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How to assess innovation across disciplines

Ai Lin Chun, one of the Nature Nanotechnology editors, writes on Nature Network that the journal has received a few voluntary comments from referees recently on the topic of innovative (creative) papers versus those bridging the gap between ‘pure’ nanotechnology and applied clinical research. She explains that papers submitted to Nature Nanotechnlogy in the field of nanomedicine often struggle during the peer-review process for these and other reasons, providing a challenge for the editors in making their decisions about publication. 

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