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Shubhra on May 31, 2018 • 1 answer
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Hi Shubhra Thanks for getting in touch! We don’t offer individual subscriptions to our Scientific Writing and Publishing cour... Read more »
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Claire Hodge on Jun 01, 2018
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Is a certificate for completing the "Focus on Peer Review" course? I have completed all four modules but unable to locate it, please. Thank you.

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Joshua Sumankuuro on Mar 27, 2018 • 1 answer
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Hi Joshua Thanks for getting in touch and congratulations on completing the course! Sorry you can't find your certifica... Read more »
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Claire Hodge on Mar 27, 2018
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I would like to submit a paper to Nature Microbiology. Could an editor kindly provide some feedback on the abstract? Let me know how can I send it to you, thank you.

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Julian D. Munoz Sierra on Feb 19, 2018 • 1 answer
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Dear Julian, Editors can provide feedback on the potential suitability of a manuscript for their journal, even at an early stage when just an abstract is available - these are called "Presubmission inquiries". Personally, I find that adding a bit more information to go with the abstract helps the editor to make a decisi... Read more »
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Cláudio Nunes-Alves on Feb 20, 2018
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What are the important guidelines that an author must know before writing a research paper?

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Akhil kumar on Feb 16, 2018 • 1 answer
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Hi! Thanks for your questi... Read more »
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Bart Verberck on Feb 22, 2018
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what is most difficult part in writting a research paper??

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MITISHA GOYAL on Feb 16, 2018 • 1 answer
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Dear Mitisha, this really varies from person to person, but I see a number of people struggle with clearly stating what their main findings are, and how their interpretations derive from these results. It's important to remember that not all readers will be familiar with your methods, or how the data you use are interpret... Read more »
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Alicia Newton on Feb 19, 2018
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What important points should be included in the abstract of research paper?

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Aditi Rehan on Feb 16, 2018 • 1 answer
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Hi Aditi, Thanks for your question. Ideally, the abstract should contain the following elements: - Background: the general topic of your study, general information that the reader needs to know as an introduction to the next part of the abstra... Read more »
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Andrea Aguilar on Feb 19, 2018
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How long do editors spend a reading paper?Do they read the whole paper?

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Jasmine on Feb 15, 2018 • 1 answer
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Hi Jasmine, Yes, editors do read the full paper - always. There is no rule as to how long it takes, it varies from paper to paper and depends on many factors, e... Read more »
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Anke Sparmann on Feb 19, 2018
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If someone gave me an advice regarding my research, what position do they hold in my paper? Should I include them as an author?

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Jassimran Virdi on Feb 14, 2018 • 1 answer
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Hi Jassimran, thank you for your question. Acknowledgements are an excellent place to include colleagues who have made contributions such as the one you describe: giving advice, reading and giving notes on a manuscript in preparation, providing helpful discussion on the layout or structure of the future article e... Read more »
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Andrea Aguilar on Feb 14, 2018
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So why did Nature publish a number of malaria parasite genomes that were not fully annotated and not chromosome length as they missed much of the sub-telomeric region:http://www.nature.com/ng/journal?

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Erica Pasini on Apr 13, 2017 • 1 answer
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Hi Erica, Thanks for your follow up question. As mentioned previously, we cannot discuss individual papers in this way, but can let you know that all papers submitted to Nature are considered on the basis of scientific significance, and all published papers undergo robust, rigorous peer revi... Read more »
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Jill Adie on Jun 28, 2017
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I was wondering why Nature publishes draft genomes, how genome papers are assessed for completeness and whether Nature realizes the damage they make to the scientific community by publishing drafts?

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Erica Pasini on Apr 07, 2017 • 1 answer
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Genome sequences are obtained for many scientific purposes, from ensuring the antiviral transgene in papaya was in a defined place for regulatory reasons, to understanding the gene complex determining mating behavior in the ruff - http://www.readcube.com/articles/10.1038/ng.3483 The reason Nature journals insist upon annotated, chromosome-length reference assemblies preferably anchored to a linkage map is that these high quality genomes are more broadly useful to the scientific community, for example the spotted gar: http://www.readcube.com/articles/10.1038/ng.3526
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Myles Axton on Apr 12, 2017
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When I spoke to researchers at Columbia university, there were a number of questions for our editors:

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David Rogers on Mar 29, 2017 • 3 answers
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And regarding the question about getting feedback prior to submitting a paper, submission, there is a video titled 'Presubmission enquiries at scientific journals' that covers this. Here is a link to that video: https://masterclasses.nature.com/courses/28/videos/520 You might find the module 'Submitting Your Paper' particularly useful for answering further questions in this area.
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David Rogers on Mar 31, 2017
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Hi I'm taking the Masterclasses on Scientific writing and publishing and this paper came out in the Vol 543 of Nature (doi: 10.1038/nature21407). I'm wandering how it got published in Nature.

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Laurent Fattet on Mar 08, 2017 • 1 answer
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Hi Laurent, Thanks for your question. We cannot discuss individual papers in this way, but can let you know that all papers submitted to Nature are considered on the basis of scientific significance, and all published papers undergo robust, rigorous peer revi... Read more »
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Jill Adie on Mar 13, 2017
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When the authors choose the double-blind peer review system, is it their responsibility to mask their information in the manuscript or will it be done by the editor?

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Michal Lipinski on Feb 20, 2017 • 1 answer
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Thanks for your question Michal. The editorial office will remove information about the authors' names and affiliations from the manuscript file, however it is the author's responsibility to ensure that information about authorship is not given away, for example, by wording such as 'in our previous work (ref X)'.
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Elisa De Ranieri on Feb 23, 2017
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How can you become a professional editor of a scientific journal?

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Michal Lipinski on Feb 10, 2017 • 1 answer
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There are many routes into this profession. If you watch some of our editors' introductory videos: https://masterclasses.nature.com/channels/251-our-editors you will start to get a sense of how they moved from the lab into editorial wo... Read more »
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David Rogers on Feb 17, 2017
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Does presentation of novel data (for example posters/talks at conferences) decrease the chance of publishing in Nature ('the data is not novel anymore')?

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Martin Neukam on Feb 04, 2017 • 1 answer
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Hi Martin. Presenting your results at conferences, in talks, in posters or via pre-prints does not compromise the possibility that your paper is considered for publication at Nature, as long as you do not publish a conference paper or proceedings off the back of ... Read more »
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Federico Levi on Feb 08, 2017
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Is it OK to use tables of data already published to make new statistical analyses that bring novel results ?

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Rafael Zamorano on Feb 03, 2017 • 1 answer
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Hi Rafael, Thanks for your question. In fact, we had a similar question a little while ago, that was answered by one of our edito... Read more »
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David Rogers on Feb 07, 2017
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I would liketo publish old data and original results never published from my Ph. D. They continue to be relevant since the field of research on pristine DNA damage by ionizing radiation moves slowly.

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Rafael Zamorano on Feb 03, 2017 • 1 answer
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I think you can proceed in the normal way here. Just describe how the data were obtained (and processed, if applicabl... Read more »
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Bart Verberck on Feb 07, 2017
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Hi, can a Ph.D student contact for commissioned review papers or it's just for expert researchers?

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Zoya Iqbal on Jan 26, 2017 • 1 answer
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At the Nature Reviews journals, there are two routes to initiating our review articles. The main route, which applies to the great majority of our articles, is commissioni... Read more »
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Darren Burgess on Feb 06, 2017
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Is it acceptable to note in an article the % of contribution by the authors (e.g., 1st author 60%; 2nd author 30%; 3rd author 10% or is there an unspoken contribution about order of authors?

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Debra Ferdinand-James on Jan 13, 2017 • 1 answer
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At Nature branded journals, the author contribution statement should identify the type of contribution each author has provided, for example “Author X designed the experiment and performed data analysis”. It is not possible to list contributions in terms of a percenta... Read more »
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Elisa De Ranieri on Jan 20, 2017
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What is the longest "first decision with peer-review " at Nature magazine? Is there a policy at Nature to make a decision involving reviewer reports within a certain time period, e.g., 4 months?

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Zeynep Aykut on Dec 07, 2016 • 1 answer
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Thanks for your question. While there is no formal policy for the length of time in submitting a referee report, editors at Nature aim to get most decisions back to an author in around 45 days or le... Read more »
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Elisa De Ranieri on Dec 20, 2016
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What are the best steps in terms of structuring, planning, your actual writing?

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Paul Monahan on Nov 18, 2016 • 2 answers
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Thanks to Darren for a really useful answer. For more information on writing the various sections of a scientific paper, as well as tips on structuring your work, visit the module 'From Introduction to Conclusion... Read more »
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David Rogers on Nov 21, 2016
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Is there any problem if i will use some one article for collecting data?

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Khafzam Aljabry on Oct 22, 2016 • 1 answer
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Thanks for getting in touch with your question. If I understand your question correctly, you are asking if you can use the data from a published paper in your own wo... Read more »
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Bart Verberck on Oct 24, 2016
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If one submits a thesis to the university library, does this affect one's ability to publish the same data in scientific journals?

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Anthony J. Chubb on Apr 05, 2016 • 1 answer
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Hi Anthony, Thanks for the question. Most PhD graduates (and their supervisors) are likely to want to publish their data in an academic journal, and with this in mind, some journals don’t consider the academic thesis to be a prior publication of the wo... Read more »
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Jill Adie on Apr 11, 2016
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What is the proper way to alert a someone when I find an author improperly analyzed their data? As a statistician, I find lots of errors in how many scientists use statistics.

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Andrew Ekstrom on Mar 20, 2016 • 1 answer
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Hi Andrew, Thanks for a really interesting question! We spoke to members of the Editorial Publishing and Policy teams at Springer Nature, and they had the following advice: - First of all, you are right that misuse of data should be raised with the chief editor at the journal, but unfortunately, in some cases this does not yield a response - One option would be to post a comment on the online article, if the journal provides for such commenting - Or alternatively, you could use one of the post-publication peer review platforms to raise the iss... Read more »
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Clio Heslop on Mar 22, 2016
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