2020 was a massive year by any scale. We have gathered highlights here so you can easily find the research that will drive your next discovery. We present articles, chapters, highly cited journals and new books reflecting the year in Genetics. You can browse this page, or dive more deeply into our individual imprints.

A selection of 2020's highlighted research

Insights from the Editorial Team

Bill Tucker, Vice President Books, Medicine & Life Sciences

Bill Tucker

The past year has seen the publication of numerous book chapters that are helping to understand the COVID-19 pandemic across all disciplines (starting from genomic sequencing to immune mechanisms to vaccine approaches right up to mainstream therapies). We have also taken important steps to develop a portfolio that is consistent with the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations. In the context of the crisis, we have maintained access to researchers and opened up our content as much as possible through various campaigns.

As we begin 2021, take a look back and reflect with a selection of the impactful work from over 60 research disciplines. Read and share the highly downloaded chapters for free until 31 March 2021. Open access content is freely available online on a permanent basis.

Maria Hodges, Executive Editor, BMC Series

Maria Hodges, Managing Editor, BMC Series

BMC, along with Springer and Nature, has a leading portfolio of genetics and genomics journals, with particular emphasis on open access. Our comprehensive portfolio includes high profile selective journals such as Genome Biology, Genome MedicineNature Genetics and Human Genetics, as well as broad-scope journals such as BMC Genomics. 2020 is the 20th anniversary of The Human Genome Project, and also of BMC.

2020 has demonstrated the power of genomics to contribute to healthcare, especially to the genetic identification of the cause of COVID-19, and Springer Nature has prioritized the rapid publication of genetics in this area while maintaining our standards for peer review and encouraged the early sharing of relevant manuscripts through preprints. This was also the year when the Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded to Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer Doudna for the development of a method for gene editing.

Next year, we look forward to the launch of BMC Genomic Data, building on our expertise in genetics and in data sharing, and a special issue on genomics and climate change in Genome Biology.