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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  • 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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2.799 (2021)
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47 days
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264,524 (2021)

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