|description||multidisciplinary scientific journal|
|Area of Expertise||General|
|editor||Nature Publishing Group|
The journal operates independently of its sister journal Nature and publishes papers on all scientific topics, especially the natural sciences . The main topics include v. a. the biology , the physics , the chemistry and the earth sciences . In addition to topics that are not covered by other specialized journals of the Nature Group, the journal also primarily publishes interdisciplinary research, e.g. B. from biophysics , bioengineering , chemical physics and environmental sciences .
The impact factor was according to Journal Citation Reports in 2016 at 12,124, the five-year impact factor at 13.092. This placed the journal in third place out of 64 scientific journals in the “multidisciplinary sciences” category for the impact factor.
Google Scholar lists the journal as No. 6 of the English-language science journals.