Washington, DC – The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) is pleased to announce the publication of the inaugural issue of PNAS Nexus, a selective, open access journal with a focus on multi-, trans-, and inter-disciplinary work across the biological, physical, and social sciences, and mathematics, particularly encompassing engineering and health sciences. The journal is published under the leadership of Editor-in-Chief Karen Nelson and in partnership with Oxford University Press (OUP).

In her inaugural editorial in PNAS Nexus, Karen Nelson notes: “The editorial board of PNAS Nexus is proud to announce the first issue of this open access, interdisciplinary peer-reviewed journal. This new sibling journal to PNAS holds a special place in history. It is the first fully open access journal that has an extensive editorial board representing the three academies. PNAS Nexus is highly multidisciplinary as well as interdisciplinary in scope, and its goal is to publish original research findings and perspectives from across the spectrum of the biological, physical, and social sciences, as well as the fields of engineering and medicine.”

PNAS Nexus issues will publish every 2 months. Accepted manuscripts will be published throughout the week in the journal’s “Advance Articles” section as early versions shortly after acceptance. Copyedited, typeset articles will appear in the open issue as the version of record. There is no media embargo on articles in PNAS Nexus, and the journal may issue press releases on selected articles. The inaugural issue opens on March 2, 2022, and additional content will appear online until the issue closes on April 30, 2022.

The inaugural issue features three editorials on the journal’s mission and scope from the president of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the National Academy of Medicine, respectively, in addition to the editorial from Editor-in-Chief Karen Nelson. Among other noteworthy articles in the issue are a study of targeted SARS-CoV-2 vaccination strategies that provides insights into health disparities among historically marginalized populations; an article on human evolution that explores differences in posture and locomotion between modern humans and Neanderthals; and a study of the effects of daylight and twilight, as well as the switch to Daylight Saving Time, on bicycle use. Also included in the issue is a Perspective in which researchers draw inspiration from economist E.F. Schumacher’s 1973 book, Small is Beautiful, to render climate change science more accessible and adapted to the complexities of local situations.

Articles in the inaugural issue can be found at the link below:


About Karen Nelson

Karen E. Nelson was elected to the NAS in 2017 in recognition of her groundbreaking work in microbial genomics and metagenomics. She was named ARCS Scientist of the Year in 2017, elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology, inducted into the Indian National Academy of Sciences, and is an Honorary Professor at the University of the West Indies as well as a Helmholtz International Fellow. Dr. Nelson received an undergraduate degree from the University of the West Indies and a PhD from Cornell University. She is chief scientific officer at Thermo Fisher Scientific.

About PNAS Nexus

PNAS Nexus is an open access scientific journal focused on the publication of high-quality original research from across the biological, medical, physical, social, and political sciences, and engineering and mathematics. Of particular interest are articles with broad, interdisciplinary appeal. PNAS Nexus considers new submissions as well as manuscripts that are determined to be more appropriate for PNAS Nexus after review by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).

A sibling journal to PNAS, the flagship journal of the NAS, PNAS Nexus provides comprehensive scientific coverage through the timely dissemination of original research from the fields of engineering and medicine, as well as studies in the social, political, and economic sciences, and the biological and physical sciences and mathematics. The Editorial Board of PNAS Nexus includes NAS, NAE, and NAM members, as well as select nonmembers who work in emerging fields not yet covered by academy membership.

For more information about PNAS Nexus, contact OUP Marketing Manager Amelia Storck at amelia.storck@oup.com.