How To Publish Research Paper In Nature Journal Online

First, don't obsess about it. In chemical engineering, Science and Nature papers are rather rare, and probably even more so if you're doing theory. So, while a paper in those very high profile journals can give your career a great boost, not having one is not a career-breaker.

Now, if you want to know how to orient your research to things that get you a greater chance of being published in such venues, my first advice would be: do something you're excited about, something you think challenging and you want to address. If you enjoy solving the problems you work on, you'll do much better work and get a better chance of getting that shiny paper. Also, you might just be happier doing stuff you like, obviously, even if you don't publish it in Science.

However, it is true that some fields and subfields are over-represented in journals. This depends on journals, but very high profile journals tend to prefer:

  • Hot topics. In your field, it used to be carbon nanotubes. Nowadays, I'd say “nano” is a good keyword, metal-organic frameworks are a widely published system. But… that's not entirely foolproof, because this will change and it's not certain that the choice you make right now will still be a hot topic in 4/5 years.
  • Theoretical work that addresses very basic questions that are not yet fully answered: dynamics of water, the nature of the hydrophobic interaction, the Hofmeister series, that sort of stuff.
  • Controversies, work that challenges common assumptions.

Oh, and if you make it, I claim co-authorship based on the above contribution!

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For articles published after 1 January 2010*, Nature Research allows authors to view website download statistics for their articles. These are available to authors logged into the manuscript tracking system. To view statistics on a published article:

  1. Click on the “Submit Manuscript” link on the top right of this page, select the journal you published in and log into the manuscript tracking system.
  2. Then click on the link “My Nature Research Account” and select the manuscripts tab.
  3. Open the “Published” section and click on the Statistics button.
Authors are able to view downloads and page views of HTML and PDF versions of their articles broken down into daily figures and displayed on a graph showing the accumulated downloads. The raw figures used to generate the graph are available as a download. Below is a screenshot of a sample graph.

* Statistics are not yet available for these journals: Acta Pharmacologica Sinica, American Journal of Gastroenterology, American Journal of Hypertension, Asian Journal of Andrology, Hypertension Research, Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism, Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology, Journal of Investigative Dermatology, Kidney International, Mucosal Immunology and Obesity.

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Nature Research does not require authors of original (primary) research papers to assign copyright of their published contributions. Authors grant Nature Research an exclusive license to publish, in return for which they can reuse their papers in their future printed work without first requiring permission from the publisher.

Nature Research  encourages authors to self-archive of the accepted version of their manuscripts in PubMed Central (for biomedical and life science articles), and/or their funding agency's or institution's repository, six months after publication. This policy complements the policies of a range of research funding bodies around the world, and specifically, is compliant with those of the US National Institutes of Health, the UK Medical Research Council and the Wellcome Trust. Nature Research recognizes the efforts of funding bodies to increase access to the research they fund, and we strongly encourage authors to participate in such efforts.

Nature journals have no page charges, though the publishers ask for a contribution to costs of colour figure reproduction in primary research articles. For figures in which the use of colour is essential, the editors will waive this charge upon request if an author is unable to pay it.

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Nature Research journals operate an online submission system for original research papers and reviews, speeding up the submission and refereeing process. Our online system also allows authors to view online the status of submitted articles.

Advance online publication. Articles published in an Nature Research journal are usually published online ahead of publication in the print issue, ensuring the research is made publicly available and can be cited as soon as possible after acceptance for publication. The online version of the paper is identical to the printed version and is not a preliminary, unedited version, which maintains the integrity of the published record.

Supplementary Information. Authors submitting their work to Nature journals who wish to include additional supporting material essential to the paper but exceeding the journal's length constraints can publish it online, accompanying the main version of the paper on Supplementary Information is peer-reviewed along with the rest of the submitted paper. Movies, sound files and other files unsuitable for the print format can also be published as Supplementary Information accompanying the online version of the paper.

Methods. Authors submitting to the Nature journals are encouraged to include their full methods or protocols, which the journal publishes in an online format to accompany publication of the article.


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Nature Research journals are available online via site licences to academic, corporate and government institutions and consortia, adding speed and visibility to authors' research papers.

Free e-mail alerts. Nature Research reaches more than half a million scientists, clinicians and other readers  who have signed up for free e-alerts of the table of contents of its journals, ensuring additional exposure for authors. These e-alerts are sent just ahead of the printed issue, allowing recipients to click through to the full article. Non-subscribers can click through to the article's abstract.

Nature Research subject areas. From immunology to physics, genetics to materials science, readers can sign up for regularly updated focus for a particular field. In Nature Research's journals, and as separate web focuses and features, News & Views articles, research highlights (summaries), the latest significant research is brought to the attention of a broader readership, providing additional reader interest and widening the community of readers for an author's work.

Abstracting and indexing. Journals published by Nature Research are included in the leading abstracting and indexing services, including ISI, Medline and Scopus. Extensive reference linking via services such as Crossref, and DOI (digital object identifier) numbers, provide seamless online linking between articles and databases.

Media coverage. Nature Research's press release provides information about the exceptionally interesting papers being published throughout Nature Research's journals. More than 2,000 journalists and media organizations subscribe to the Nature Research press release, ensuring that authors receive maximum exposure for their work in the world's most important newspapers, magazines, radio and television channels. The press office also informs authors' institutions and funding bodies that papers are being published.

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Nature Research supports projects aimed at making current research available to a broader community of scientists and practitioners. Examples include the UN/WHO organizations HINARI, AGORA, OARE , and the independent network SciDev.Net.

Primary research papers and other content in our journals are made freely available online to readers in countries that are members of HINARI, AGORA and OARE, greatly extending the reach of the papers as well as providing information in a timely fashion to people who might not otherwise be able to obtain it or obtain it promptly.

SciDev.Net is an online science and development network providing news, views and information about science, technology and the developing world. It is a free access website and features several articles a week from Nature, selected by the SciDev.Net editors.

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