Nature Publishing Group

Nature Publishing Group
Nature Publishing Group
Type Private
Founded 1869 (Nature Journal)
Headquarters 4 Crinan Street, London, United Kingdom
Products Nature, Nature Biotechnology, Nature Medicine
Employees >800[1]
Parent Macmillan Publishers Ltd

Nature Publishing Group (NPG) is an international publishing company that publishes academic journals, online databases, and services across the life, physical, chemical and applied sciences and clinical medicine. This includes Nature research journals and Nature Reviews journals (since 2000), and academic journals that are society owned publications.

NPG also publishes Scientific American in 16 languages, and this magazine is intended for the general public.

NPG is a division of Macmillan Publishers, which in turn is owned by the Georg von Holtzbrinck Publishing Group. NPG's flagship title is Nature, a weekly multidisciplinary journal first published in 1869.



The former Nature Clinical Practice series was rebranded and folded into the Nature Reviews series in April 2009.[2] Other NPG services include Naturejobs, containing scientific career information, tools and jobs, the pre-print server Nature Precedings, Connotea (a free online reference management service for scientists), Scitable (a collaborative learning space for science), and Nature Network (a free social networking website for scientists). NPG has offices in London, New York City, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., Boston, Tokyo, Paris, Munich, Hong Kong, Melbourne, Gurgaon, Mexico City, and Basingstoke.

Business model

In most cases, the costs of NPG's publications are recovered via subscription to individuals and institutions. Over 40 journals allow their authors to publish open access articles, with the author paying a publication charge to the journal. The publisher also has several open access journals. Authors are also allowed to post accepted, unedited papers on their websites or the funding body's archives no earlier than 6 months after publication.[3]

In June 2010, a letter outlining the University of California libraries' pricing challenges with NPG was distributed to university faculty by campus librarians with the support of the systemwide University Committee on Library and Scholarly Communication. The letter also described a potential boycott if the dispute was not resolved.[4] In August 2010, a joint statement was released stating "Our two organizations have agreed to work together in the coming months to address our mutual short- and long-term challenges, including an exploration of potential new approaches and evolving publishing models."[5]


Nature research journals

Nature Reviews journals

Life Sciences

Clinical Sciences

Gateways and Databases Subject Pages

Other NPG publications


  1. ^ Work @ NPG, Nature Publishing Group.
  2. ^ "Nature Reviews goes clinical" (Press release). "Nature Publishing Group. 28 January 2009. Retrieved 2010-06-09. 
  3. ^ License, Nature Publishing Group.
  4. ^ Howard, Jennifer (2010-06-08). "U. of California Tries Just Saying No to Rising Journal Costs". The Chronicle of Higher Education. Retrieved 2010-06-09. 
  5. ^ Statement from the University of California and Nature Publishing Group, 25 August 2010 retrieved on 15 March 2011

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