I need to write a letter to Nature and a friend of mine said that Nature wants the Author to follow a very precise format.

He said that the explanation of the structure of the format is an example of a letter in which: there were different colours for the different sections, it also explained what to write in each section and which words use/don't use etc

Does anybody know the link where I can find such information?

  • Your question seems unclear to me. Do you want to submit a paper to the journal? Or just write a letter and ask them something?!
    – enthu
    Commented Aug 30, 2014 at 13:38
  • @EnthusiasticStudent: Nature has a section for "letters" which are really very short papers, or at least research announcements. I assume that's what's meant here. Commented Aug 30, 2014 at 14:51

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Such information is invariably posted on a journal's website, and Nature is no exception. Go to Nature's current issue website, click "For Authors" and "Manuscript Formatting Guide". Under "Letters" there is an "annotated example" which looks like what you are describing.

  • It looks to me like the colorization isn't required. It's just there to illuminate the required sections in the summary paragraph.
    – Bill Barth
    Commented Aug 30, 2014 at 15:01
  • Yes, it's true! Commented Aug 30, 2014 at 16:40

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