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Conservation Genetics Resources

Conservation Genetics Resources

Editor-in-Chief: Benoit Goossens

ISSN: 1877-7260 (electronic version)

Journal no. 12686

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A Message from the Editors

Conservation is a rapidly growing discipline with clear imperatives in the face of environmental change and increasing anthropogenic influence on natural habitats. Technical papers in support of conservation genetic work focus on the problems and species that are of concern to conservation biologists and managers, and have been published in Springer’s Conservation Genetics since the journal’s inception in 2000.

But with the increasing interest and potential for technical advances in this field, we felt the time was right to provide a new forum where technical resources can be quickly provided to the research community. We also propose to provide a venue for reports on the successful application of this work to the development of policy, which will be considered in the new journal as ‘Application Essays’. These essays will report on novel experiences relating to the effective implementation of policy based on genetic data, and will promote the broader integration of the science into conservation practice.
We feel that a new journal focusing on resources is necessary due to the large volume of information being generated in support of this work, and the importance of disseminating that information to help advance the field and its objectives. The scope of the new journal will be broad, and while primer notes will be included, we expect the remit for technical reports to also include other genomic resources such as new SNP, Y-chromosome or plastid markers, together with practical methods that use genetic methods (for example in the use of non-invasive methods or forensics) and information on computer packages and programs.
Benoit Goossens (Editor-in-Chief)
Rus Hoelzel (Founding Editor)
April 2009

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    The purpose of Conservation Genetics Resources is to promote the conservation of genetic diversity and advance the study of conservation genetics by providing rapid publication of technical papers and reviews on methodological innovations or improvements, computer programmes, and genomic resources, as well as on the practical application of these resources towards the development of effective conservation policy and practice. The journal publishes primer notes, other genomic resources (e.g. SNP markers), methodological papers, computer package descriptions, technical review papers and application essays.

    The broad objectives of the journal are to:

    • promote the development and application of resources for the conservation of genetic diversity
    • focus on the problems and species which are of concern to conservation biologists and managers
    • provide a forum for exchanging resources which support research in conservation genetics
    • provide a forum for reporting on the practical incorporation of genetic data into the development of management practice and conservation policy


    The journal will focus on the rapid publication of technical papers on methodological innovations or improvements, computer programs, and genomic resources such as novel microsatellite loci and single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs).  Technical papers in support of conservation genetic work focus on the problems and species that are of concern to conservation biologists and managers. 


    The journal will publish, when available, reports of the practical application of genetic data in the development of management practice or governmental conservation policy.  These essays will describe the process involved in the successful implementation of policy based on conservation genetic research and highlight problems encountered, and solutions found, to address those problems. 

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