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Welcome to our astronomy community!

A new initiative from Nature Research

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Jan 26, 2018
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Welcome to our new astronomy community! 

The community is aimed at astronomers, astrophysicists, planetary scientists and others who conduct space research. We welcome contributions from the academic community, including graduate students, postdocs, or PIs — but we also hope to draw from the large number of amateur astronomers or citizen scientists who have a keen interest in astronomy and contribute to research in their own time, using equipment and analysis methods on a par with the academics.

The community is supported by our astronomy journals, including Nature, Nature Astronomy, Nature Physics, Nature Geoscience and Nature Communications, as well as our new journal, Communications Physics, which launched in February.

This initiative builds on our successful communities in microbiologyecology and evolution, and biomedical engineering, as well as new communities in sustainability and chemistry

Feel free to join the discussion by commenting on posts - and enjoy the community!


Image credit: The image shows an artist's impression of the binary black hole system emitting gravitational waves during the inspiral phase before coalescence, which was detected by aLIGO on 14 September 2015. Kalogera. Too good to be true? Nature Astronomy. 1, 0112 (2017).

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Ben Johnson

Head of Communities & Engagement, Springer Nature

I am Head of Communities & Engagement at Springer Nature with a role to provide training, guidance and support on our online communities. I worked at BioMed Central for 5 years, where I launched and developed new open access journals, including Microbiome, Zoological Letters and Cancer & Metabolism. Before that, I spent 8 years in research with a PhD in influenza virus innate immunity from the University of Reading and Health Protection Agency and then as a postdoc at Imperial College London researching smallpox vaccines, viral ion channels and apoptosis. Please get in touch with any training needs, technical questions or general comments!

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