About the Journal


Nature Astronomy publishes research, reviews and commentary at the cutting edge of astronomy, astrophysics and planetary science. Aiming to promote closer interaction between diverse astronomy-relevant disciplines, we consult widely with researchers at all stages of their careers, and more than one third of our commissioned authors are women.

Aims & Scope

Content Types

About the Editors



Why publish in Nature Astronomy?

  • Our robust peer-review process ensures quality, fairness and balance, and typically involves three referees. 
  • As an online-only journal, our articles are published as soon as they are ready, enabling swift dissemination across the astronomy community.
  • Authors can expand the reach of their work by posting preprints on repositories such as arXiv or their institutional equivalents, and sharing the published PDF through our free SharedIt initiative.
  • Our professional editorial team of PhD scientists makes all decisions and provides input on the structure, clarity and language of all articles, while our talented in-house art editors bring the figures to life visually.
                                                                  Serge A. Krasnokutski, Principal Investigator, Germany:
                                                                  “Did not have any problems. I do not see how can it be improved.”   
  • We work hard to ensure that your article can be easily discovered, accessed, understood, used and shared, to provide maximum impact and act as a springboard for further discovery.


Additional information

Journal abbreviation

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


Our electronic international standard serial number (EISSN) is 2397-3366.

Journal and article metrics

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.

The 2018 journal metrics for Nature Astronomy are as follows:

  • 2-year Impact Factor: 10.500
  • 5-year Impact Factor: 10.500
  • Immediacy Index: 4.121
  • Eigenfactor® Score: 0.006480
  • Article Influence Score: 4.911
  • 2-year Median: 7

Note that these metrics are based on data from 2017 only. Metrics are reported here as provided by Clarivate Analytics in their Journal Citation Reports.

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.