The human genome ten years on, and introducing the News&Views forum

The human genome ten years on, and introducing the News&Views forum

The draft human genome sequence, announced with much fanfare in 2000, promised great insights into human biology, medicine and evolution. In a special in this week’s issue, whose content is free to read online, Nature asks whether the sequence has delivered the insights that were anticipated, and what lessons have been learned from the first post-genome decade. Human genetics in 2010 looks infinitely more complex, and questions about how to make sense of the explosion in biological data are only becoming more pressing. Read articles in Editorial, Features, Opinion (including articles by Robert Weinberg, by Craig Venter and by Francis  … Read more

Content rules, but commenting can add value

Content rules, but commenting can add value

Content rules, writes Nature in an Editorial in the current issue (464, 466; 2010), in which Nature ’s new online commenting facility opens up the entire magazine for discussion. The Editorial is reproduced here: ‘Conversation is king’, according to a mantra frequently repeated by enthusiasts of online social media. But we editors and writers tend to give our first allegiance to content — not least because of our labours to research, commission, select, create and otherwise add value to content, and to do so in a way that informs and stimulates our readers: the people who pay for it. But,  … Read more

Nature Chemistry celebrates its first birthday

Nature Chemistry celebrates its first birthday

April 2010 marks the first anniversary of the launch of Nature Chemistry. To celebrate, the editors have put together a compilation of their favourite articles from the first 12 issues. The selection, from ‘Chemistry goes global in the virtual world’ by Jeffrey S. Moore and Philip A. Janowicz last April, to ‘Single-molecule spectroscopy: Caught in a trap’, a News and Views article by Peter Dedecker and Johan Hofkens in the March 2010 issue, reflects the breadth of topics covered by Nature Chemistry. The collection is free to read online until the end of June 2010. Nature Chemistry first year highlights.  Read more

Tomorrow’s Giants conference in July

Tomorrow's Giants conference in July

The Royal Society and Nature present: Tomorrow’s Giants, a conference on 1 July 2010 at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, London, UK Tomorrow’s Giants will bring together scientists and policy makers to gather scientists vision of the next 50 years, to address questions such as: What is required to enable academic achievement of the highest quality? What will science be like in 10 and in 50 years time? What will be the main goals and challenges? Attendance at the conference is by application. Applications are encouraged by The Royal Society and Nature from early and mid-career scientists with an  … Read more

Nature’s collection on biodiversity

Nature's collection on biodiversity

Nature presents a supplement on biodiversity, in this International Year of Biodiversity. As nations come together to reduce the alarming loss of species taking place worldwide, we hope that these features, opinion pieces, News & Views articles and original research papers will provide a useful snapshot of the problems faced and solutions proposed. All the articles in this supplement are free to read online for six months from the publication date, and a free print copy can be requested. From the supplement’s Editorial: “The rich variety of the natural world that Charles Darwin memorably imagined as an “entangled bank”, and  … Read more

Levels of editing at Nature

Levels of editing at Nature

Q: Is editing support given to manuscripts published in Nature? What level of editing is done? Is this editing done in house or outsourced? Are you and the authors pleased with the level of editing? A: When a manuscript is submitted to Nature it goes through several rounds of peer review – the manuscript as accepted is very different from the version submitted. The peer-reviewers (typically 2 or 3) and the editors provide substantial structural (developmental) editing suggestions. All manuscripts accepted in principle for publication go through a detailed checklist procedure to guide the author both in matters of clarity  … Read more

Nature Physics calls for support of the arXiv preprint server

Nature Physics calls for support of the arXiv preprint server

Funding of the arXiv preprint server must now be shared by more of its users, says Nature Physics in its March Editorial (6, 147; 2010) From the Editorial: The arXiv preprint server has become central to the working lives of most physicists: ‘checking the arXiv’ is the starting point of many a daily routine. Founded by Paul Ginsparg, the arXiv has expanded to include not only physics — astrophysics, condensed matter, and high-energy physics being heavily represented — but also mathematics, computer science, quantitative biology and even quantitative finance. The arXiv now hosts nearly 600,000 preprints from 101,000 registered submitters  … Read more

Nature Climate Change

Nature Climate Change

Nature Climate Change will launch later in 2010. It will be a monthly journal providing in-depth coverage of scientific and impact-based research relating to the Earth’s changing climate. A multidisciplinary journal, Nature Climate Change will publish high-quality papers across both the natural and social sciences, as well as place the latest research into a wider economic, social and political context. The journal’s scope will cover research in the climate sciences but will cast a wider net to cover the implications of climate change for the economy, policy and society. As well as reflecting the traditional core subjects relating to climate  … Read more

Nature’s Middle East portal

Nature's Middle East portal

The Arab world has a rich history of scientific enquiry. During the Golden Age of Science, the Arab world was influenced by texts from neighbouring regions of Greece, Persia and India, and built on them with great discoveries and inventions such as algebra, optics, medicine and many others. For more than 500 years Arabic was the language of science. Following translation into Latin, Arabic scholarship fed back to these neighbouring regions and helped lay the foundation for the European enlightenment and current Western science. Nature Middle East has been created with an understanding of the potential of the Arab world  … Read more

Special focus on genome instability

Special focus on genome instability

The March issue of Nature Reviews Molecular Cell Biology presents a web focus on genome instability. The integrity of the genome is crucial for tumour suppression and for the propagation of genomic information to subsequent generations. DNA damage can result from cellular metabolism, exogenous genotoxic agents or routine errors in DNA replication and recombination. To combat these attacks and maintain genome integrity, cells have evolved a response system that induces cell cycle arrest, allowing sufficient time for DNA repair by specialized proteins. The DNA damage response system activates the appropriate DNA repair pathway or, in the case of irreparable damage,  … Read more