Publishing Seminar: Behind the Scenes at the Nature Journals


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The Nature journals have a very long and proud history of publishing some of the most high-quality and impactful research in the world. The portfolio now contains almost 50 journals, covering a wide range of subject areas. Nature also employs over 250 full-time editors. Each of these editors is passionate about supporting researchers, to help them to do and to communicate the research that makes the news and advances discovery.

In this talk, Alison Mitchell, PhD – who has worked on the Nature titles for over 20 years – will take you behind the scenes at the Nature journals. The talk will be covering the following topics:

  • What are the editors looking for in a research paper, and what makes a good Nature paper?
  • How do the editors try to support researchers beyond the publishing process?
  • What innovations and experiments are the Nature journals doing to improve the process of research and research communication?
  • How do they decide what new Nature journals to launch and what is the impact on researchers?


Date : 30 Jun 2017 (Fri)
Time : 3:00 - 4:30pm
Venue : Learning Lab 1, 3/F, Library
Speaker : Dr. Alison Mitchell (Editorial & Publishing Director Nature Journals)
Registration : Please click on this link for registration.

About the Speaker

Alison Mitchell is Editorial & Publishing Director responsible for the research content in the Nature family of journals – the internationally renowned flagship title Nature, 27 Nature Research Journals, 18 Nature Reviews Journals, and Nature Communications.

Following the merger of Nature Publishing Group with Springer in 2015, Alison’s focus has been directed solely towards the Nature journals. She is responsible for editorial and publishing strategy, the 450 employees who work on the Nature journals, and the development of new trials and innovations to ensure that the Nature journals provide the best possible service for their authors and readers. She has been working on Nature titles for over 20 years. Alison received her PhD in Molecular Biology from Imperial College London.

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