Volume 575 Issue 7781, 7 November 2019

150 years of Nature

This issue marks the 150th anniversary of Nature — the first issue was published on 4 November 1869. The cover image visualizes the co-citation network for the journal. More than 88,000 papers published by Nature since 1900 are each represented by a dot, coloured by discipline. Papers are linked if another scientific paper cites both; the dot size reflects the number of these co-citation links. The complex network reveals the relationships between papers and captures the multidisciplinary scope of the journal. The story of key papers is revealed in a video, and a fully interactive version of this network can be explored at go.nature.com/n150int.

Design: Alice Grishchenko, Mauro Martino (IBM Research), Claire Welsh. Data analysis: Alexander Gates, Qing Ke, Onur Varol, Albert-László Barabási (BarabasiLab 2019).

150 years of Nature

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