Journal Information

Each Primer provides a global overview of the field and outlines key open research questions. Primers have a modular structure, covering epidemiology; disease mechanisms; diagnosis, screening and prevention; management; and quality of life. Authored by an international panel of academic scientists, translational researchers and clinicians, new Primers are published every week. Our formatting guideline has specific notes for authors.

Nature Reviews Disease Primers is part of the Nature Reviews portfolio of journals. To learn more about Nature Reviews, check out this animation and the Nature Reviews page. You can also find a summary of the editorial input and checks here.

Publishing model 

Articles published in Nature Reviews can only be published using the subscription publication route; we do not offer an immediate gold open access (OA) publication option.  

Nature Reviews only publishes non-primary articles  (such as Reviews, News & Views and Comment articles). In contrast to primary articles (that is, research articles), non-primary articles do not include original (previously unpublished) research findings and may only contain minimal re-analyses of published data.

Six months after the date of online publication, authors of articles published in the Nature Reviews journals can self-archive the accepted manuscript on their own personal website and/or in their funder or institutional repositories. By agreeing to write for a Nature Reviews journal, authors agree to accept our standard licensing terms including our self-archiving policies. Those standard licensing terms supersede any other terms that the author or any third party may assert apply to any version of the manuscript.

Citing Primers

The following syntax can be used to cite a Primer:

  • Author, A. B. et al. Title of article. Nat. Rev. Dis. Primers Vol, Article number (20XX). http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/nrdp...

whereby volume 1 equates to 2015, volume 2 equates to 2016 and so forth.

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