What is a badge and how do I add one?

Badges are a great way to help people find your post, read on to see how to add the correct badges to your post.

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When creating a post on the Community, you will see a field titled ‘Badges’ on the right side menu:

The different tabs available on the 'create a post' page, with the 'Badges' tab highlighted by a red circle.

On the Communities, badges refer to the journal names as well as your contributor status on theThe different automatic and optional badges available to select, with optional badges represented by a list of journal titles. Community. If you are writing a Behind the Paper post, you will have been asked to ensure that you add a badge before publishing your post. 

Status badges (i.e. Contributor, Editor, etc.) are applied automatically, so you don’t need to change these as you create your post.

Other badges, however, need to be selected based on which journal your article was published in. Only one journal badge should be selected. If you can’t find a badge for your journal, please leave it empty and get in touch with us at communities@nature.com

After your post is published, these badges will appear on top of your post.

Three Behind the Paper post summary boxes, showing the title, the image of the post, the author's information and the journal badge.

The badges work as a way of grouping all the posts from the same journal in one place, which can be accessed by clicking on the badge of a published post. This makes it easier for readers to find and engage with your post and other posts they might be interested in.

A collection of Behind the Paper summary boxes for eight posts from Nature Communications authors.


Cover image: First title page of the scientific journal Nature, November 4, 1869. Public domain image.

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