Astronomy across Nature Research

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As a growing company, Nature Research is able to publish ever more papers in astronomy, astrophysics and planetary science. But these papers are published in separate journals, directed at different parts of the community, across independent websites. And there is often more to a paper than meets the eye, whether it is a fascinating back story or a glorious image that didn’t fit in the journal. 

With this integrated Community site, it will be easier to engage with the editors and other members with similar interests. The idea is to provide a forum to complement the journals collectively. We hope that people will enjoy browsing posts from editors, authors and contributors from the public and taking part in discussions or information sharing. These posts can contain text, images or video. 

We’re launching with a limited number of ‘channels’ and we will be adding categories as the site becomes more populated. As examples, ‘Behind the paper’ posts are written by the authors of recently published papers, ‘On the road’ will cover conferences and site/lab visits, and no astronomy website would be complete without a ‘Gallery’ of images. In this case, we will be including images submitted as cover art (with the authors’ permission of course). 

The Community is open to everyone, and anyone can post or comment on posts. If you wish to become a Contributor so that your posts will appear in the latest content on the homepage, in the channels and the weekly email, please contact us through If you would like to post a question for the editors, just click on the ‘Q&A’ icon in the menu on the left or at the top right of the page (below the banner image) and we will do our best to answer it as quickly as possible. I look forward to hearing from you.

May Chiao

Chief Editor, Nature Astronomy

May started as a locum editor at Nature in 2003, and then joined the launch team of Nature Physics, handling a range of topics in the physical sciences. In 2016, she became Chief Editor of Nature Astronomy, which launched in 2017. May holds a physics degree from the University of British Columbia, and was a budding radio astronomer at the Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics in Ottawa. She changed course as a PhD student at McGill University, where she specialised in superconductivity. For her postdoctoral work at the University of Cambridge and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich, she further branched into quantum matter under extreme temperature, pressure and magnetic fields. As an editor she enjoys learning new things everyday.