Journal Information

Communications Biology is an open access journal from Nature Portfolio 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. More information about our aims and scope can be found here. Manuscripts are evaluated for their suitability by our in-house editors and Editorial Board Members. Learn more about our editorial process and read our Guide to Authors. Our journal metrics page provides information about journal impact and peer review speed. 

Communications Biology has a 2-year impact factor: 5.9 (2022 Journal Citation ReportsĀ®), article downloads of 6,038,013 (2022) and 8 days from submission to the first editorial decision (2022).

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

Why publish in Communications Biology?

  • Publishes open access research in all areas of the biological sciences.
  • Committed to rapid dissemination of important research results.
  • Editorial collaboration between in-house editors and editorial board members.

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 for further information.

Introductory video

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