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  • This month, we take a look back on the first year of the online Springer Nature Protocols and Methods Community.

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  • Deep learning has made a resounding impact on microscopy; we highlight the state-of-the-art and potential future directions in this focus issue.

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  • This month, we celebrate the visual beauty of scientific images and drawings.

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  • We celebrate the 15th anniversary issue of Nature Methods with a look back on the past decade and a half, and a look forward to the future of methods development.

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  • There are many misconceptions about science journalism. We aim to provide some clarity on how journalists work and how to give interviews about your research.

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  • Technology development research worthy of publication takes place at many for-profit companies. At Nature Methods, we do not treat such papers any differently than papers submitted from academic labs.

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  • Highlighting the importance of diversity and inclusion at scientific meetings.

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  • The year 2019 marks two noteworthy anniversaries in chemistry. We use this opportunity to reflect on the importance of chemistry to Nature Methods and to the broader life science research community.

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  • Dispelling stigmas and highlighting benefits of the Nature Research manuscript transfer service.

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  • Different methods have contributed to a better understanding of the malaria parasite, but improvements are still needed to uncover basic Plasmodium biology.

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  • Software and algorithm development is crucial for scientific progress; we discuss how to improve the impact and recognition of these tools.

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  • We shed some light on how the Nature Methods editorial team evaluates papers submitted to the journal.

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  • Two community challenges assess the correctness of cryo-EM structures; future challenges should help determine the most appropriate structure validation methods.

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  • The NIH BRAIN Initiative is currently in its fifth year. We reflect on its impact on methods development at a time when the program’s future direction is under discussion.

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  • As microscopy methods for studying biology in living samples advance and demand for them grows, assessment of light damage caused by imaging becomes increasingly important.

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  • Nature Methods is one of several Nature journals undertaking a trial with Code Ocean, a cloud-based reproducibility platform, to make it easier to peer review computational code.

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  • Paid crowdsourcing is coming to biology. This powerful approach will support research, though it could also promote unjust conditions for some workers.

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