According to this press release Trends in Genetics (TIG) is “the most established monthly journal in Genetics”. I have no idea what that means, but if I were asked to name the top journals in genetics, TIG wouldn’t crack the top four. In fact, here is my top four:
Additionally, TIG is published by Elsevier, which means TIG sold guns to terrorists and rogue nations (but they don’t anymore). Well, TIG is also publishing an article in November (according to the press release) that will “shed new and unexpected light on some of the long standing macroevolutionary issues”, whatever the hell that means.
Because I can’t make heads or tails of the science, I won’t dare try to distill the press release in a bloggerly fashion. I will point out that the authors of the study to be published in TIG have named their method of analysis (the one we can’t figure out from the press release) “genomic phylostratigraphy”. Sounds fun, and we’ll keep our eyes peeled for it when it hits newsstands (or RSS feeds). But if the TIG article is anywhere close to as crappy as the press release, we may have to lower TIG down in our unofficial ranking of journals in genetics.