Content Types

On this page: Article | Brief Communication | Analysis | Resource | Correspondence | Matters Arising | News | News and Views |  Review | Commentary | Perspective

Article

An Article is a report of a complete new study in any area of translational or clinical medicine. The main text (excluding abstract, online Methods, references and figure legends) can be up to 4,000 words. The abstract is typically 150 words, unreferenced. Articles have a maximum of 6 display items (figures and/or tables). An introduction (without heading) is followed by sections headed Results, Discussion and online Methods. The Results and online Methods should be divided by topical subheadings; the Discussion does not contain subheadings. As a guideline, Articles allow up to 60 references. Additional 20 references can be included in the online Methods section.

Articles are always peer reviewed and include received/accepted dates. They may be accompanied by supplementary information. 

Please note that as of April 1, 2021, Nature Medicine has discontinued the research Letter format. Studies currently formatted as Letters can be submitted as Articles, without need of additional reformatting. 

Brief Communication

A Brief Communication is a format intended for reporting of timely new results that, while limited in scope, are of substantial clinical or public health importance, and that therefore need to be quickly vetted and shared. Brief Communications begin with a unreferenced abstract (150 words) followed by the main text (a single section containing introduction, results and discussion). The main text can be up to 2000 words and contains no headings. Brief Communications can have 2 display items. Brief Communications include an online Methods section. As a guideline, Brief Communications allow up to 20 references. Additional 20 references can be included in the online Methods section.

Brief Communications are always peer reviewed and include received/accepted dates. They may be accompanied by supplementary information. 

Analysis

An Analysis is a new analysis of existing data (typically large genomic, transcriptomic or proteomic data sets, or meta-analyses of clinical studies) that lead to novel and arresting conclusions of importance to a broad audience. The main text (excluding abstract, Methods, references and figure legends) can be up to 4000 words. The abstract is typically 150 words, unreferenced. Analyses have no more than 6 display items (figures and/or tables). An introduction (without heading) is followed by sections headed Results, Discussion and online Methods. The Results and online Methods should be divided by topical subheadings; the Discussion does not contain subheadings. As a guideline, Analyses allow up to 60 references. Additional 20 references can be included in the online Methods section.

Analyses are always peer reviewed and include received/accepted dates. They may be accompanied by supplementary information. 

Resource

A Resource presents a large data set of broad utility, interest and significance to the community. The main text (excluding abstract, online Methods, references and figure legends) can be up to 4000 words. The abstract is 150 words, unreferenced. Resources have no more than 6 display items (figures and/or tables). An introduction (without heading) is followed by sections headed Results, Discussion and online Methods. The Results and online Methods should be divided by topical subheadings; the Discussion does not contain subheadings. As a guideline, Resources allow up to 60 references. Additional 20 references can be included in the online Methods section.

Resources are always peer reviewed and include received/accepted dates. They may be accompanied by supplementary information. 

Correspondence

The Correspondence section provides a forum for discussion or to present a point of view on issues that are of interest to the readership of Nature Medicine. Correspondences should not contain new research data, nor should serve as a venue for technical comments on peer-reviewed research papers, which would be considered Matters Arising. A Correspondence is generally 800-1000 words; it is limited to one display item and up to 10 references. Article titles are omitted from the reference list.

Correspondences are initially screened for general interest, and may be returned to the authors if the topic, angle or content is deemed not to be of high interest to the journal’s readership or when the topic has already been covered in other pieces. Nature Medicine receives a very high volume of correspondence and the editorial team reserves the right to return submissions to authors without further feedback. After screening, correspondences are edited for concision and clarity, and additional changes may be requested from the authors. Correspondences may be peer-reviewed at editorial discretion. 

Matters Arising

Matters Arising are exceptionally interesting and timely scientific comments and clarifications on original research papers published in Nature Medicine. 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

News stories are commissioned on an ongoing basis and cover a wide range of topics, including policy developments and funding trends that directly affect biomedicine. The specific article types within the news section include news features—longer pieces of investigative—and Q&A pieces with scientists and leaders within medical research.

Writers interested in pitching News stories should contact the Magazine editor directly by email.

News and Views

News and Views are always commissioned by the editorial team. They may be linked to articles in Nature Medicine, or they may focus on papers of exceptional significance that are published elsewhere. Unsolicited contributions will not normally be considered. 

News and Views are not peer reviewed.

Review

A Review is an authoritative, balanced and scholarly survey of recent developments in a research field. They are generally commissioned by the editorial team. The requirement for balance need not prevent authors from proposing a specific viewpoint, but if there are controversies in the field, the authors must treat them in an even-handed way. Reviews are can be up to 4,000 words, and illustrations are strongly encouraged. As a guideline, Reviews allow up to 100 references, with exceptions possible in special cases. 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.

Reviews are always peer reviewed to ensure factual accuracy, appropriate citations and scholarly balance. Reviews include received/accepted dates. 

Comment

Comments are discussions of important aspects of science and medicine, usually interfacing with policy or society, that are generally limited to a particular point. The main criteria are that they should be of immediate interest to a broad readership and should be written in an accessible, non-technical style. A good Comment will have a clear bottom line, captured in the title and in a standfirst, and will cover a topic of broad interest to Nature Medicine readers, or that is particularly timely. Comments do not normally contain primary research data, although they may present 'sociological' data (funding trends, demographics, bibliographic data, etc.).  As a guideline, Comments are 1500-2000 words. The use of schematic figures is encouraged. Comments allow up to 25 references.

Comments may be peer reviewed at the editorial discretion.

Perspective

Perspective is a format for scholarly reviews and discussions of the primary research literature in which the authors may express a particular point of view on the topic being covered. Perspectives are usually commissioned by the editorial team. The text should not normally exceed 4000 words. As a guideline, Perspectives allow up to 100 references.

Perspectives are always peer reviewed and include received/accepted dates.