From a press release issued by Nature Publishing Group on Mach 4, 2010:
Nature Communications today publishes its Editorial Advisory Panel, of over 40 academic experts, on the journal website at www.nature.com/ncomms/eap. A new online-only journal from Nature Publishing Group (NPG), Nature Communications will launch in April 2010.
The panel reflects Nature Communications broad scope, with acknowledged experts in subjects ranging from astrophysics to oceanography and from organic chemistry to palaeontology. International representation is provided by members from Australia, Canada, continental Europe, Japan, UK, and the USA. Further Advisory Panel members will be recruited to ensure the widest possible subject and geographic representation. Invited by Nature Communications Chief Editor, Lesley Anson, the Advisory Panel will serve for two years in the first instance.
Like all Nature titles, Nature Communications has a team of independent in-house editors who are responsible for editorial decisions. If a paper’s importance within the field is unclear, a Nature Communications editor may request advice from a member of the Advisory Panel in deciding whether to review it. This will ensure the journal reflects current thinking in the communities it is aiming to serve, while offering rapid decision-making. Nature Communications is editorially independent and all decisions about the publication of manuscripts will be made by the internal editorial team and Chief Editor.
Early response to Nature Communications has been positive. The journal has received almost 400 submissions covering a broad range of subjects, and a number of papers have now been accepted for publication in April 2010.
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