Aims & Scope

An open-access journal publishing high quality, editorially selected and peer reviewed advances in the Earth, environmental and planetary sciences

Communications Earth & Environment is an open access journal from Nature Portfolio that publishes high-quality research, reviews and commentary in the Earth, environmental and planetary sciences. The papers we publish represent significant advances that bring new insight to a specialized area of research. We also provide a community forum for issues of importance to Earth, environmental and planetary scientists, regardless of sub-discipline.

Our scope covers all areas of the geosciences, climate and environmental sciences as well as planetary sciences, including those at the interface with ecology, sustainability and environmental social sciences. Primary research of interest to the journal includes important insights gained from field work, novel analyses of existing data, numerical or analytical modelling, theoretical studies or laboratory experiments.

We encourage submissions that provide independent confirmation of particularly influential publications.

The submission and review processes are managed by our in-house professional editors supported by our Editorial Board Members, who provide technical expertise across the breadth of the Earth, environmental and planetary sciences. We are committed to rapid dissemination of important research results. Articles are published on a continuous basis to ensure swift communication of findings.

Criteria for publication

To be published in Communications Earth & Environment a paper needs to meet several general criteria:

  • The conclusions are novel (novelty is not compromised by either abstracts or internet preprints)
  • The paper provides strong evidence for the main conclusions
  • The underlying data are generated and processed at a state-of-the-art level, including tracking of uncertainties
  • The manuscript is important to scientists in a specific sub-field of the Earth, environmental or planetary sciences.

In general, to be acceptable, a paper should meet these criteria and represent an advance in understanding that is expected to influence thinking in the field.

More information is available from the following links:
Editorial Board
Guide to authors
Submission guidelines
Editorial policies
Editorial process
Guide to reviewers