Biodesign and Nature team to launch npj Microgravity

Biodesign and Nature team to launch npj Microgravity

October 10, 2014

October 10, 2014

Nature Publishing Group and the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University today announce the launch of npj Microgravity, a new open access journal. The journal is specifically dedicated to publishing research that enables space exploration and research that is enabled by spaceflight.  It will also publish research utilizing ground-based models of spaceflight.

Microgravity is an extreme environment in which gravity is greatly reduced. It provides a unique opportunity to not only enhance future spaceflight missions, but also provides novel insight into our understanding of biological, physical and engineering sciences on Earth with potential practical applications for the general public. npj Microgravity, an online-only and free to access journal, captures the discoveries from reduced gravity and analogue environments, thereby providing scientists and science enthusiasts alike a way to stay at the cutting edge with the latest research.

Editor-in-Chief Cheryl A. Nickerson, Ph.D., Arizona State University, USA, is internationally recognized for her pioneering research in utilizing the microgravity environment of spaceflight as a unique research platform to provide novel insight into infectious disease mechanisms and to understand how physical forces dictate the outcome of host-pathogen interactions that lead to disease.

Dr Nickerson says: “With the International Space Station, commercial spaceflight entities, and increasing international participation from spacefaring nations, we are in a Renaissance period for spaceflight research that has tremendous potential for breakthrough advances in diverse scientific and technological domains to benefit life on Earth and exploration of space. I am delighted to be a part of this new initiative, which I believe is exactly the type of platform needed to highlight and broaden microgravity and analogue research into widespread mainstream acceptance with the highest values of scientific integrity historically defined by the Nature brand.”

Dr. Nickerson will announce the journal at an online Google Science Fair event Hangout on Air later today. With Scientific American’s Editor-in-Chief, Mariette DiChristina, they’ll be asking What happens under microgravity?

This is the latest launch in the series of Nature Partner Journals (npjs), a new series of online, open access journals published in collaboration with world-renowned international partners. As with all titles within the series, npj Microgravity adheres to high editorial standards and will publish high-quality open research.

Martin Delahunty, Global Head of Partnership Journals at Nature Publishing Group says: “For over fifty years, humanity’s imagination has been captured by what lies beyond our own small planet. The research undertaken into space exploration has even led to technological advances which affect our everyday life. And for the first time, scientists looking to publish on this topic will have the option of choosing a high quality, dedicated journal which is open to all.”

npj Microgravity will publish scientific research in the life sciences, physical sciences and engineering fields, which is needed to develop advanced exploration technologies and processes, particularly those profoundly affected by operation in a space environment. It will also publish research that is enabled by spaceflight and spaceflight analogues that provide novel insight into biological, engineering and physical sciences to benefit Earth-based research and the general public.

The journal will be open for submissions in late October.



For more information please contact:


Amy Bourke
Corporate Communications Manager
Nature Publishing Group/Palgrave Macmillan 

T: 020 7843 4603 | M: +44 (0) 7703717212 


Joseph Caspermeyer

Managing Editor

Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University


T: 480-727-0369 | M: 480-258-8972


Microgravity! A Google Science Fair 2014 Hangout On Air will take place at 10AM PT / 1PM ET / 1700 GMT on Friday October 10.


The Article Processing Charge will be $4,000.


About the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University

The Biodesign Institute plays a critical role in advancing the research mission of Arizona State University (ASU), a comprehensive public research university that is the second largest in the U.S. The Biodesign Institute embodies the guiding principles and aspirations of ASU’s ongoing evolution as a New American University, as defined by ASU President Michael Crow, specifically, to advance research and discovery of public value; and to assume fundamental responsibility for the economic, social, cultural and overall health of the communities it serves.


The mission of the Biodesign Institute at ASU addresses today’s critical global challenges in health care, sustainability and security by developing solutions bioinspired from nature, including: diagnostics for the early detection of diseases such as cancer and diabetes; vaccines and therapeutics to fight a wide spectrum of infectious diseases; novel nanomaterials for bioelectronics, drug design and delivery; clean, renewable biofuels and bioremediation to mitigate environmental contamination.


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