Nature Journal unveils redesign, expanded content

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Nature, the international science publication, revealed a new look, clearer structure and navigation, and expanded content in the September 23 issue. Nature has been redesigned and enhanced in print and online to ensure its preeminence among scientists.

Nature’s new modern package includes opinionated editorial content, vivid page layouts, improved navigation and mobile apps that position you at the center of the scientific discussion. Online, more analytical and reflective content presenting developments in the world of science in greater depth, are presented as a unified News and Comment section for easy access to these features as well as to the journal’s specials.

The Research section lists the latest research articles, News and Views, review articles, and primary research content available now online within Nature, conveniently broken down by subject disciplines.

The new design also emphasizes the use of charts and graphics that offer a quick summary of the key data underlying an opinion piece or news story. Also, the online Audio & Video section offers a wide selection of freely accessible streaming videos featuring interviews from Nature editors with scientists who produce Nature’s research and analysis. The videos are also available on YouTube.  The selection of Podcasts contain archived copies of Nature’s weekly free audio show. Every show features highlighted content from the week’s edition of Nature including interviews with the people behind the science, and in-depth commentary and analysis from journalists covering science around the world.

To find out more, visit www.nature.com/rediscover. Listen to Philip Campbell, Editor-in-Chief, Nature, and Tim Appenzeller, Chief Magazine Editor, Nature, talk about the vision and changes to Nature. Additionally, view a video walk-through of the changes online and in print.

New Nature journal launch: Nature Communications

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Nature has announced the launch of Nature Communications, a multidisciplinary, online-only journal that is now freely accessible as an open-access journal until the end of September, 2010.

Eleven papers were published on launch, from fields across the natural sciences including evolutionary biology, materials science, nanotechnology, genetics, and cancer research.

Nature Communications‘ features figure preview in article abstracts and an archive browsable by subject, date or article type. Papers published in Nature Communications will also link important chemical compounds to external resources of more information. 

As part of Nature Communications‘ launch, all of the journal’s content will be freely available until September 30, 2010, after which time subscribed access content will be put behind a paywall.

Improvements to article layout for journals on nature.com

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Over the next few months, a new article layout will be applied to all journals hosted on nature.com. The new layout will improve readability, provide useful research tools for readers and authors, and create a flexible framework and infrastructure for future enhancements.

As of now the new format has only been realeased for the journal Nature Chemical Biology A new Article Guide is available which illustrates the new layout and improved functionality.

Also new from Nature is its iPhone app. iPhone and iPod Touch users can search, browse, read and bookmark full text content from Nature and Nature News, and search PubMed. The nature.com mobile app is now available free of charge in the iPhone App Store and on nature.com.

Access to the full text of all Nature and Nature News content through the app is free as an introductory offer until the 30 April 2010.

For to download the free app, visit Nature.com mobile app on nature.com.