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Discipline Natural sciences applied to biology
Language English
Edited by Sven Thatje
Publication details
Publisher Springer Science+Business Media
Publication history 1913-present
Frequency Monthly
Open access Hybrid
Impact factor
ISSN 0028-1042 (print)
1432-1904 (web)
LCCN 14013764
OCLC number 01759509

Naturwissenschaften, The Science of Nature is a monthly peer-reviewed scientific journal published by Springer Science+Business Media covering all aspects of the natural sciences relating to questions of biological significance.


Die Naturwissenschaften was founded in 1913 by Arnold Berliner and published by Julius Springer Verlag.[1] Berliner intended to create a German equivalent to the English-language journal Nature. The original subtitle Wochenschrift für die Fortschritte der Naturwissenschaften, der Medizin und der Technik (Weekly Publication of the Advances in the Natural Sciences, Medicine and Technology) was later changed to its current The Science of Nature. The journal is published monthly and the articles are exclusively in English, after a gradual transition from German to English during the 1990s.[2]


The following persons have been editor-in-chief of the journal:

  • 1913-1935: Arnold Berliner
  • 1913: Curt Thesing
  • 1914-1921: August Pütter
  • 1922-1924: Herrmann Braus
  • 1925-1940: Hans Spemann
  • 1935-1936: Hans Matthée
  • 1936-1944: Fritz Süffert
  • 1946-1949: Arnold Eucken
  • 1950-1966: Ernst Lamla (de)
  • 1967-1986: Hansjochem Autrum (de)
  • 1967-1983: Friedrich L. Boschke
  • 1987-2000: Dieter Czeschlik
  • 2001-2009: Tatiana Czeschlik
  • since 2009: Sven Thatje


  1. ^ Thatje, Sven (2012). "Introducing the Arnold Berliner Award". Naturwissenschaften 99 (9): 675. doi:10.1007/s00114-012-0958-5. 
  2. ^ Hentschel, Klaus (1996). Physics and National Socialism: An Anthology of Primary Sources. Basel: Birkhäuser. pp. Appendix E. ISBN 0-8176-5312-0. 

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