Journal Information

Communications Earth & Environment is an open access journal from Nature Portfolio publishing high-quality research, reviews and commentary in all areas of the Earth, environmental and planetary sciences. Research papers published by the journal represent significant advances that bring new insight to a specialized area in Earth science, planetary science or environmental science. Communications Earth & Environment complements the other Nature Portfolio journals by providing a high-quality open access option for the Earth, environmental and planetary sciences while applying somewhat less stringent criteria for impact and significance than the Nature-branded journals, including Nature Communications.

Communications Earth & Environment has a 2-year impact factor of 7.9 (2022 Journal Citation ReportsĀ®). Articles published in the journal in 2022 were downloaded 1,412,858 times. Median time from submission to the first editorial decision is 8 days.

Articles in  Communications Earth & Environment were downloaded 6,473 times on average in the first 12 months after publication.

*Based on article downloads after publication August 2020 to Jan 2021

Communications Earth & Environment publishes primary research Articles, Reviews, Perspectives, Comments, and Matters Arising. A guide to our content types can be found here.

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

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

Why publish in Communications Earth & Environment ?

  • Publishing significant advances across the earth, environmental, and planetary sciences.
  • Committed to rapid dissemination of primary research, reviews, and comments.
  • Bringing high visibility through open access and a global reach.

Abstracting and indexing

As with any new journal, full indexing takes some time. We will update the journal web site to keep authors and readers up to date with the services the journal is indexed in.

Communications Earth & Environment is indexed in:


The correct abbreviation for abstracting and indexing purposes is Commun. Earth Environ.

Press releases

Communications Earth & Environment 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.