Authors submitting to Nature Methods can choose to publish their research using:
1 - Traditional (subscription) publishing model - an article is submitted and is assessed by our editors. If suitable it will be put through Peer Review, and if successful (subject to amendments), will be eligible for publication. Published articles are made available to institutions and individuals who subscribe to Nature Methods or who pay to read specific articles.
From January 2021, Nature Methods will be offering authors two new ways to publish. These options are only available for articles submitted after Jan 1st 2021.
2 - Open Access - same publishing process as above. The difference is that when an article is accepted for publication, the author/s or funder/s pay an Article Processing Charge (APC). The final version of the published article is then free to read for everyone. The APC to publish Open Access in Nature Methods is €9,500.
3 - Guided Open Access - Guided OA is a new publishing model, designed to ensure all suitable articles are published in the most relevant journal, without the author having to resubmit, and at an APC lower than submitting to Nature Methods directly.
In Guided OA, an article is considered at a group of associated journals;
- Nature Methods
- Nature Communications
- Communications Biology
Authors are then guided through the process to find the best home for their work.
Guided Open Access
Article is submitted once; its suitability is considered for a group of three associated journals - please see the list above.
Initial Quality Check
The article is evaluated by the editors for scientific merit and to ensure it is potentially suitable for publication in one of the three journals.
The in-house editorial team assesses which journal is most suitable for publication, and sends the article out for Peer Review.
Editorial Assessment Report compiled, containing:
- An editorial evaluation
- An assessment of the experimental framework, with detailed feedback on how to increase the rigor and reproducibility of the research and align with open research practices
- Editorial guidance on navigating and interpreting the reviewer feedback
- Clear advice on the next steps to ensure further consideration of technically sound research
- The possibility of making the reviewer reports portable with other journals from other publishers, should publication be declined
I. Article is published Open Access
Once your revised manuscript is accepted, your article will be published Open Access. A top-up APC is payable, depending on the journal in which your paper is accepted.
II. Authors exit process with Editorial Assessment Report
Authors choose not to publish. The article is returned to the author with all editorial and peer review notes attached.
We will support journal-to-journal release of verified reviewer reports and reviewer identities, pending reviewer consent to support rapid peer review elsewhere.
PUBLISHING COSTS AND PAYMENT STRUCTURE
|OPTION||TOTAL COST||WHEN AUTHOR/S NEED TO DECIDE|
Free, but access to articles is behind a paywall
Nature Methods - €9,500/$11,200/£8,500
|Guided Open Access*||
*The cost for Guided OA is split into two payments:
- Editorial Assessment Charge, payable after passing Guided Open Access suitability check
- Top-up Article Processing Charge, payable on acceptance
**Editorial Assessment Charge
OPEN ACCESS LICENSING
Articles that are published OA/Guided OA are freely available online, and are published under a Creative Commons CC-BY license, which allows for reuse and sharing. The publishing costs are covered by the author’s institution or funding body paying an Article Processing Charge (APC).
OPEN ACCESS FUNDING
For information about research funders and institutions that provide funding for APCs, visit Springer Nature’s open access funding & support services.
Springer Nature offers agreements that enable institutions to cover open access publishing costs. Learn more about our open access agreements to check your eligibility.
If authors need to publish OA because they are mandated to by their institution or funder, they can choose OA or Guided OA. For those who are not subject to such mandates, they can choose to publish via any of the publishing routes. The corresponding author will need to select which publishing option they want when their research is submitted.
THE BENEFITS OF PUBLISHING OPEN ACCESS
- For authors - their work is seen by more people. Open Access articles are viewed and cited more often than articles behind a paywall.
- For readers - they can access and build upon the most recent work and datasets in their field. Content is available, and reusable for all.
- For funders - the work they fund will reach a wider audience and will have a broader impact.
Regardless of the publishing model, Nature Methods will continue to provide the same high levels of personal author service, editorial rigour, peer-review, and high quality publishing services from our team of in-house editors.
WHAT IS AN ARTICLE PROCESSING CHARGE?
The Article Processing Charge (APC) is the amount authors are charged when their manuscript is accepted for publication. APCs cover the following:
- Editorial work: assess and select the most important research to publish, partner with authors and reviewers to deliver significant improvements to manuscripts through our rigorous and intensive review process, manage peer review, bespoke correspondence with authors, administrative support and journal development.
- Technical infrastructure and innovation: development, maintenance and operation of online journal systems and websites.
- Production of articles: formatting, lay-out and mark-up of articles, copy editing and inclusion in indexing services.
- Promotion of journal and content: making sure readers and authors know about the work published in the journal.
- Customer service: responding to the needs of authors and readers.
Nature Methods aims to provide the highest levels of author service, editorial rigour and consistency. Our in-house team of highly qualified, professional, independent editors:
- read and evaluate all submissions
- decide which papers to send out to peer review
- guide authors and reviewers through the peer review process
- decide which papers to accept.
All our editors come from academic environments, are all PhD-level, and have a deep understanding of scientific research and publishing.