Publishing and Nature Research Journals
Publishing plays an important role in science. In the 21st century, publishers’ roles and services have evolved enormously. In this presentation, I will introduce Springer Nature, the result of a recent merger between Nature Publishing Group, Palgrave Macmillan, Macmillan Education and Springer Science+Business Media. I will reflect on some of the activities of Springer Nature in general, and on publishing in Nature Research Journals in particular. The main aim of the presentation is to show how publishers are much more than a platform for publishing scientific results --- how they can cater for the needs of scientists, today and in the future. I will also discuss my role as a Nature Physics editor and explain the editorial process at Nature Research Journals, including criteria for publication. Finally, I will use the opportunity to provide some advice on scientific writing and communicating research.