Nature's guidelines for authors say that

Critical comments on recent Nature papers may, after peer review, be published online as Brief Communications Arising

What actually counts as recent in this case? One year? Five years? It would be helpful to know before initiating the communications arising process which begins with direct correspondence to the author of the original paper, so carries consequences which may not be worthwhile if Nature consider the original paper too old to be of note.

  • This seems like a question for Nature, not for Academia S.E.
    – tonysdg
    Jan 10, 2017 at 22:28
  • You might just ask the editor if a comment to a specific publication is still "in time".
    – user64845
    Jan 10, 2017 at 22:55
  • I'm interested in the answer. Did you ask Nature, @SideshowBob? Jan 28, 2017 at 11:00
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    Yes, eventually. Without naming the paper I said it was 5 years old and they said that is recent enough to consider a BCA. Jun 23, 2017 at 16:20
  • @SideshowBob Thanks for your contribution. Did you eventually submit the BCA?
    – High GPA
    Mar 2, 2019 at 8:59


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