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  • As conventions in scholarly publishing evolve, it is appropriate to reassess the options that we provide to our authors. In this spirit, Nature Physics will soon stop accepting submissions in our Letter format.

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  • Progress in research would be impossible without state-of-the art instruments, but their contributions are often underappreciated.

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  • Although science affects humankind’s knowledge, its practice has largely been restricted to a small group of people. The advance of citizen science challenges this idea.

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  • The merits of conventional particle accelerators range from fundamental science to applications like radiotherapy. Plasma-based accelerators are getting up to speed and may overtake conventional ones in the near future.

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  • The analysis of the KATRIN Collaboration’s latest measurement campaign constrains the mass of the elusive neutrino with unprecedented sensitivity.

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  • As in-person conferences begin to make a return, we look forward to the opportunity to reconnect.

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  • The Guided Open Access pilot we are trialling with five other journals in the Nature Portfolio will continue into 2022. We highlight some of the main lessons we’ve learned so far.

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  • Explaining research to scientists beyond our immediate community is a useful skill, but it requires a few adjustments to the way we communicate.

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  • The 2021 Nobel Prize in Physics has been awarded to Syukuro Manabe, Klaus Hasselmann and Giorgio Parisi “for groundbreaking contributions to our understanding of complex physical systems”.

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  • Publicly funded nuclear fusion laboratories are experiencing competition from the private sector, giving new energy to the field.

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  • This month, we celebrate the discovery of electromagnetic rotation, the principle behind the electric motor.

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  • The European Researchers’ Night provides a platform for scientists to engage with the public.

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  • They say a picture tells a thousand words, so by that accounting, the visual word count of a Nature Physics paper doubles that of its text. So how best to use that budget?

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  • Ensuring that a manuscript is vetted by experts is an important part of the editorial process, so we strive to choose the best reviewers to help us do this. How we manage the selection is a nuanced process.

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  • Articulating the case for investment in large-scale physics projects is rarely straightforward. If scientists are to continue to do so effectively in the future, they must learn to grapple with a host of issues that they have perhaps been lucky to be shielded from in the past.

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  • The recent measurement of the muon’s anomalous magnetic moment increases the tension with predictions from theory. Or does it?

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  • The US Department of Justice’s ‘China Initiative’ is unfairly targeting Chinese American academics for their alleged ties with the Chinese government. A more proportionate approach is urgently needed.

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  • A year on from the last-minute cancellation of the 2020 American Physical Society March Meeting, we examine the ups and downs of the online conference experience that has become the new normal during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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  • Unlike their predecessors in the White House, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are placing research and development at the centre of their policy agenda. This change was as sorely needed as it is welcome, but the stakes for the new US administration remain high.

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