Aims & Scope

npj Microgravity covers research that enables space exploration, including scientific research needed to develop advanced exploration technologies and processes, particularly those profoundly affected by operation in a space environment; and research that is enabled by spaceflight and ground-based spaceflight analogues that provides novel insight into life, engineering and physical sciences to benefit Earth-based research and the general public.

To provide a thorough understanding of the scientific impact and future of spaceflight research, npj Microgravity will publish a variety of article types including Articles, Review Articles, Editorials, Brief Communications, Correspondence and Meeting Reports. The Journal will also publish a professionally written Editorial Lay Summary to accompany each article, which summarizes the key issues being addressed, aimed at keeping readership at the vanguard of new discoveries on the following topics:

  • human health, performance and disease prevention
  • fundamental and applied animal and plant research
  • fundamental and applied cellular, molecular, and tissue biology
  • fundamental and applied microbiology research
  • fundamental physics
  • fluid physics
  • biophysics
  • earth observations and remote sensing
  • technology and instrumentation advances, including biotechnology
  • complex fluids
  • materials science
  • combustion science
  • astrobiology
  • nanotechnology.