manager®, supported by a database of international experts. This database is shared with Conservation Genetics Resources.

  • Provides a forum for data and ideas, aiding the further development of conservation genetics
  • Topics include population genetics, molecular ecology and biology, evolutionary biology, and systematics and more
  • Offers full research papers, review papers, short communications, and methodological notes
  • Widely indexed and abstracted
  • 96% of authors who answered a survey reported that they would definitely publish or probably publish in the journal again

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Editor
  • A. Rus Hoelzel
Publishing model
Hybrid. Open Access options available

Journal metrics

1.917 (2019)
Impact factor
1.916 (2019)
Five year impact factor
66 days
Submission to first decision
235 days
Submission to acceptance
221,080 (2019)
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  • COVID 19 and impact on peer review

    As a result of the significant disruption that is being caused by the COVID-19 pandemic we are very aware that many researchers will have difficulty in meeting the timelines associated with our peer review process during normal times.  Please do let us know if you need additional time. Our systems will continue to remind you of the original timelines but we intend to be highly flexible at this time.

  • Highly Cited Researchers - 2019 Recipients

    Congratulations to the following Conservation Genetics board members for being recognized as “the world's most influential researchers of the past decade, demonstrated by the production of multiple highly-cited papers that rank in the top 1% by citations for field and year in Web of Science”:


  • Abstracts for practitioners

    Springer is working closely with ConservationEvidence which aims to make conservation management more effective through the dissemination of information to practitioners. Authors are invited to submit an additional abstract for ConservationEvidence if they feel that their paper is of relevance to the initiative.

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1572-9737
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1566-0621
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