Q. I plan to submit a research article to Nature, but I am not sure what is difference between Nature article and letter. I notice there is usually only one article per issue of Nature, but several letters. I do not know how to decide to submit a manuscript as an article format or as a letter format. Would you please explain this to me?
A. Articles are original reports whose conclusions represent a substantial advance in understanding of an important problem and have immediate, far-reaching implications.
As a retired physician who specialized in child and adolescent psychiatry, a current member of the board of Hamilton County Parks and Recreation and a concerned member of our Hamilton County community, I want to share my thoughts about the positive opportunity that the coronavirus pandemic has afforded us. Our public playgrounds are closed to eliminate the spread of the virus from our equipment and close contact among its users. This allows us to make good use of our natural surroundings in ways that we used to do before public playgrounds were readily available. There is clear evidence that nature promotes good mental health. Playing in the outdoors is a joy. It is up to all of us now to remind ourselves that nature’s balance beam is a fallen tree trunk. A low branch is a perfect trapeze. Creek stomping is a gift. Hiking is perfect for both a healthy body and mind. Hide and seek among trees can be a family event. Crunching fallen leaves produces giggles. A blade of grass between thumbs makes the best whistle.