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Introducing Communications Chemistry


The titles of our three new
Communications journals, reflect our position within the Nature
Research family of journals. We launched the journals
to fill a specific need for broad, but selective
open access journals for researchers who wish to publish in and are confident in the quality
of Nature Research journals. Our journals follow
Nature Research best practice, policies,
work-flows and guidelines. We apply the same level of
editorial rigor to our processes, but look for less broad
interest and significance than other Nature branded journals
including Nature Communications. When I first heard about
the journal, I thought it sounded like a very
interesting opportunity. Prior to this I worked in Nature
Communications as a team manager and we handled a broad
scope of chemistry and materials science content. So during that time, I was seeing
an increased appetite for open access from
the chemistry community. Communications Chemistry is an
open access journal, which means that our readers will be able to access
the papers whenever they want. They’ll be able to share them
and they’ll be able to use them in their own work as long
as they are cited correctly. We’ll also be publishing
daily, so that means that all the research that we publish
will be timely and up to date. Communications Chemistry
will be accepting submissions from all areas
of chemical sciences, including resource from adjacent fields
where the central conclusions are of interest to chemists, so for example chemical biology, chemical physics,
materials science and nature research. We expect, overall for an average papers to be published
within 3-4 months of submission, including time for others
to make revisions. Part of this means is that manuscripts,
which don’t quite make the bar, say in Nature Communications
or another one of the research journals. In those situations, the editors there
might recommend a transfer to Communications Chemistry. We consider articles of a range of lengths
from very short punchy communications through to fuller, extended studies. We also publish reviews and commentary
and hope to provide a forum for chemists to discuss
issues of interest to the community. At Communications Chemistry we aim
to provide outstanding author care. One of the key ways
in which we achieve this is by working very closely with
our referees and our authors to ensure that everything is transparent,
everyone understands what’s going on at every part of the application process. We have a growing team of in-house editors and our expertise is complimented by
our external editorial board members who are experts in their own particular
fields who can support us. We view the role of the editor,
as being the archetypal interested reader. We try to understand why authors
have done the research they’ve done. Why that matters and to whom.

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