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What’s in a name? The NPG family tree

Last week saw the redesign of Nature journal, both in print and online (and reviewed by Grrl Scientist). It was also Bora Zivkovic first week as the "new blogs Editor ":http://blog.coturnix.org/2010/09/15/alert-some-big-and-important-and-exciting-news/ at Scientific American.

This news, and other conversations online have raised the question of the difference between Nature, NPG, Nature Network (NN or #NatNet), nature.com and even the nature.com blogs, as well as where Scientific American fits into our science publishing family. We’ll attempt to clarify things here, but if you’re still confused, feel free to ask any questions in the comments.

NPG is the publisher behind all of our scientific journals and online services. In terms of journals, that includes Nature, which is undoubtedly the most well known, but there are also other Nature research journals (such as Nature Chemistry, Nature Biotechnology and Nature Communications) as well as the Nature Reviews journals (e.g. Nature Reviews Cancer, Genetics, and Molecular Cell Biology) and some other academic journals, including society-owned publications (e.g. Obesity).

Scientific American is now part of NPG and we share offices in New York. Scientific American has several local language editions as well as producing the popular Scientific American Mind. Scientific American also redesgned scientificamerican.com and its print issue last week. Other NPG projects include NatureJobs and Nature Education’s "Scitable ":http://www.nature.com/scitable as well as the Elucian Islands Second Life activities.

All of NPG’s online scientific products and services, as well as information pages can be reached via the nature.com homepage. This is probably the single biggest source of confusion as it covers more than just Nature journal (which is nature.com/nature). While Nature Network started off as a separate project, it now also officially falls under the nature.com banner and the nature.com team all have the same boss (Dan Pollock) and the same set of ts and cs that apply across the site.

In addition to Nature Network blogs, we do have another blogging service, the nature.com blogs where all the NN blogs are listed, along with all the NPG staff blogs (things like The Great Beyond, Spoonful of Medicine and Sceptical Chymist) and over 800 selected external science blogs from around the web. There are several tools on this site that do things such as aggregate the stories that multiple people are blogging about as well as identifying popular papers being discussed in the blogs. There’s also potential to provide more similar features in the future. All NN bloggers should have their blog listed on this site and if you login there with your usual login and password you can have a say in which other science blogs to include in our catalogue.

Phew! Hopefully that’s all made sense – we know that NPG can seem to be a big and somewhat complicated family sometimes. Don’t hesitate to ask if you’d like more info about anything.


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