Nature Communications

Nature Communications  
Discipline Natural sciences
Language English
Edited by Magdalena Skipper
Publication details
Publication history
Frequency continuous, upon acceptance
License Creative Commons licenses
Standard abbreviations
Nat. Commun.
ISSN 2041-1723
OCLC no. 614340895

Nature Communications is a peer-reviewed open access scientific journal published by the Nature Publishing Group since 2010. It covers the natural sciences, including physics, chemistry, Earth sciences, and biology.

The founding editor-in-chief was Lesley Anson.[1] The journal has editorial offices in London, New York City, and Shanghai.

Starting October 2014, the journal only accepted submissions from authors willing to pay an article processing charge (currently $5,200 in the United States), and until the end of 2015, part of the published submissions were only available to subscribers. In January 2016, all content became freely accessible to the public.[2]

Abstracting and indexing

The journal is abstracted and indexed in:

According to the Journal Citation Reports, the journal has a 2016 impact factor of 12.124.[8]


In 2017, Nature Publishing Group announced the creation of three "subjournals" under the Communications brand: Communications Biology[9], Communications Chemistry[10] and Communications Physics[11]. These open-access journals offer a lower publication fee than Nature Communications[12], reflecting their more specialist remits. To be accepted, manuscripts should represent significant advances bringing new insights to a specialized area of research.[9][10][11] Manuscripts rejected by Nature Publishing Group journals can choose to transfer the manuscript together with reviewers' reports to the three Communications-branded journals via NPG's automated transfer service.[13] Alternatively, authors may choose to request a fresh review.

See also


  1. Announcing Nature Communications - a multidisciplinary, online-only journal with an open-access option, Press release from Nature Publishing Group.
  2. "Open Access". Nature Communications. Nature Publishing Group. Archived from the original on 19 October 2009. Retrieved 21 November 2015.
  3. 1 2 3 4 5 6 "Master Journal List". Intellectual Property & Science. Thomson Reuters. Retrieved 2014-09-27.
  4. "CAS Source Index". Chemical Abstracts Service. American Chemical Society. Archived from the original on 11 February 2010. Retrieved 26 March 2015.
  5. "Nature Communications". NLM Catalog. National Center for Biotechnology Information. Retrieved 2015-03-26.
  6. "Content overview". Scopus. Elsevier. Retrieved 2015-03-26.
  7. "Nature Communications". Directory of Open Access Journals. Retrieved 2016-06-11.
  8. "Nature Communications". 2016 Journal Citation Reports. Web of Science (Science ed.). Thomson Reuters. 2017.
  9. 1 2 "Communications Biology". Macmillan Publishers – Springer Nature. Retrieved 2017-12-22.
  10. 1 2 "Communications Chemistry". Macmillan Publishers – Springer Nature. Retrieved 2017-12-22.
  11. 1 2 "Communications Physics". Macmillan Publishers – Springer Nature. Retrieved 2017-12-22.
  12. "Nature Research open access journals". Macmillan Publishers – Springer Nature. Retrieved 2017-12-22.
  13. "How to transfer manuscripts : authors & referees @ npg". Retrieved 2018-02-11.
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