Nature journals have a two-fold mission: facilitating the prompt communications of the most important scientific developments to the relevant research communities, while at the same time fostering a greater appreciation of these great works of science amongst the wider public or non-specialists. Although more titles have joined the Nature family of journals in the recent years, these core principles remain largely unchanged. In this talk, I will endeavor to shed light on how our editors apply these principles in practice, and so determine which few of the many high-quality research submissions that we receive make it through to publication. As the scholarly publishing landscape is currently undergoing a period of unprecedented change, particularly given that the recent launch of ‘Plan S’ by European Commission is pushing forward the transition to full and immediate open access to research publications, I will also try to show some of the benefits of publishing open access and introduce the measures we have taken to facilitate open science at Nature Communications, the flagship open access journal of Nature Research.
About the speaker
Dr. Yaoqing Zhang is a Senior Editor of Nature Communications, handling a wide swath of manuscripts spanning the areas of inorganic chemistry, with a particular focus on solid state ionics and electrochemical energy storage. He held a research assistant professorship in Tokyo Institute of Technology before embarking on the editorial career. Yaoqing received his PhD in chemistry in the UK followed by the postdoctoral training in Japan. His own research interests are in the study of solid-state chemistry, new materials and superconductivity. Yaoqing is based in the Shanghai office.