Nature Chemistry publishes original research in one format, Articles, which may range from what are typically considered to be short 'Communications', through to more in-depth studies. Regardless of the length, an Article is a novel and important research study of high quality and general interest to the chemistry community. Articles are generally 3–8 printed journal pages in length.
The main text (not including abstract, Methods, references and figure legends) is limited to 3,000 words. The maximum title length is 15 words. The abstract — which should be 100–150 words long and contain no references — should serve both as a general introduction to the topic and as a brief, non-technical summary of the main results and their implications.
The main text of an Article should begin with an introduction (without heading) of referenced text that expands on the background of the work (some overlap with the abstract is acceptable), followed by sections headed Results, Discussion and Methods. The Results and Methods sections may be divided by topical subheadings; the Discussion should be succinct and may not contain subheadings. The Methods section in the main text is limited to 800 words; additional experimental procedures and characterization data should be placed in the Supplementary Information. As a guideline, Articles allow up to 50 references. Footnotes are not used.
Depending on the word count, Articles may have up to 6 display items (figures and/or tables). In addition, a limited number of uncaptioned molecular structure graphics and numbered mathematical equations may be included if necessary. To enable typesetting of papers, the number of display items should be commensurate with the word length — those with word counts less than 2,000 should have no more than 4 figures/tables. Please note that schemes are not used, these should be presented as figures.
Articles include received/accepted dates, and may be accompanied by Supplementary Information. Articles are peer-reviewed.
The Correspondence section provides a forum for comment on issues relevant to the journal’s community. This format may not be used for presentation of research data or analysis. A Correspondence should not exceed more than two printed pages and can range from 300-800 words; it is limited to one display item and up to 10 references. Article titles are omitted from the reference list. Correspondence may be peer-reviewed at the editors’ discretion. Note that Correspondence pieces are not technical comments on peer-reviewed research papers which would be considered Matters Arising.
Matters Arising are exceptionally interesting and timely scientific comments and clarifications on original research papers published in Nature Chemistry. These comments should ideally be based on knowledge contemporaneous with the original paper, rather than subsequent scientific developments.
For detailed information on how to submit a Matters Arising, please follow instructions here.
News and Views
News and Views articles inform readers about the latest advances in chemistry, as reported in recently published papers (in Nature Chemistry or elsewhere) or at scientific meetings.
Most articles are commissioned, but proposals for papers or meetings to be covered in this section can be made to the editorial team — although suggestions must be received in advance of the paper being published or well before the meeting is held.
News and Views articles are not peer-reviewed, but undergo editing in consultation with the author.
Books & Arts
The Books & Arts section publishes timely reviews of books and other technological or cultural resources of interest to chemists. These pieces are generally limited to one page in the journal. Reviews and articles in this section are commissioned, and unsolicited contributions are not accepted, though suggestions for appropriate books are welcome.
Book reviews are not peer-reviewed and do not include received/accepted dates.
A Review is an authoritative, balanced and scholarly survey of recent developments in a research field. Although reviews should be recognized as scholarly by specialists in the field, they should be written with a view to informing non-specialist readers. Thus, reviews should be presented using simple prose, avoiding excessive jargon and technical detail.
Reviews should typically occupy no more than 10 pages in the printed journal and begin with a 100–150-word unreferenced abstract written for a general audience. The main text may be up to 6,000 words. Reviews should include no more than 8 display items (figures, tables and/or boxes). As a guideline, Reviews allow up to 100 references, so citations should be selective. Footnotes are not used. Review articles should typically have no more than three authors.
The scope of a Review should be broad enough that it is not dominated by the work of a single laboratory, and particularly not by the authors' own work. Unpublished primary research data are not permitted in Reviews.
Reviews include received/accepted dates. Reviews are always peer-reviewed to ensure factual accuracy, appropriate citations and scholarly balance, and they are edited in consultation with the editorial team.
Perspectives are a second format for scholarly reviews and discussions of the primary research literature.
Perspectives are shorter than Reviews and may be narrower in scope. They typically present a focused review of a rapidly moving area of science, or discuss a developing field of research that is not yet mature enough to justify a full review. Perspectives may also advocate a controversial position or present a speculative hypothesis. Two articles advocating opposite sides in a research controversy are normally published as Perspectives.
Perspectives should typically occupy no more than 5 pages in the printed journal and begin with a 100–150-word unreferenced abstract written for a general audience. The main text may be up to 3,000 words. Perspectives should include no more than 4 display items (figures, tables and/or boxes). As a guideline, Perspectives allow up to 50 references, so citations should be selective. Footnotes are not used. Perspectives should typically have no more than three authors. Unpublished primary research data are not permitted in Perspectives.
Perspectives include received/accepted dates. Perspectives are always peer-reviewed to ensure factual accuracy, appropriate citations and scholarly balance, and they are edited in consultation with the editorial team.
Commentary articles focus on policy, science and society, or purely scientific issues related to chemistry and are usually commissioned by the editors — but proposals are welcome. They should be of immediate interest to a broad readership and should be written in an accessible, non-technical style. Single-author articles are preferred as this is an 'opinion' section of the journal.
Commentaries are typically no longer than 2,000 words and include up to 25 references. Article titles are omitted from the reference list. Footnotes are not used. Display items (figures, tables and/or boxes) are encouraged — up to a maximum of 3 for each Commentary — but are not a requirement. Commentaries may not contain primary research data, although they may present 'sociological' data (funding trends, demographics, bibliographic data, etc.).
Commentaries may be peer-reviewed at the editor's discretion and do not include received/accepted dates.