Editor-in-Chief: Alberto R. Kornblihtt
Online ISSN: 2154-1272
Abstracted/Indexed In: Medline/PubMed, PubMed Central

About Transcription

Transcription is a peer-reviewed, bi-monthly journal launched in 2010 that publishes high-quality articles providing novel insights, provocative questions and new hypothesis into the expanding field of gene transcription. The journal covers all aspects of transcription: from biochemical and molecular approaches, to cellular, structural and evolutionary views. In addition to papers that use conventional strategies to study both prokaryotic and eukaryotic transcription, the journal welcomes manuscripts using state-of-the-art methodologies such as genome-wide analyses, single molecule and biophysical studies, protein structure, imaging and systems biology.

Why a new journal?

Although the field of transcription is as old as the enunciation of the “central dogma” of molecular biology, there is a renewed interest and expansion mainly due to the key role played by the transcription process in physiological and pathological cell differentiation in response to environmental signals and mutation. Two additional examples illustrate the immense fertility and timeliness of the field: (1) We are just beginning to understand how eukaryotic transcription serves as the interface between epigenetics and RNA processing, two fields previously assumed to be independent. (2) Very little is known about the importance and regulation of intergenic and generalized transcription in eukaryotes and of its relationship with the production and action of small RNAs. Transcription aims to become the primary source and a forum for researchers involved in the understanding of the diverse processes involved in basal and regulated transcription. The journal will not only be interested in research that uses model systems to discover and investigate transcriptional mechanisms, but also in studies aimed at understanding and providing treatment for diseases that involve transcriptional processes.


Topics that the journal will cover include, but are certainly not limited to,  transcriptional initiation, elongation and termination, promoter structure and function, the role of cis-regulatory elements that affect gene function locally and globally, and the structure, function and regulation of general and specific transcription factors, RNA polymerases, repressors and activators. In addition, the following themes are of special interest: the connections of pre-mRNA and other RNAs processing to upstream events in transcription, the involvement of small RNAs in transcriptional gene silencing and genome defense, the interplay between nuclear architecture, genome organization, and gene expression, the integration of transcriptional and translational response mechanisms to external stimuli, and the cross-talk between transcription and chromatin. The use of original approaches that apply powerful new experimental technologies to answer standing questions in the field are especially welcome.

Open Access

Transcription offers a highly competitive open access fee for authors who wish for free access to and distribution of published articles. Authors retain copyright of their work by utilizing a Creative Commons attribution license. Open Access papers will be submitted to PubMed Central immediately upon final publication of each issue.

In 2013, all Research Papers will be Open Access with no cost to the author.

The cost to make a Review or Brief Report/Short Communication open access is $500 and $250 for all other types of papers.

Editorial Policies

Transcription will publish original Research ArticlesReviews from experts in the field, and Commentaries and Editorials on important and timely topics in the area of transcription. The journal will also consider Short Articles that may provide a focused contribution on a specific topic of interest but that do not require further experimental work for validation. Methods Articles that present a new experimental technique that provides a significant advance in the field, and Meeting Reports will also be evaluated for publication. In addition, the journal will publish Point of View articles. Unlike a regular manuscript written around data, aPoint of View article is, at least partially, a subjective piece, and can be a mixture of data and opinions regarding the field or an extended discussion of a recent paper published by the same authors in another journal.

Authors will be encouraged to define the main question of their manuscript and why it is important. The Editors will make every effort to obtain at least three independent reviews. Reviewers will be encouraged to express constructive and justified criticisms and to suggest experiments aimed at improving the manuscript, when appropriate. Publication schedule will be rapid; whereas the print version of Transcription will be published bi-monthly, accepted manuscripts will be published online within two weeks of acceptance. Manuscripts will be reviewed by internationally recognized experts in the field selected by our members of the Editorial Board. Pre-submission enquiries may include decision letters and reviewers reports of the same manuscript rejected in other peer-reviewed journals.