Aims & Scope
Open-access journal publishing high quality, editorially selected and peer reviewed advances in physics
Communications Physics is an open access journal from Nature Portfolio publishing high-quality research, reviews and commentary in all areas of the physical sciences. Research papers published by the journal represent significant advances bringing new insight to a specialized area of research in physics. We also aim to provide a community forum for issues of importance to all physicists, regardless of sub-discipline.
The scope of the journal covers all areas of experimental, applied, fundamental, and interdisciplinary physical sciences and includes (but is not limited to):
- Astrophysics and cosmology
- Atomic and molecular physics
- Biophysics and biological physics
- Chemical physics
- Complex systems and network science
- Condensed-matter physics
- Electronics and device physics
- Energy materials
- Fluid dynamics
- High-energy particle physics
- Information theory and computation
- Materials sciences
- Nuclear physics
- Optical physics and photonics
- Plasma physics
- Polymers and thin films
- Quantum physics and quantum technologies
- Soft condensed-matter physics
- Statistical physics, thermodynamics and nonlinear dynamics
Primary research published in Communications Physics includes novel experimental results, new techniques or computational methods that may influence the work of others in the sub-discipline. We also consider submissions from adjacent research fields where the central advance of the study is of interest to physicists, for example material sciences, physical chemistry and technologies.
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 physical sciences. We are committed to rapid dissemination of significant research results. Articles are published on a continuous basis with minimal time from acceptance to publication.
Criteria for publication
To be published in Communications Physics a paper should meet several general criteria:
- The results are novel (novelty is not compromised by either abstracts or internet preprints)
- The paper provides strong evidence for its conclusions
- The data are technically sound
- The manuscript is important to scientists in the specific sub-field of physics.
In general, to be acceptable, a paper should represent an advance in understanding which may influence thinking in the field.