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Online manuscript review

We strongly encourage referees to submit their comments via our online submission system by following the link provided in the editor's email.

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About the journal

The clinical Nature Reviews journals commission leaders in the field to write clinical and translational content of the highest quality, authority, and accessibility. Content is subject to rigorous review by our in-house editors and/or peer-review, and counsel is provided by an international Advisory Board to ensure comprehensive coverage of topical issues.

Criteria for publication

To be published in Nature Reviews, content must meet the following criteria:

  • Timely, accurate, and balanced
  • Important to practising doctors, researchers, and academics in the subspecialty
  • Interesting and accessible to practising doctors, researchers, and academics in wider specialties


We ask referees to treat the review process as strictly confidential, and not to discuss the manuscript with anyone not directly involved in this process. It is acceptable to consult with colleagues, but they should be identified to the editors beforehand.


Nature Reviews journals are committed to rapid editorial decisions and timely publication, and we believe that an efficient editorial process is a valuable service both to our authors and to the readers. We ask, therefore, that referees respond to invitations to review at their earliest convenience and return their comments promptly (normally within 10 days of receiving your link to the manuscript). If a delay is anticipated, we ask that referees inform the editors straightaway, so we can keep authors informed and, if necessary, find alternative referees.

Competing interests

In the interests of transparency, the Nature Reviews journals have a competing interests policy that applies to authors, editors, and referees. A detailed explanation of why this policy has been adopted can be found here. Referees are requested to alert editors in cases in which they perceive a conflict of interest, financial or otherwise. Competing interests do not necessarily disqualify a referee from evaluating a paper. The editors will consider whether the case warrants exclusion of a referee, and will take statements into account when weighing referees' recommendations.