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Nature Portfolio to expand with three new journals in 2024

Nature Cities, Nature Chemical Engineering and Nature Reviews Electrical Engineering will be new additions to the Nature Portfolio in January 2024

London | New York | Berlin, 16 March 2023

Nature Portfolio will welcome three new Nature journals in January 2024. Publisher Springer Nature is adding to its SDGs and engineering portfolios by launching Nature Cities, Nature Chemical Engineering, and Nature Reviews Electrical Engineering.

Nature Cities, a thematic title relevant to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), will cover research, opinion, and ideas relevant to understanding cities broadly and their place in our changing world. Featuring contributions from the sciences to engineering to the humanities, Nature Cities will grapple with, among other issues, the ongoing challenges and opportunities cities and urbanization have for people, infrastructure, public health, and the broader environment–from local to global scales and through time. “What is lost in viewing cities and their myriad processes with one lens, one vantagepoint, or one place? As our Earth urbanizes and as our recognition of the central place of cities for so many issues grows, we need a journal that considers cities and urbanization broadly, that invites thinkers from across the globe and across disciplines into a common conversation,” notes Chief Editor Bill Burnside. 

This new journal joins Nature Portfolio’s other titles Nature Energy, Nature Human Behaviour, Nature Sustainability, Nature Food, and newly launched Nature Water, in continuing Springer Nature’s commitment to the SDGs and to connecting researchers who are tackling the world’s toughest challenges with the practitioners who can benefit from their insight and analysis.

Nature Chemical Engineering will complement Nature Portfolio's existing applied sciences journals, publishing cutting-edge research in applied chemistry and physics that speaks to a broad scientific community of chemical engineers, chemists, physicists, environmentalists, and material scientists. Led by Tom Dursch as Chief Editor, this new journal will publish classic chemical and environmental engineering but also cover areas closely related to the broader industrial use of chemicals and the challenges this poses, particularly from an engineering and sustainability perspective. 

Nature Reviews Electrical Engineering joins a a portfolio of more than 20 journals dedicated to publishing review and commentary articles in the clinical, life, physical, social and earth sciences The journal has an ambitious goal of connecting the specialists in the field of electrical engineering by publishing the highest quality and impact engineering research perspectives and analysis as well as being an inclusive and interdisciplinary platform for scientific exchange between researchers, engineers and industry.  

Led by Olga Bubnova as Chief Editor, review articles published in Nature Reviews Electrical Engineering will provide specialists and other non-expert readers with an in-depth understanding of the sub-field, technology or application and clearly illustrate the existing gaps and challenges providing various realistic scenarios for future developments.

Commenting on the new launches, Deborah Sweet, VP Nature Journals, said: “All three of these journals will aim to champion and support global progress by ensuring researchers are able to bring their most significant discoveries and analysis to the widest possible audience. Our goal through the journals we publish is to help address some of the greatest challenges we face in the world today, and we are delighted to be launching Nature Cities, Nature Chemical Engineering and Nature Reviews Electrical Engineering to continue with that mission.”

Like all Nature-branded journals, the new launches will be overseen by a team of professional editors who oversee the careful selection, commissioning, fair and rigorous peer-review, accurate editing, rapid publication and broad dissemination of primary research and commissioned content.

Nature Cities and Nature Chemical Engineering, as part of Springer Nature’s ongoing commitment towards open access and the drive for open science, will be launching as transformative journals, with the goal of fully transitioning to OA.

All three journals are now open for submissions.


Notes to Editors:

Further information on the journals can be found on the dedicated Nature Cities, Nature Chemical Engineering and Nature Reviews Electrical Engineering web pages.

A full list of Nature portfolio journals can be found here.

Springer Nature has committed over 1,700 journals to become Transformative Journals, offering optional open access on all primary research. We are committed to ensuring these journals transition to fully OA journals and meet the TJ requirements as detailed here. The full list of titles can be downloaded here, with further information on TJs at Springer Nature available here

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Sam Sule | Communications | Springer Nature