Open access

Communications Biology is an open access journal. 

Communications Biology makes all content freely available to all researchers worldwide, ensuring maximum dissemination of content through the platform. Content is published online on an ongoing basis, thereby providing timely communication to the community and keeping publication times to a minimum. All papers published in the journal are open access, and each paper is clearly marked with the ‘Open’ icon next to the title.

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Creative Commons License

Communications Biology articles are made open access online and freely accessible, immediately upon publication under a CC BY license (Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License). 

The CC BY license allows for maximum dissemination and re-use of open access materials and is preferred by many research funding bodies. Under this license users are free to share (copy, distribute and transmit) and remix (adapt) the contribution including for commercial purposes, providing they attribute the contribution in the manner specified by the author or licensor (read full legal code).

Under Creative Commons, authors retain copyright to their articles. Authors may post the final, published PDF of their article on a website, institutional repository or other free public server, immediately on publication. The version of record will be automatically deposited in PubMed Central and PubMed upon publication.

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Benefits of open access

Open access publication can lead to:

  • Increased citation and usage
  • Greater public engagement
  • Faster impact
  • Broader collaboration
  • Increased interdisciplinary interaction

For more information about the benefits of open access, please visit our open research site.

Compliance with funder mandates

Our services and policies ensure that authors can fully comply with the public access requirements of major funding bodies worldwide. For information and advice about compliance, consult our open research site or contact

Article processing charges

For more information about our Article processing charges (APC), please visit our Article processing charges page.