Development Genes and Evolution publishes high-quality reports on all aspects of development biology and evolutionary biology. The journal reports on experimental and bioinformatics work at the systemic, cellular and molecular levels in the field of animal and plant systems, covering key aspects of the following topics:

  • Embryological and genetic analysis of model and non-model organisms
  • Genes and pattern formation in invertebrates, vertebrates and plants
  • Axial patterning, embryonic induction and fate maps
  • Cellular mechanisms of morphogenesis and organogenesis
  • Stem cells and regeneration
  • Functional genomics of developmental processes
  • Developmental diversity and evolution
  • Evolution of developmentally relevant genes
  • Phylogeny of animals and plants
  • Microevolution
  • Paleontology

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Founded 1894 as Archiv für Entwicklungsmechanik der Organismen by Wilhelm Roux, who edited the journal from 1894 to 1923.
Continued from 1925 as Wilhelm Roux’ Archiv für Entwicklungsmechanik der Organismen; edited by Benno Romeis (1925-1967), Hans Spemann (1925-1941), Walther Vogt (1915-1941), Otto Mangold (1942-1944), Alfred Kūhn (1947-1967), Gerhard Krause (1968-1975).
Continued from 1975 as Wilhelm Roux’ Archives of Developmental Biology; edited by Gerhard Krause (1975-1979), Rudolf Weber (1975-1985).
Continued from 1985 as Roux’ Archives of Developmental Biology; edited by Rudolf Weber (1986-1988), Klaus Sander (1988-1996).
Continued from 1996 as Development Genes and Evolution, edited by Diethard Tautz (1996-2004), Volker Hartenstein (2004-2015), Angelika Stollewerk (2016-).

  • Long running journal, founded 1894
  • Examines all major aspects of development biology with a special emphasis on topics that deal with evolutionary questions
  • Reports on experimental work at the systemic, cellular and molecular levels in the field of animal and plant systems
  • Topics range from diversity and evolution to genes and pattern formation in invertebrates, vertebrates and plants, and beyond
  • 100% of authors who answered a survey reported that they would definitely publish or probably publish in the journal again

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1.339 (2019)
Impact factor
1.797 (2019)
Five year impact factor
42 days
Submission to first decision
124 days
Submission to acceptance
78,740 (2019)

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