About the Journal

Nature Protocols is an online journal of high-quality peer-reviewed protocols for researchers. Protocols are commissioned by the editors or submitted by authors as Presubmission Enquiries. They are presented in a 'recipe' style, providing step-by-step descriptions of procedures that users can take to the lab and immediately apply in their own research. All protocols have been proven to work already, having been used to generate data reported in published research papers. Our scope covers all areas of the biological and biomedical sciences, including methods grounded in physics and chemistry with biological applications (see aims and scope for more info). Protocols can be accessed by searching or browsing the site. Each week, the Editors highlight a featured protocol, which is made freely available for one week. Occasionally, they also write posts for our blog Stepwise. Readers can receive a monthly email alert by signing up for our e-toc. We invite researchers to comment on the protocols and encourage you to follow our Nature Community Guidelines. All authors of protocols or comments must agree to adhere to our terms and conditions.

Nature Protocols is associated with the Protocol Exchange, an open-access online repository for protocols, which is completely free to use (no article-processing fee). Authors upload protocols, which are assigned a DOI for citation purposes and published under a CC-BY licence. They are not peer reviewed or edited. Protocols can be linked to any publications in which they are used. You can also establish a dedicated page to collect all the Protocols used in your lab. By uploading your Protocols to Protocol Exchange, you are enabling researchers to more readily reproduce or adapt your methodology, as well as increasing the visibility of your research. Protocol Exchange acts as a preprint server for protocols and sharing your protocol does not preclude publication in Nature Protocols should you wish to resubmit at a later date. Together, Nature Protocols and Protocol Exchange form an invaluable interactive resource for researchers.

Aims & Scope

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About the Editors



Additional information

Journal abbreviation

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


Our international standard serial number (ISSN) is 1754-2189. Our electronic international standard serial number (EISSN) is 1750-2799.

Journal and article metrics

For articles published from 2010 to the present, article metrics such as citations and online attention are available from each article page, and provide an overview of the attention received by a paper.

Our 2017 journal metrics are as follows:

  • 2-year Impact Factor: 12.423
  • 5-year Impact Factor: 15.269
  • Immediacy Index: 2.268
  • Eigenfactor® Score: 0.08655
  • Article Influence Score: 7.547
  • 2-year Median: 7

For a further description of these metrics and a summary of the metrics for all Nature journals (including metrics on peer review turnaround times), visit our journal metrics page. More information underlying our approach to journal metrics may be found here.