Editorial Policies

As part of the Nature Portfolio, Nature Materials has common policies that our authors and prospective authors must follow. We reserve the right to decline publication of a paper even after it has been accepted if it becomes apparent that there are serious problems with the scientific content or violations of our publishing policies.


All prospective authors should read and follow these policies:

Overlapping submissions

When you submit a manuscript to Nature Materials its content must not significantly overlap with any other papers from you or your co-authors’ groups that are under consideration or in press at other journals, with the exception of conference abstracts. We do, however, support the posting of preprints; you can find out more here.              

Related manuscripts

If you submit a related manuscript to any other journal while the submission to Nature Materials is under consideration, you must send us a copy of the related manuscript and details of its progress towards publication.


If we send your manuscript out for peer review, we will ask you for more information to help ensure that you comply with our policies and reporting standards; what we require may vary depending on the journal you are submitting to. In all cases, the corresponding author will receive an email from the journal editor detailing which documents from the list below need to be completed.

For all manuscripts

Editorial Policy Checklist

This ensures compliance with our editorial policies related to research ethics and reproducibility, as well as competing interests, authorship, data and code availability.

For manuscripts in the life sciences, clinical sciences, behavioural & social sciences and ecology, evolution & environmental sciences

Reporting summary

This structured form provides a consistent template intended to support our policies on transparent reporting. See here and here for more information about our policies on transparent reporting.

For manuscripts in