About the Journal

Communications Biology is an open access journal from Nature Research publishing high-quality research, reviews and commentary in all areas of the biological sciences. Research papers published by the journal represent significant advances bringing new biological insight to a specialized area of research. Communications Biology complements the other Nature Research journals by providing a new open access option for biologists while applying less stringent criteria for impact and significance than the Nature-branded journals, including Nature Communications.

Communications Biology publishes primary research Articles (both full and shorter papers), Reviews, Perspectives, Comments, and Matters Arising. A guide to our content types can be found here.

All Nature Research journals, including Communications Biology, apply the same criteria for technical validity and adherence to ethical standards. More information about editorial policies at Nature Research can be found here.

Visit the pages in this section for specific information about our aims and scope, the Communications Biology editors and editorial board and the benefits of open access publishing.

Abstracting and indexing

Communications Biology is currently indexed in:


The correct abbreviation for abstracting and indexing purposes is Commun. Biol.

Press releases

Communications Biology articles that are deemed especially newsworthy may be press released, to a registered list, by our press office. Journalists wishing to receive press releases while papers are still under embargo should contact press@nature.com for further information.

Travel grants

See here for information on the Communications Journals' Early-Career Travel Grant program. Read about our 2018 and 2019 awardees here.

Introductory video

Learn more about the launch of Communications Biology, with a brief introduction from the publisher and editors in the video below.