Birth Defects Research Special Issue Call for Papers: Genetic Screening - Deadline June 30, 2019

Dear colleagues,

Birth Defects Research, the official journal of the Teratology Society, is preparing a special issue on the topic of “Genetic Screening”. Human geneticist Anna Mitchell, M.D. Ph.D. and BDR section editor Michiko Watanabe, Ph.D are building the issue around invited review articles and original papers.  

Manuscripts are due June 30, 2019 for a 2019 issue.

Some topics of interest are (but are not limited to):

  • What are the strengths and limitations of genetic screening?
  • How is genetic screening accomplished?
  • What ethical issues emerge with genetic screening?
  • How did genetic screening develop? (History)
  • Genetic screening and forensics
  • How is genetic screening used to predict specific birth defects?
  • Genetic screening for the public sector (FDA warnings) 

The special issue will comprise reviews on this broad topic. In addition, we welcome primary papers, comments, opinions or methodology on this broad topic for the journal.  The particular subject/title of the review and its length are up to you. 

Why consider publishing in our journal?

  • You would reach a broad audience of scientists, clinicians, industries, parents, patients.
  • The review can be short. You can turn part of a thesis or grant into a review.
  • The review can be long, there is a generous page limit.
  • Publication is free. No page or color figure charges!
  • The reviews are peer and editor reviewed.
  • The guest editor, section editor and Wiley emphasize rapid turnaround times and prompt editorial decisions.
  • Free publicity for your review. Press releases about our special issues often make it into the popular press.

The articles for this special issue will be important for parents and patients as well as physicians and investigators. We urge that they be written with accessibility in mind. 

Author guidelines can be found at

We very much look forward to hearing favorably from you!


Dr. Michiko Watanabe (Ph.D.)

Phone: 216-844-7361


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