Open access

Communications Physics is an open access journal. 

Communications Physics makes all content freely available to all researchers worldwide, ensuring maximum dissemination of content through the platform. Content is published online on an ongoing basis, thereby providing timely communication to the community and keeping publication times to a minimum. All papers published in the journal are open access, and each paper is clearly marked with the ‘Open’ icon next to the title.

Authors submitting to Communications Physics can choose to publish their research using:

1 - Open Access - an article is submitted and is assessed by our editors. If suitable it will be put through Peer Review, and if successful (subject to amendments), will be eligible for publication. When an article is accepted for publication, the author/s or funder/s pay an Article Processing Charge (APC). The final version of the published article is then free to read for everyone. 

2 - Guided Open Access - Guided OA is a new publishing model, designed to ensure all suitable articles are published in the most relevant journal, without the author having to resubmit. The review process is the same as above, but in Guided OA, your article is considered at a group of associated journals;

  • Nature Physics
  • Nature Communications
  • Communications Physics


You will then be guided through the process to find the best home for your work.

Find out more about the benefits of Guided Open Access
See APCs for Open Access and Guided Open Access

Open Access at Nature Portfolio journals

Creative Commons License

Communications Physics articles are made open access online and freely accessible, immediately upon publication under a CC BY license (Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License). 

The CC BY license allows for maximum dissemination and re-use of open access materials and is preferred by many research funding bodies. Under this license users are free to share (copy, distribute and transmit) and remix (adapt) the contribution including for commercial purposes, providing they attribute the contribution in the manner specified by the author or licensor (read full legal code).

Under Creative Commons, authors retain copyright to their articles. Authors may post the final, published PDF of their article on a website, institutional repository or other free public server, immediately on publication, and individual authors can submit the final accepted version of their manuscript to PubMed Central and Europe PubMed Central upon publication.

Visit our open research site for more information about Creative Commons licensing.

Benefits of open access

Open access publication can lead to:

  • Increased citation and usage
  • Greater public engagement
  • Faster impact
  • Broader collaboration
  • Increased interdisciplinary interaction

For more information about the benefits of open access, please visit our open research site.

Compliance with funder mandates

Our services and policies ensure that authors can fully comply with the public access requirements of major funding bodies worldwide. For information and advice about compliance, consult our open research site or contact

Article processing charges

For more information about our Article processing charges (APC), please visit our Article processing charges page.