Relationship to Other Nature Journals

The Nature journals have a rich history in publishing prestigious photonics research. For example, over the past 50 years Nature has featured seminal papers on topics such as the first experimental LASER (Maiman, 1960) and the first polymer LED (Burroughes, 1990). 

Launched in January 2007, Nature Photonics is a peer-reviewed journal that publishes original research of the highest quality and combines this with in-depth analysis of important emerging optical technologies, their applications and status of commercialization. In essence, Nature Photonics publishes leading photonics research that will help enable the applications of tomorrow. The result is a unique publication that will be an invaluable information resource for scientists in both academia and industry.

Alongside Nature Photonics, Nature will continue to publish photonics papers of exceptional quality that appeal to its wide and multidisciplinary readership. Nature Physics will focus on those photonics papers which deal with fundamental science; Nature Materials those which address the underlying properties of optical and photonics-related materials; and Nature Nanotechnology those which involve engineered structures on the nanoscale.

If a paper is rejected from one Nature journal, the authors can use an automated manuscript transfer service to submit the paper to Nature Photonics 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: