About the Journal

Nature Astronomy is a new monthly, online-only journal, launched in January 2017.

Nature Astronomy is a truly multidisciplinary journal for the field, representing — and fostering closer interaction between — all of the key astronomy-relevant disciplines, by publishing the most significant research, review and comment at the cutting edge of astronomy, astrophysics and planetary science.

Nature Astronomy is staffed by a dedicated team of professional editors, with backgrounds in astronomical research.

On this page: Aims & Scope | Online publication | Content types | Guidelines to submitting | Editors and contact information | Relationship to other Nature journals | Abbreviation EISSN | Homepage image credit

Aims & Scope

We are interested in the best research from across the field of astronomy, with our broad scope ensuring that the work published reaches the widest possible audience.

Online publication

Nature Astronomy is an exclusively online publication. Note that papers published online are definitive and may be altered only through the publication of an addendum, corrigendum or erratum, so authors should make every effort to ensure that the page proofs are correct.

Content types

As well as original research articles, we publish a range of content types including News & Views, Reviews, Perspectives, Comments and Features that elaborate on significant advances in the field and cover topical issues.

Guidelines to submitting

For a description of the types of contributions that we accept along with their length and figure limits, please see Content types. Nature Astronomy is flexible with regard to the format of initial submissions so more detail will not be required to prepare manuscripts for using our online submission system.  

Editors and contact information

Like the other Nature titles, Nature Astronomy has no external editorial board. Instead, all editorial decisions are made by a dedicated team of full-time, professional editors. For information on their research backgrounds and scientific interests, see About the Editors.

General editorial inquiries and correspondence should be addressed to the Editor, at natureastro@nature.com.

Inquiries about the status of a manuscript should be addressed to the Editorial Assistant, at natureastro@nature.com.

To inquire about institutional access, advertising or marketing please contact the appropriate department.

Relationship to other Nature journals

Nature Astronomy is editorially independent; its editors make their own decisions, independent of the other Nature journals. If a paper is rejected from one Nature journal, the authors can use an automated manuscript transfer service to submit the paper to Nature Astronomy via a link sent to them by the editor handling the manuscript. Authors should note that the referees' comments (including any confidential comments to the editor) and identities are transferred to the editor of the second journal along with the manuscript. The journal editors will take the previous reviews into account when making their decision, although in some cases the editors may choose to take advice from additional or alternative referees. Alternatively, authors may choose to request a fresh review, in which case they should not use the automated transfer link, and the editors will evaluate the paper without reference to the previous review process. More details are available on the manuscript transfer service and on the relationships between Nature titles.

For papers that could satisfy the scope of more than one Nature journal, the choice of which journal to submit to first lies with the authors.

For more information, please consult the following:

Details of the manuscript transfer service

Listing of all NPG journals and subject areas

A general explanation of the relationships between Nature titles


The correct abbreviation for abstracting and indexing purposes is Nat. Astron.


The electronic international standard serial numbers (EISSN) for Nature Astronomy is ISSN 2397-3366.

Free content

Nature Astronomy is a subscription-based journal, but as a newly launched title we occasionally make some articles free to access in order to showcase our content and give readers and authors a clearer idea of our scope

Nature Astronomy does not offer open access licensing options for articles, although specific papers are occasionally made open access when they are deemed to be of exceptional value to the community. The application of an open access licence is at the discretion of the editors; full details of our policy can be found here: https://www.nature.com/authors/policies/license.

Homepage image credit

Image of the star cluster Hodge 301 taken by the Hubble Space Telescope

NASA, ESA, D.Lennon and E. Sabbi (ESA.STScl), J. Anderson, S. E. de Mink, R. van der Marel, T. Sohn and N. Walborn (STScl), N. Bastian (Excellence Cluster, Munich), L. Bedin (INAF, Padua) E. Bressert (ESO), P. Crowther (University of Sheffield), A de Koter (University of Amsterdam), C. Evans (UKATC/STFC, Edinburgh), A. Herrero (IAC, Tenerife), N. Langer (AifA, Bonn), I. Platais (JHU), and Sana (University of Amsterdam)