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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Not to be confused with Cells journal or Cell Journal. Cell Press. Open access. Impact factor Reed Elsevier. Archived from the original on Archived from the original PDF on The Nature journals differ from most other journals in that they do not have editorial boards, but are instead run by professional editors who consult widely among the scientific community in making decisions about publication of papers. This article is to provide you with an overview of the general editorial processes of these unique journals.
The following sections summarise the journals' editorial processes and describe how manuscripts are handled by editors between submission and publication.
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At all stages of the process, you can access the online submission system and find the status of your manuscript. Researchers may obtain informal feedback from editors before submitting the whole manuscript. This service is intended to save you time — if the editors feel it would not be suitable, you can submit the manuscript to another journal without delay.
If you wish to use the presubmission enquiry service, please use the online system of the journal of your choice to send a paragraph explaining the importance of your manuscript, as well as the abstract or summary paragraph with its associated citation list so the editors may judge the manuscript in relation to other related work.
The editors will quickly either invite you to submit the whole manuscript which does not mean any commitment to publication , or will say that it is not suitable for the journal. If you receive a negative response, please do not reply. If you are convinced of the importance of your manuscript despite editors' reservations, you may submit the whole manuscript using the journal's online submission system.
The editors can then make a more complete assessment of your work. When you are ready to submit the manuscript, please use the online submission system for the journal concerned. When the journal receives your manuscript, it will be assigned a number and an editor, who reads the manuscript, seeks informal advice from scientific advisors and editorial colleagues, and compares your submission to other recently published papers in the field.
If the manuscript seems novel and arresting, and the work described has both immediate and far-reaching implications, the editor will send it out for peer review, usually to two or three independent specialists. However, because the journals can publish only a few of the manuscripts in the field or subfield concerned, many manuscripts have to be declined without peer review even though they may describe solid scientific results. In some cases, an editor is unable to offer publication, but might suggest that the manuscript is more suitable for one of the other Nature journals. If you wish to resubmit your manuscript to the suggested journal, you can simply follow the link provided by the editor to transfer your manuscript and the reviewers' comments to the new journal.
This process is entirely in your control: you can choose not to use this service and instead to submit your manuscript to any other Nature or Research journal, with or without including the reviewers' comments if you wish, using the journal's usual online submission service. The corresponding author is notified by email when an editor decides to send a manuscript for review.
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The editors choose referees for their independence, ability to evaluate the technical aspects of the paper fully and fairly, whether they are currently or recently assessing related submissions, and whether they can review the manuscript within the short time requested. You may suggest referees for your manuscript including address details , so long as they are independent scientists. These suggestions are often helpful, although they are not always followed.
Editors will honour your requests to exclude a limited number of named scientists as reviewers. The decision letter will specify a deadline, and revisions that are returned within this period will retain their original submission date.
Additional supplementary information is published with the online version of your article if the editors and referees have judged that it is essential for the conclusions of the article for example, a large table of data or the derivation of a model but of more specialist interest than the rest of the article. Editors encourage authors whose articles describe methods to provide a summary of the method for the print version and to include full details and protocols online.
Your accepted manuscript is prepared for publication by copy editors also called subeditors , who refine it so that the text and figures are readable and clear to those outside the immediate field; choose keywords to maximize visibility in online searches as well as suitable for indexing services; and ensure that the manuscripts conform to house style. The copy editors are happy to give advice to authors whose native language is not English, and will edit those papers with special care.
Many linking and navigational services are provided with the online HTML version of all articles published by the Nature journals. All articles and contact details of corresponding authors are included in our press release service, which means that your work is drawn to the attention of all the main media organizations in the world, who may choose to feature the work in newspaper and other media reports.
Some articles are summarized and highlighted within Nature and Nature Research publications and subject-specific websites. This allows you to archive the accepted version of your manuscript six months after publication on your own, your institution's, and your funder's websites. If a journal's editors are unable to offer publication of a manuscript and have not invited resubmission, you are strongly advised to submit your manuscript for publication elsewhere.
However, if you believe that the editors or reviewers have seriously misunderstood your manuscript, you may write to the editors, explaining the scientific reasons why you believe the decision was incorrect. Please bear in mind that editors prioritise newly submitted manuscripts and manuscripts where resubmission has been invited, so it can take several weeks before letters of disagreement can be answered. During this time, you must not submit your manuscript elsewhere. In the interests of publishing your results without unnecessary delay, we therefore advise you to submit your manuscript to another journal if it has been declined, rather than to spend time on corresponding further with the editors of the declining journal.
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For these papers, we upload the accepted manuscript to our website as an AAP PDF, without subediting of text, figures or tables, but with some preliminary formatting. Each journal's website includes an AOP table of contents, in which papers are listed in order of publication date beginning with the most recent. Each paper carries a digital object identifier DOI , which serves as a unique electronic identification tag for that paper.
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