Journal Information

Communications Materials is a selective open access journal from Nature Portfolio, publishing high-quality research, reviews and commentary in all areas of materials science. Research papers published by the journal represent significant advances for a specialized area of research. The journal is equally interested in publishing fundamental and applied research. Communications Materials complements the other Nature Portfolio journals by providing an open access option for materials sciences while applying less stringent criteria for impact and significance than the Nature-branded journals, including Nature Communications.

Communications Materials expects its first Impact Factor in June/July 2023. Articles published in the journal were downloaded 427,538 times in 2021, with an average of 3,261 downloads* per article in the first 12 months. Time from submission to first editorial decision is an average of 4 days.

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

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

All Nature Portfolio journals, including Communications Materials, 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 Materials editors and editorial board and the benefits of open access publishing.

Abstract and indexing

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

Communications Materials is currently indexed in:


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

Press releases

Communications Materials 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.