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As I was reading today an article from Nature I was wondering. Does anybody knows what's the difference between articles and letter in the Nature Journal?

The blog of Nature points out the following:

Articles are original reports whose conclusions represent a substantial advance in understanding of an important problem and have immediate, far-reaching implications.

Letters are short reports of original research focused on an outstanding finding whose importance means that it will be of interest to scientists in other fields.

Source: http://blogs.nature.com/nautilus/2009/12/difference_between_nature_arti.html

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They have a difference in the allowed length, and the importance of the results. Articles are longer and supposed to have "far-reaching implications". In other words, no chance to get an article unless you revealed that the moon is actually made of cheese or the like.

Letters are shorter, yet still very prestigious.

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    "Moon is actually made of cheese!" Thanks for making me laugh so badly! :) – yo' Dec 16 '13 at 13:15
  • How is prestigiousness measured? Is the impact factor of Nature letters higher that Nature article? I cannot find any information in the website – Millemila Dec 2 at 1:34
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    @Millemila prestigiousness is a subjective factor and cannot be objectively measured. Both letters and articles are considered as publications in Nature and feature the same IF. – Ran G. Dec 2 at 7:28
  • Thank you. Should I choose if it is a letter or article at time of submission? Should I format it as a letter? Or will the editor decide after a first inspection if it will suit a letter or an article? I cannot really find anything about it in the Nature website. – Millemila Dec 3 at 15:11
  • @Millemila as I remember you decide yourself and edit the manuscript accordingly. There should be guidelines for authors on their submission website. – Ran G. Dec 4 at 6:18

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