March 2018

This collection highlights experimental and theoretical research published in Nature Communications on the science and engineering of load-bearing materials, and on how microstructure and operating environment can affect material performance. It showcases some of the latest advances dealing with material behaviour, defects, and phase transitions at the macro, micro and nanoscale in high entropy alloys, conventional alloys and bulk metallic glasses.

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Sea-level rise

July 2017

This collection brings together important, open-access research in sea-level rise published in Nature Communications since the last report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Sea-level research is a vigorous and dynamic field of study, and this evolving collection aims to provide a unified resource to support scientists and policymakers alike in keeping up with the rapid developments in the field.  

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Complexity research

June 2017

Here we showcase the potential of interdisciplinary complexity research by bringing together a selection of articles investigating complex systems. Complexity research aims to characterize and understand the behaviour and nature of systems made up of many interacting elements. Such efforts often require interdisciplinary collaboration and expertise from diverse schools of thought. Nature Communications publishes papers across a broad range of topics that span the physical and life sciences, making the journal an ideal home for such interdisciplinary studies.