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New York | Heidelberg, 14 January 2013

Naturwissenschaften – The Science of Nature celebrates 100 years

Newly established Arnold Berliner Award to be given for the best paper starting this year

Naturwissenschaften – The Science of Nature celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2013. Springer’s flagship multidisciplinary science journal was founded in 1913 by the physicist Dr. Arnold Berliner. Originally published in German, the journal now publishes exclusively in English.
In 1912, Arnold Berliner proposed a journal to Springer that would cover the entire field of the natural sciences. His plan was to “inform everyone working in the natural sciences of what interests him outside his own subject.” The first issue appeared in January 1913. Albert Einstein, who had continuously encouraged Arnold Berliner in his activities, wrote on the occasion of Berliner’s 70th birthday, “His journal cannot be thought away from the life of our time.”
Naturwissenschaften - The Science of Nature covers all aspects of the natural sciences, focusing on articles in biology, chemistry, geology and physics. Published monthly, the journal is dedicated to the fast publication of high-quality, peer-reviewed research. Reviews, Original Articles, Concepts & Synthesis, Short Communications, and Comments & Replies are published in Naturwissenschaften on link.springer.com as Online First articles before appearing in print. Editor-in-chief is Dr. Sven Thatje of the University of Southampton’s Department of Ocean and Earth Science at the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton, UK.
Dr. Thatje said, “Naturwissenschaften has been a continuous promoter of the whole breadth of the natural sciences throughout its long history. The goal for our second century is to promote the exchange of ideas in all topics related to the biological sciences and beyond. We look forward to publishing papers in fields especially relevant to the 21st century, such as global change, genomics, biorobotics, and neurobiology. Today, there are no limits to the excitement of science.”
For the 100th anniversary, the Arnold Berliner Award will be established in recognition of its founder. The award will be given annually for the best research article published in Naturwissenschaften during the previous calendar year. Berliner belonged to an influential circle of physicists of his time; as a Jew, he was dismissed from the journal in 1935 as part of the non-Aryan policies implemented by the Nazi government.
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For the anniversary year, a selection of 100 of the scientifically most impacting articles from Naturwissenschaften will be posted on www.springer.com/nawi