Championing and
supporting science

We want to provide a better understanding of Nature Research — who we are, what we do and how we support researchers to curate and communicate their most significant scientific advances.

Our purpose is to champion and support scientific work and to advance discovery.


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A home for your research 

Welcome to Nature Research. We’re here to serve the research community by publishing the most significant discoveries — findings that advance knowledge and address global societal challenges. Our journals publish not only primary research but also reviews, critical comment and analysis.

From Nature — the leading international weekly journal of science first published in 1869 — to selective subject-specific subscription journals such as Nature Genetics and Nature Physics and broad open-access journals such as Nature Communications and Scientific Reports, there is a home for your research within our family of journals. 

We’re committed to providing more options for authors in the open-access arena too. In early 2018, three new high-quality, selective, open access multidisciplinary journals — Communications Biology, Communications Chemistry and Communications Physics — published their first papers.

Our Nature Reviews titles showcase authoritative, accessible and significant reviews content. High-quality graphics and enhanced content provide context and connection whatever your discipline.

We’re proud of our highly trained and critically minded editors, whose broad expertise and connections with their communities ensure that we select scientifically significant papers for publication. And, by using our reach and the nature.com platform, we can deliver our authors’ work to researchers outside their immediate fields — providing readers with access to articles that they didn’t realise would be of interest to them.

Our editors, your partners
for excellence

Our editors are passionate, dedicated advocates for their fields. Their broad perspectives on their disciplines and daily experience in selecting and curating papers for publication mean that they know what to look for when reading through submissions. 

When they see research that is significant and can push science forward, they work with authors and reviewers to critically assess the manuscript and use our reach and influence as Nature Research to give it the widest possible exposure. Hear more from Kevin Da Silva, Chief Editor of Nature Neuroscience, below.

Pushing forward through innovation 

With Nature approaching its 150th birthday, we’re proud of our heritage, but at the same time we — and academic publishing — need to look forward, just as we have in the past. When there is demand for change and choice from the research community, we need to innovate, experiment, and find ways to improve the process of research assessment and communication.

For a number of years we’ve taken a positive position on depositions to preprint servers, with the aim of supporting scientific discourse. From 2007, Nature Publishing Group — Nature Research’s precursor — even hosted Nature Precedings, a preprint server for the life sciences. Whilst the platform ceased accepting depositions in 2012 owing to a lack of appetite from the community at the time, our experience with Nature Precedings has helped inform what we’re doing in this area today.

Since 2015, the Nature-branded research journals have offered double-blind peer review, where authors can choose to have their identities hidden from referees to avoid potential bias. So far, author take-up has been between 9% and 14% across the journals.

We’ve also looked to improve transparency in the peer review process. At Nature Communications, the standard practice since January 2016 has been for authors to have the anonymous referees’ reports and their responses published with their paper. Authors can still opt out, and about 60% of papers have their referees’ reports published.

For reviewers, since March 2016, Nature has offered them the option to be credited on the published paper if they choose, and the author agrees. About half of referees across the disciplines have chosen to do so thus far. 

Nature Communications has taken further steps to increase transparency and support preprint servers and the role they play in the swift dissemination of research findings — a decade on from the launch of Nature Precedings. Since September 2017, Nature Communications authors have been able to choose to include a link to a preprint of any paper that is being peer reviewed by the journal on a public list that is freely accessible without registration, provided the preprint has been deposited in a community-recognized preprint server.

Reproducibility

Nature Research has long been committed to improving the rigour and reproducibility of published scientific literature. In 2013, we initiated a drive across all of the Nature-branded research journals to improve the consistency and quality of reporting in life-sciences articles.

A singular feature of the 2013 ‘reducing our irreproducibility’ initiative was the introduction of a ‘reporting checklist’ for all life science papers published in Nature Research journals. Subsequently, similar checklists have also been put in place elsewhere in the life science publishing community.

As we have seen efforts to address reproducibility issues spread across the publishing and academic landscape, we have continued with our commitment to rigour and reproducibility as fundamental editorial and brand principle within Nature Research.

Our ongoing efforts are focused on further developing editorial policies, supported by our publishing infrastructure, in the following four key areas:

Supporting content sharing

As Nature Research we’ve also been at the forefront of helping researchers to share content easily and legally. 

From 2014, subscribers and authors to 49 Nature-branded research and associated journals have been able to share the full text of articles with their peers who did not have a subscription, using a shareable link. We also enabled 100 global media outlets and blogs to include free-to-read links in their articles, supporting greater public engagement with scientific knowledge.

Following its success, this industry-leading content sharing initiative was rolled out to all of Springer Nature’s portfolio in 2016. Now named SharedIt, this service enables authors and subscribers to post links to research articles anywhere, including social media platforms, repositories, websites, scholarly collaboration networks and via email. Over 3.25 million articles were accessed in SharedIt’s first year. 

Digital and technological change have transformed economies and industries. Publishing has been no different. Across everything that we do, we want to embrace innovation and doing things differently. Challenging the status quo in the scientific process can take us forward.

The beauty of science

Our art and production teams work to bring research to life, taking complex diagrams and figures and translating them into rich, beautiful graphics and covers. Learn more about how we create these graphics by watching the evolution of four Nature cover images below.

Global reach for your research

Each year research published in our journals generates tens of thousands of news stories, helping our authors reach a wide range of audiences, including other researchers, policy makers and the general public, across the globe.

From the human genome to gravitational waves and climate change, our dedicated press teams in London, New York and Shanghai work to reach journalists with the most important and engaging discoveries and ensure that the findings are presented clearly and accurately. 

Our press office works closely with our marketing teams, authors and their institutions to take their research to the widest audience. Years of outreach to the media means that we work with a vast network of media outlets in almost all countries.

Coverage across specialist science outlets and the world’s leading media means that the latest science news can reach both the research community and the wider public. We’re passionate about science communication and playing apart in championing the role of science and evidence in society.

Understanding the science landscape

Nature Research also supports talented teams of journalists and editors — spread across the globe — who publish daily science news and opinion on nature.com and share it with millions of social media followers.

News teams at journals such as Nature Biotechnology and Nature Medicine, and portals such as Nature India and Nature Middle East, allow us to provide both discipline-specific and regional science news to our audiences. Alongside regular editorials from Nature and other Nature Research titles, this means that we can represent the scientific community and be heard on the issues that matter — from research funding, to reproducibility and journal metrics.

We aim to ensure that the latest and most relevant information reaches you as quickly as possible — and through our curated eNewsletter, Nature Briefing, and tailored alerts from our marketing teams worldwide, keeping up to date is as simple as checking your inbox.

An ongoing collaboration

Our goal to champion and support science and advance discovery is built on our partnerships with researchers — as authors, readers, reviewers and mentors. Whether you’re publishing a paper with us when you’re starting out, or at any point along your career path, we hope that this is just the start of your journey with Nature Research.

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