Editorial policies

The Nature Research journals' (including Nature and the journals with "Nature" in their titles) editorial policies concerning publication of primary scientific research can be found on the pages listed below. A list of these journals and a description of the relationship between them can be found here. In August 2015, the Nature Research journals became members of the Committee on Publication Ethics. We will be guided by COPE guidelines, however the Nature Research journals will continue to make independent decisions based on our existing policies and principles.

For details on the editorial policies for the Academic Journals (or non-Nature titles), please visit their websites.


The Nature Research journals' authorship policy.

Competing interests

Nature Research journals' competing interests policies.


The Nature Research journals' policies on confidentiality.

Plagiarism and duplicate publication

The Nature Research journals' policies on plagiarism and on providing due credit for published and unpublished data.

Image integrity and standards

Nature Research journals' policies and guidelines on digital images and their manipulation.

Preprints & Conference Proceedings

Nature Research journals' policy on preprints and conference proceedings.

Peer-review policy

Nature Research journals' advice for peer-reviewers, and policies relevant to the peer-review process.

Reporting standards and availability of data, materials, code and protocols

Nature Research journals' policy on availability of materials and data, and reporting requirements for life sciences research articles.

Ethics and biosecurity

Nature Research journals' editorial policies on publishing primary research reporting experiments on living organisms; and on biosecurity and bioethics.

Correction and retraction policy

Nature Research journals' policy on corrections, retractions and other amendments to published material.

Press and embargo policies

Nature Research journals' policy on authors' communication with the media and at scientific meetings.

Self archiving and license to publish

Nature Research's license to publish policy, and conditions of re-use, for authors.