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. 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 at http://www.nature.com/authors/policies/index.html.

Visit the pages listed above 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

As with any new journal, full indexing takes some time. Communications Biology has applied for inclusion within Clarivate Analytics Science Citation Index and will apply for indexing in MEDLINE as well as other relevant services as soon as possible. We will update the journal web site to keep authors and readers up to date with the services the journal is indexed within.

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.

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