My non-comprehensive collection of "good guys" journals within my field of research (bioinformatics, computational biology, molecular biology, immunoinformatics, and related). Non-profit or Society or University press + open access option.

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A “Good Guys” Journal List

My non-comprehensive collection of “good guys” journals within my field of research (bioinformatics, computational biology, immunoinformatics, molecular biology, and related). Publication fees were not evaluated, and thus some journals on this list charge exorbitant fees. Where relevant, more information is provided, e.g. on open access, scope, criteria, impact.

Journal metrics have been extracted from SCImago, where available (SCImago is based on on Scopus data [owned by Elsevier]. If anyone can point me to something similar but more open I would happily include/replace it).

This list is non-comprehensive, work in progress, and I do not endorse per se any of the journals mentioned explicitly. You should investigate on your own if you agree with the editorial policies of individual journals. I am also not implying that you should only publish in the journals on this list (neither am I). I also do not condemn any journal not mentioned, neither do I imply that they are not “good guys”. Make up your own mind what is important to you.


American Association for the Advancement of Science


Science Immunology

Science Advances

Cambridge University Press

Genetics Research

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press

Genome Research


eLife Sciences Publications


EMBO press

Life Science Alliance

Molecular Systems Biology

The EMBO Journal

EMBO Reports

EMBO Molecular Medicine

Genetics Society of America

SCImago Journal & Country Rank


G3 Genes Genomes Genetics

National Academy of Sciences


NRC Research Press


Oxford University Press

Nucleic Acids Research


Molecular Biology and Evolution

DNA Research

Briefings in Bioinformatics

Briefings in Functional Genomics

Genome Biology and Evolution


Public Library of Science

PLoS Computational Biology

PLoS Biology

PLoS Medicine

PLoS Genetics

PLoS Pathogens


Royal Society

Journal of the Royal Society Interface

Open Biology

Biology Letters

Royal Society Open Science

The American Association of Immunologists

Journal of Immunology


The Company of Biologists

Journal of Cell Science

Biology Open