We use cookies to enhance your experience on our website. By continuing to use our website, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. You can change your cookie settings at any time. Find out more Skip to Main Content

About the Journal

Nucleic Acids Research ( NAR ) publishes the results of leading edge research into physical, chemical, biochemical and biological aspects of nucleic acids and proteins involved in nucleic acid metabolism and/or interactions. It enables the rapid publication of papers under the following categories: Chemistry and synthetic biology; Computational biology; Gene regulation, chromatin and epigenetics; Genome integrity, repair and replication; Genomics; Molecular biology; Nucleic acid enzymes; RNA and Structural biology. A Survey and Summary section provides a format for brief reviews. The first issue of each year is devoted to biological databases, and an issue in July is devoted to papers describing web-based software resources of value to the biological community.

NAR Methods Online provides a forum for the online publication of methods papers.


The advent of online publication has greatly improved access to scientific content on a global scale. This has led to calls from the academic community for research to be made freely available online immediately upon publication, without the barrier of paid subscription to access.

In response to these calls, and following consultation with journal contributors, Oxford University Press and the Editors of Nucleic Acids Research (NAR) launched an Open Access initiative for NAR in 2005. This means that it is no longer necessary to hold a subscription in order to read current NAR content online.

There are substantial costs associated with publishing a high quality journal such as NAR, for example in the administration of the editorial process, production of the published version, and development of online functionality. Under a subscription-based model, these costs are primarily covered by charging libraries and individuals for access to the journal's content. Under NAR's Open Access model, we aim to cover the costs of publication primarily through a combination of author charges and institutional payments.

For further information on NAR's Open Access initiative, please click here .


Year Impact Factor Si: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
2015 9.202 18 out of 289
2014 9.112 20 out of 289
2013 8.808 22 out of 291
2012 8.278 27 out of 290
2011 8.026 26 out of 289
2010 7.836 30 out of 286
2009 7.479 27 out of 283
2008 6.878 33 out of 276
2007 6.954 29 out of 263
2006 6.317 36 out of 262

This information is taken from the Journal Citation Reports, published annually as part of the Science Citation Index by ISI.


Nucleic Acids Research is covered by the following indexing services:-

Biochemistry & Biophysics Citation Index®
Abstracts on Hygiene and Communicable Diseases
Animal Breeding Abstracts
Agricultural Engineering Abstracts
Agbiotech News and Information
Abstracts in Anthropology
Biological Abstracts
BIOSIS Previews
Biotechnology and Bioengineering Abstracts
Biotechnology Citation Index®
CAB Abstracts
Chemical Abstracts
Chemoreception Abstracts
Crop Physiology Abstracts
Current Contents® /Life Sciences
Dairy Science Abstracts
Derwent Drug File
Entomology Abstracts
Environmental Science and Pollution Management
Field Crop Abstracts
Forestry Abstracts
Genetics Abstracts
Global Health
Grasslands & Forage Abstracts
Helminthology Abstracts
Horticultural Abstracts
Index Veterinarius
INIS Atomindex
Journal Citation Reports /Science Edition
Maize Abstracts Online
Nematological Abstracts
Nucleic Acids Abstracts
Nutrition Abstracts and Reviews
Pig News & Information
Plant Breeding Abstracts
Plant Genetic Resources Abstracts
Plant Growth Regulators
Post Harvest News and Information
Potato Abstracts
Poultry Abstracts
PROQUEST DATABASE : ProQuest 5000 International
PROQUEST DATABASE : ProQuest Agriculture Journals
PROQUEST DATABASE : ProQuest Biology Journals
PROQUEST DATABASE : ProQuest Health & Medical Complete
PROQUEST DATABASE : ProQuest Medical Library

This Feature Is Available To Subscribers Only

Sign In or Create an Account

This PDF is available to Subscribers Only

View Article Abstract & Purchase Options

For full access to this pdf, sign in to an existing account, or purchase an annual subscription.

Subscribe Now