Aims & Scope

How long will we live? And how much of that time will comprise a healthy life? What is aging, and can we slow or delay the aging process? What is the connection between aging and disease? Can we predict the evolving trends in the aging of human populations and prepare our societies for the challenges and opportunities associated with these demographic changes? These are some of the important questions that the broad field of aging research is trying to address and that together form one of the Grand Challenges of the twenty-first century.

Nature Aging’s mission is to provide a unique multidisciplinary, unifying and highly visible publishing platform for the aging-research community. The journal is highly selective yet broad in its coverage, publishing research from across the entire spectrum of the field, ranging from the basic biology of aging to the impact of aging on society. The journal aims to foster interactions among different areas of this diverse field of research and to promote new and exciting ideas within and beyond the research community, to enable synergy and maximize scientific and societal impact.

Research published in the journal includes studies on the biology of aging and longevity that aim to elucidate what aging is at a biological level and how to harness those biological processes to prolong lifespan and healthspan. The journal also features translational and clinical research focused on diseases that primarily affect older individuals. We particularly welcome translational research examining the connection between aging and disease in a variety of animal models; clinical research focusing on aging-associated medical conditions, including age-related cancers, metabolic syndromes, inflammaging, cardiovascular diseases and neurological disorders; and medical and health research specifically focusing on older people, such as studies in geriatrics and gerontology. Our interests also extend to research addressing the socioeconomic challenges and opportunities associated with global population aging and global and public health studies centered on the older strata of our societies. These include studies on the physical, mental and social well-being of older people, the demographics of aging populations and epidemiology.

Beyond research studies, the journal commissions Reviews, Perspectives and Comments on recent developments in the field of aging research, as well as opinion and news pieces, and analyses targeted at academic researchers, industry representatives and policymakers.

Like all Nature-branded journals, Nature Aging is operated by a team of professional editors who oversee the careful selection, fair and rigorous peer review, accurate editing, rapid publication and broad dissemination of primary research and commissioned content.

Disciplines covered in the journal include, but are not limited to, the following:


Basic and clinical research

  • Genetics
  • Genomics, epigenetics, transcriptomics and proteomics
  • Bioinformatics, systems biology and big data
  • Molecular and cellular biology
  • Proteostasis
  • Senescence
  • Rejuvenation, repair and stem cells
  • Metabolism
  • Nutrition and aging
  • Reproductive aging
  • Longevity
  • Comparative aging
  • Translational and clinical research
  • Artificial intelligence and technology
  • New techniques and resources

Age-related diseases

  • Geroscience
  • Immunology and inflammaging
  • Arthritis
  • Cardiovascular disorders
  • Cancer
  • COPD
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Dementia and neurodegenerative disorders
  • Sensory decline
  • Geriatric medicine
  • Psychiatry
  • Osteoporosis
  • Frailty
  • Sarcopenia

Health and social sciences

  • Public and global health
  • Physical, mental and social well-being
  • Gerontology
  • Public policy
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Demography
  • Health economics
  • Healthcare systems