Guide to Authors

Manuscript submission

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pdfPlease see our brief guide to manuscript submission in PDF format for an overview of key information on submitting primary research for publication in Nature Geoscience.


Aims and scope of the journal

Understanding the Earth's history and its future evolution is becoming ever more important as the human influence on climate and landscapes, the oceans and the atmosphere expands.

Nature Geoscience is a monthly multi-disciplinary journal aimed at bringing together top-quality research across the entire spectrum of the Earth Sciences along with relevant work in related areas.

The journal's content reflects all the disciplines within the geosciences, encompassing field work, modelling and theoretical studies.

Topics covered in the journal include:

  • Atmospheric science
  • Biogeochemistry
  • Climate science
  • Geobiology
  • Geochemistry
  • Geoinformatics and remote sensing
  • Geology
  • Geomagnetism and palaeomagnetism
  • Geomorphology
  • Geophysics
  • Glaciology
  • Hydrology and limnology
  • Mineralogy and mineral physics
  • Oceanography
  • Palaeontology
  • Palaeoclimatology and palaeoceanography
  • Petrology
  • Planetary science
  • Seismology
  • Space physics
  • Tectonics
  • Volcanology

Nature Geoscience is committed to publishing significant, high-quality research in the Earth Sciences through a fair, rapid and rigorous peer review process that is overseen by a team of full-time professional editors.

In addition to publishing primary research, Nature Geoscience provides an overview of the most important developments in the Earth Sciences through the publication of Review Articles, News and Views, Research Highlights, Commentaries and reviews of relevant books and arts events.


Editors and contact information

Like the other Nature titles, Nature Geoscience has no external editorial board. Instead, all editorial decisions are made by a team of full-time professional editors, who are PhD-level geoscientists. Information about the scientific background of the editors can be found here.

General editorial inquiries and correspondence should be addressed to the Editor, at

Inquiries about the status of a manuscript should be addressed to the Editorial Assistant, at


Relationship to other Nature journals

Nature Geoscience is editorially independent, and its editors make their own decisions, independent of the other Nature journals. It is for authors alone to decide where to submit their manuscripts. Nature will continue to publish the most significant advances in science, including the geosciences. Nature Geoscience publishes landmark papers within the fields of the geosciences alone. Topics covered by other Nature journals (such as physics and materials science) may feature in Nature Geoscience when the work centres on some new development in the geosciences; otherwise these topics will be the remit of the other relevant journal. For papers that could satisfy the scope of more than one Nature journal, the choice of which journal to submit first lies with the authors.

If a paper is rejected from one Nature journal, the authors can use an automated manuscript transfer service to submit the paper to Nature Geoscience via a link sent to them by the editor handling the manuscript. Authors should note that 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 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. For more information, please consult the following:


Editorial and publishing policies

Please see authors and referees @ npg for detailed information about author and referee services and publication policies at the Nature family of journals. These journals, including Nature Geoscience, share a number of common policies including the following:

    Journal Metrics

    Article metrics such as number of downloads, citations and online attention are available from each article page, and provide an overview of the attention received by a paper.

    The 2016 peer review performance metrics (as median time in calendar days) for Nature Geoscience are as follows:

    • Submission to first editorial decision: 6
    • Submission to first post-review decision: 53
    • Submission to Accept: 129

    The 2016 journal metrics for Nature Geoscience are as follows:

    • 2-year Impact Factor: 13.941
    • 5-year Impact Factor: 14.350
    • Immediacy index: 3.400
    • Eigenfactor ® score: 0.08196
    • Article Influence Score: 7.438
    • 2-year Median: 10

    For a further description of these metrics and a summary of the metrics for all Nature journals, please visit our journal metrics page. More information underlying our approach to journal metrics may be found here.


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


    The international standard serial number (ISSN) for Nature Geoscience is 1752-0894, and the electronic international standard serial number (EISSN) is 1752-0908.

    The pdfeditorial policies, including the guide for referees is also available in PDF format.