Submissions are welcomed from
researchers all over the world.
Authors do not need to have a connection to
an NAS member to publish in PNAS.
PNAS is committed to transparency
in its editorial review process.
FAQs for authors explaining the review process are
available at www.pnas.org/site/authors/authorfaq.xhtml.
All articles are evaluated solely
on their scientific merit by peers—
not by staff editors. Accepted papers must be of exceptional
scientific importance and intelligible to a broad scientific audience.
of submitted papers
are Direct Submissions—
not NAS member Contributed papers.
How it works…
PNAS Submission & Editorial Review
1 Editorial Board Member—Each paper is assigned to an Editorial
Board member from one of the 31 NAS disciplines.
2 NAS Member Editor—If the Editorial Board member decides the
paper should proceed further, it is assigned to an NAS Member Editor,
a professional scientist and active researcher, who oversees the review
process and determines suitability of the work for PNAS.
3 Independent Peer Reviewers—Recognized subject experts are
selected by the Member Editor to review the work.
PNAS uses a three-tier review process.
An NAS member makes the final decision for every paper