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April 2014

Building on a continued commitment to open science, the Nature Partner Journals series launches with three journals:

npj Primary Care Respiratory Medicine, partnering with Primary Care Respiratory Society UK & International Primary Care Respiratory Group
Editors-in-Chief: Professor Aziz Sheikh & Dr Paul Stephenson

npj Biofilms and Microbiomes, partnering with Nanyang Technological University & Singapore Centre for Environmental Life Sciences Engineering (SCELSE)
Editor-in-Chief: Professor Staffan Normark

npj Schizophrenia, partnering with Schizophrenia International Research Society
Editor-in-Chief: Professor James H. Meador-Woodruff

May 2014

After announcing the series in April, npj Primary Care Respiratory Medicine is the first Nature Partner Journal to publish content, with the first article exploring inhaler effectiveness.

Article | npj Primary Care Respiratory Medicine
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: Investigating inhaler effectiveness

June 2014

Working with the Japanese Society of Anti-Aging Medicine (JAAM) and Editor-in-Chief Professor Kazuo Tsubota on npj Aging and Mechanisms of Disease, we announce our first partner in Japan.

Editorial | npj Aging and Mechanisms of Disease
Aging science comes of age

July 2014

We welcome our first Australian partner, The University of New South Wales, Australia, announcing npj Quantum Information, collaborating with Editor-in-Chief Professor Michelle Simmons.

November 2014

Partnering with us to launch npj Parkinson's Disease, the Parkinson's Foundation becomes the first philanthropic organization in the series. The journal is led by Editors-in-Chief Dr David Sulzer and Professor K Ray Chaudhuri.

Blog | Of Schemes and Memes
npj Parkinson's Disease: Opening Up Access to Scientists and Patients Alike

February 2015

Introducing our first partner from the Middle East, The Center of Excellence in Genomic Medicine Research (CEGMR) at King Abdulaziz University, we announce npj Genomic Medicine, with Editor-in-Chief Professor Stephen W. Scherer.

March 2015

npj Schizophrenia and npj Biofilms and Microbiomes become the second and third journals in the series to publish their first articles.

Article | npj Schizophrenia
The proteome of schizophrenia

Editorial | npj Biofilms and Microbiomes
Introducing npj Biofilms and Microbiomes

March 2015

Welcoming our first partner in China, the Shanghai Institute of Ceramics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, we launch npj Computational Materials with Editors-in-Chief Professor Long-Qing Chen and Professor Lidong Chen.

Editorial | npj Computational Materials
Design and discovery of materials guided by theory and computation

April 2015

Partnering with The University of Queensland and Editor-in-Chief Professor Pankaj Sah, Sir Philip Campbell officially announces npj Science of Learning at the Science of Learning Symposium in Brisbane.

Blog | Of Schemes and Memes
A New Science of Learning, Accessible to All

May 2015

npj Microgravity, published in cooperation with The Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University, with the support of NASA, publishes its first articles, attracting widespread press coverage. The journal is led by Editor-in-Chief Professor Cheryl A. Nickerson.

To boldly go where few mice have gone before...

Space Mice - NASA

September 2015

npj Primary Care Respiratory Medicine publishes its 100th article, exploring how participation in chronic lung disease support programs is affected by patient attitudes and social influences.

Article | npj Primary Care Respiratory Medicine
Understanding patient participation behaviour in studies of COPD support programmes such as pulmonary rehabilitation and self-management: a qualitative synthesis with application of theory

October 2015

We join forces with the Breast Cancer Research Foundation to highlight key research published in npj Breast Cancer during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The journal is led by renowned Editor-in-Chief Dr Larry Norton.

Blog | Of Schemes and Memes
Connecting Minds from Across the Globe: in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Article | npj Breast Cancer
Breast cancer gene test will predict likelihood of spreading to brain

October 2015

In a study published in npj Biofilms and Microbiomes, a team of researchers from Singapore have found a way to engineer E. coli to perform a very different role: it is now a catalyst for a new hybrid fuel cell that splits hydrogen from water with remarkable efficiency.

Article | npj Biofilms and Microbiomes
New Hybrid Fuel Cell Made From E. coli, Gold, And Titanium

November 2015

Research published in npj Quantum Information suggests that quantum computers could potentially address intractable mathematical problems — by sending data back in time.

Article | npj Quantum Information
Quantum computers: a time-travelling boost

November 2015

npj Regenerative Medicine officially launches at the 8th Annual Meeting of the Australasian Society for Stem Cell Research, published in partnership with Monash University in Melbourne, Australia and led by Editor-in-Chief Professor Nadia Rosenthal.

Dedicated to highlighting the most important scientific advances in vaccine research and development, the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston on behalf of its Sealy Center for Vaccine Development, together with Editor-in-Chief Dr Alan D. T. Barrett, partner with us to launch npj Vaccines.

December 2015

A study published in npj Systems Biology and Applications explores how a model of yeast cell cycling developed by US and Thai researchers replicates lab results by modeling reactions on separate time scales.

Article | npj Systems Biology and Applications
Cell cycle modeling: Accounting for different rates

January 2016

npj Genomic Medicine publishes its first articles, attracting widespread attention across social media and in the press.

Article | npj Genomic Medicine
Whole genome sequencing can help pinpoint diagnoses

February 2016

Providing a vital forum for researchers from multiple disciplines to share the most significant research advances in ensuring clean water supplies, we join forces with King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals (KFUPM) in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, to announce npj Clean Water, led by Editor-in-Chief Professor Eric M.V. Hoek.

February 2016

Vanessa Smith, a patient activist working to raise awareness of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), discusses why patient perspectives matter so much in research.

Blog | Soapbox Science
Connecting patients and clinicians: Why patient perspectives matter in research

Vanessa Smith

March 2016

Nature Partner Journals continue to expand in China, announcing a further two journals: npj Flexible Electronics with Nanjing Tech University, led by Editors-in-Chief Professor Donal Bradley and Professor Huang Wei, and npj Quantum Materials with Nanjing University and Editors-in-Chief Professor Steven Kivelson and Professor Sang-Wook Cheong, as well as Deputy Editor Professor Jun-Ming Liu.

March 2016

A study on Parkinson's disease conducted through an iPhone app shows that over three-quarters of the study's participants are happy to make their data available for further research. Writing in npj Parkinson's Disease, Andrew Trister and colleagues suggest the novel approach can make valid assessments of function for patients.

Editorial | npj Parkinson's Disease
Smartphones as new tools in the management and understanding of Parkinson's disease

Smartphones

April 2016

We announce two further journals in the series: npj Climate and Atmospheric Science with the Center of Excellence for Climate Change Research at King Abdulaziz University, led by Editors-in-Chief Professor Roy M. Harrison and Dr Fred Kucharski, and npj Precision Oncology with The Hormel Institute at the University of Minnesota, with support from the China-US (Henan) Hormel Cancer Institute, led by Editors-in-Chief Professor Ann Bode and Professor Zigang Dong.

April 2016

An article published in npj Microgravity exploring the spaceflight-related advantages for medically induced amenorrhea in female astronauts receives international press coverage from The New York Times, CNN, The Washington Post, The Today Show, Popular Science, The Atlantic Monthly, and other news outlets.

Review Article | npj Microgravity
Medically induced amenorrhea in female astronauts

May 2016

Led by Editor-in-Chief Professor Pankaj Sah, npj Science of Learning publishes its first articles. The journal is published in partnership with The University of Queensland, Australia, and the Queensland Brain Institute.

Editorial | npj Science of Learning
Integrating neuroscience and learning: now’s the time...

May 2016

npj Computational Materials publishes the series’ most-accessed article to date, providing an overview of the development, application and future directions of the ReaxFF method.

Review Article | npj Computational Materials
The ReaxFF reactive force-field: development, applications and future directions

June 2016

Published in partnership with Monash University (Melbourne, Australia) and the Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute (ARMI), npj Regenerative Medicine publishes its first articles. The journal is led by Editor-in-Chief Professor Nadia Rosenthal and Deputy Editor-in-Chief Professor Peter Currie.

Editorial | npj Regenerative Medicine
Regenerative medicine: today’s discoveries informing the future of medical practice

July 2016

npj Quantum Materials in partnership with Nanjing University, and npj Vaccines, in partnership with the Sealy Center for Vaccine Development at the University of Texas Medical Branch, publish their first articles.

Article | npj Quantum Materials
First-principles treatment of Mott insulators: linearized QSGW+DMFT approach

Smartphones

Editorial | npj Vaccines
Vaccinology in the twenty-first century

December 2016

Aiming to guide innovation and the transformation of health and healthcare through the incorporation of novel digital and mobile technologies, we announce npj Digital Medicine, in partnership with the Scripps Translational Science Institute, and led by Editors-in-Chief Dr Eric Topol and Dr Steven Steinhubl.

February 2017

npj Biofilms and Microbiomes hosts its first Nature Conference in partnership with Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and the Singapore Centre for Environmental Life Sciences Engineering (SCELSE) – Environmental Microbial Biofilms and Human Microbiomes: Drivers of Future Sustainability.

March 2017

Professor Kamran Siddiqi is appointed Deputy Editor-in-Chief of npj Primary Care Respiratory Medicine.

Kamran Siddiqi

March 2017

Published in partnership with The Hormel Institute at the University of Minnesota with support from the China-US (Henan) Hormel Cancer Institute, npj Precision Oncology publishes its first articles. The journal is led by Editors-in-Chief Professor Ann Bode and Professor Zigang Dong.

Perspective | npj Precision Oncology
Precision cancer therapy is impacted by oncogene-dependence epigenome remodeling

April 2017

Led by Editor-in-Chief Professor Andras Kis, npj 2D Materials and Applications publishes its first articles. The journal is published in partnership with the Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia da Universidade Nova de Lisboa (FCT NOVA) with the support of the European Materials Research Society (E-MRS).

Article | npj 2D Materials and Applications
Detection and mapping of DNA methylation with 2D material nanopores

June 2017

npj Quantum Information receives its first partial Impact Factor of 9.111 while npj Primary Care Respiratory Medicine receives an increased Impact Factor of 2.793.

  2-year Impact Factor 5-year Impact Factor Immediacy Index Eigenfactor score Article influence score
npj Quantum Information 9.111 9.111 1.56 0.00060 4.617
npj Primary Care Respiratory Medicine 2.793 2.804 0.404 0.00094 0.711
npj Quantum Information
2-year Impact Factor 2.793
5-year Impact Factor 9.111
Immediacy Index 1.56
Eigenfactor score 0.00060
Article influence score 4.617
npj Primary Care Respiratory Medicine
2-year Impact Factor 2.793
5-year Impact Factor 2.804
Immediacy Index 0.404
Eigenfactor score 0.00094
Article influence score 0.711

June 2017

July 2017

Led by Editors-in-Chief Professor Nick Birbilis and Dr. Stéphane Gin, npj Materials Degradation publishes its first articles. The journal is published in partnership with Chinese Society for Corrosion and Protection and the University of Science and Technology Beijing.

Review Article | npj Materials Degradation
Materials and corrosion trends in offshore and subsea oil and gas production

July 2017

npj Quantum Information publishes the series’ 1000th article, exploring the possibility of using collective spin oscillations in a ferromagnet to mediate long-range, coherent interactions between a microwave source and spin quibits confined in diamond nanoparticles.

Article | npj Quantum Information
Long-range spin wave mediated control of defect qubits in nanodiamonds

September 2017

npj Aging and Mechanisms of Disease, npj Breast Cancer and npj Parkinson’s Disease are all accepted into the Emerging Sources Citation Index.

September 2017

In partnership with Nanjing Tech University, npj Flexible Electronics publishes its first articles. The journal is led by Editors-in-Chief Professor Donal Bradley and Professor Huang Wei.

Editorial | npj Flexible Electronics
A new flexible venue

October 2017

npj Science of Food, in partnership with Beijing Technology and Business University and the International Union of Food Science and Technology, publishes its first articles. The journal is led by Editors-in-Chief Professor Pingfan Rao and Dr. Sharon Shoemaker.

Review Article | npj Science of Food
Impact of diet-derived signaling molecules on human cognition: exploring the food-brain axis

October 2017

npj Biofilms and Microbiomes is fully indexed in PubMed and accepted into the Emerging Sources Citation Index, while npj Vaccines is accepted into the Science Citation Index Expanded.

January 2018

npj Genomic Medicine, npj Regenerative Medicine and npj Vaccines are fully indexed in PubMed.

January 2018

npj Quantum Information Editor-in-Chief Professor Michelle Simmons is named 2018 Australian of the Year in recognition of her pioneering research and inspiring leadership in quantum computing.

February 2018

npj Quantum Information publishes its 100th article, showing how to use a cavity-QED system to perform digital quantum simulation of fermionic models.

Article | npj Quantum Information
Hardware-efficient fermionic simulation with a cavity-QED system

March 2018

npj Quantum Materials publishes its 100th article, which demonstrates for the first time a fully microscopic model that allows the quantitative study of a fractional quantum Hall system, and shows that it identifies the expected key signatures.

Article | npj Quantum Materials
Numerical investigation of gapped edge states in fractional quantum Hall-superconductor heterostructures

March 2018

npj Biofilms and Microbiomes publishes the series’ article with the highest Altmetric score, exploring biofilms formed by tap water bacteria and fungi inside bath toys.

Article | npj Biofilms and Microbiomes
Ugly ducklings—the dark side of plastic materials in contact with potable water

April 2018

npj Clean Water, in partnership with King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals, publishes its first articles. The journal is led by Editor-in-Chief Professor Eric M. V. Hoek.

Editorial | npj Clean Water
Turning on the taps

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