About the Journal

Nature Human Behaviour is a new online-only journal, publishing monthly from January 2017.

On this page: Aims & Scope | Online publication | Content types | Guidelines to submitting | Editors and contact information | Relationship to other Nature journals | Abbreviation EISSN

Aims & Scope

We are interested in the best research into human behaviour from across the social and natural sciences. Our broad scope ensures that work published reaches the widest possible audience.

Online publication

Nature Human Behaviour is an exclusively online publication. Note that papers published online are definitive and may be altered only through the publication of an addendum, corrigendum or erratum, so authors should make every effort to ensure that the page proofs are correct.

Content types

We publish a range of content types including original research articles, Reviews, Comments, News, and Features that elaborate on significant advances in the field and cover topical issues.

Guidelines for submitting

For a description of the types of contributions that we will be accepting, along with their length and figure limits, please see Content types. Nature Human Behaviour will be flexible with regard to the format of initial submissions so more detail will not be required to prepare manuscripts for submission in April 2016 when our online submission system becomes available.  

Editors and contact information

Like the other Nature titles, Nature Human Behaviour has no external editorial board. Instead, all editorial decisions are made by a dedicated team of full-time professional editors. For information on their research backgrounds and scientific interests, see About the Editors.

General editorial inquiries and correspondence should be addressed to the Editor, at humanbehaviour@nature.com.

Inquiries about the status of a manuscript should be addressed to the Editorial Assistant, at humanbehaviour@nature.com.

To inquire about institutional access, advertising or marketing please contact the appropriate department.

Relationship to other Nature journals

Nature Human Behaviour is editorially independent; its editors make their own decisions, independent of the other Nature journals. If a paper is rejected from one Nature journal, the authors can use an automated manuscript transfer service to submit the paper to Nature Human Behaviour 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 or alternative 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. More details are available on the manuscript transfer service and on the relationships between Nature titles.

For papers that could satisfy the scope of more than one Nature journal, the choice of which journal to submit to first lies with the authors.

For more information, please consult the following:

Details of the manuscript transfer service

Listing of all NPG journals and subject areas

A general explanation of the relationships between Nature titles


The correct abbreviation for abstracting and indexing purposes is Nat. Hum. Behav.


The electronic international standard serial numbers (EISSN) for Nature Human Behaviour is ISSN 2397-3374.