How have articles been selected for inclusion in the Nature Index?

The Nature Index includes primary research articles published in a group of high-quality science journals. The journals included in the Nature Index are selected by a panel of active scientists, independently of Nature Research. The selection process reflects researchers’ perceptions of journal quality, rather than using quantitative measures such as Impact Factor. It is intended that the list of journals amounts to a reasonably consensual upper echelon of journals in the natural sciences and includes both multidisciplinary journals and some of the most highly selective journals within the main disciplines of the natural sciences. The journals included in the Nature Index represent less than 1% of the journals covering natural sciences in the Web of Science (Clarivate Analytics) but account for close to 30% of total citations to natural science journals.

Two panels of independent scientists are responsible for selection of journals: one drawn from the physical sciences, the other from the life sciences.

  • Chair of Physical Sciences Panel: John Morton, Professor of Nanoelectronics/Nanophotonics, London Centre for Nanotechnology and Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, University College London, UK
  • Chair of Life Sciences Panel: Tracey Chapman, Professor of Evolutionary Genetics, School of Biological Sciences, University of East Anglia, UK

The composition and total number of journals included in the Nature Index is reviewed on an ongoing basis, with the latest list of 82 journals expanded from 68 journals in June 2018.

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