Nature Publishing Group
|This article or section may be slanted towards recent events. (March 2013)|
|Parent company||Georg von Holtzbrinck Publishing Group|
|Founder||Alexander Macmillan, Daniel Macmillan|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|Headquarters location||4 Crinan Street, London|
|Publication types||Academic journals, magazines, online databases|
|Nonfiction topics||Science, medicine|
Nature Publishing Group (NPG) is an international publishing company that publishes academic journals, magazines, online databases, and services in science and medicine. NPG's flagship publication is Nature, a prestigious weekly multidisciplinary journal first published in 1869. It also publishes Nature research journals, Nature Reviews journals (since 2000), and society-owned academic journals.
NPG also publishes Scientific American in 16 languages, a magazine intended for the general public.
The former Nature Clinical Practice series was rebranded and folded into the Nature Reviews series in April 2009. 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 employs over 800 people in its offices in London, New York City, San Francisco, Seoul, 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.
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. 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."
In 2011, Nature launched its first line of electronic textbooks for the college market, starting with Principles of Biology, which was adopted by California State University. The textbook line has been described as potentially breaking down the traditional textbook publishing model.
 See also
- "Nature Reviews goes clinical" (Press release). "Nature Publishing Group. 28 January 2009. Retrieved 2010-06-09.
- Work @ NPG, Nature Publishing Group.
- License, Nature Publishing Group.
- 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.
- Statement from the University of California and Nature Publishing Group, 25 August 2010 retrieved on 15 March 2011
- "Announcing Principles of Biology, an Interactive Textbook by Nature Education". Nature.com. Retrieved 2012-11-19.
- "NPG project". Als.csuprojects.org. 2011-05-24. Retrieved 2012-11-19.
- "E-textbooks are destroying the old publishing business model". Betanews.com. Retrieved 2012-11-19.
- Official website
- Nature Network
- Interview with Timo Hannay, director of Web Publishing for Nature Publishing Group