Reviewing computational papers

Reviewing papers reporting algorithmic developments and/or new software in the biological literature is no easy task. In this month’s editorial we discuss some of our experiences with this type of peer review over the past years. You can read the editorial here.  Read more

Anniversary Issue Cover

Anniversary Issue Cover

Over the summer we asked for contributions from our readers for the cover of our tenth anniversary issue. We asked for images of the number “10” made using biological research tools and techniques. We were delighted to have many excellent submissions and to be able to use them all on the cover. Here is a bit more detail about these images.  Read more

Light sheet imaging in Nature Methods

It was only a few months before Nature Methods was launched in October 2004 that Jan Huisken and Ernst Stelzer had published a paper in Science in which they used light sheet microscopy – what they called selective plane illumination microscopy or SPIM – to image fluorescence within transgenic embryos. Simplistically put, this century-old technique achieves optical sectioning by illuminating a sample through its width with a thin sheet of light. In the last decade, Nature Methods has published a steady stream of papers reporting developments in light-sheet imaging. Here are the highlights.  Read more