Communications journals

The Communications journals sit within Nature Portfolio and have a mission to publish research that enhances and brings new insight to their subject area. The journals share a collaborative editorial model with in-house and external editors working together. We complement the other Nature Portfolio journals with our community focus, multidisciplinarity, and fair and inclusive publication criteria. We believe that our primary commitment should be to serve the research community, and that our content and our editors, authors and reviewers should reflect the diversity of the communities we serve.

The Communications journals share editorial policies with the rest of the Nature Portfolio.

Community impact

For more details on journal metrics and the Nature Portfolio's status as a DORA signatory, see the journal metrics page.

  Launch year 2-year Impact Factor 5-year Impact Factor JCR quartile Accept Rate Submission to first post-review decision (median, days) Submission to Accept (median, days)
Communications Biology 2018 6.268 6.268 Q1
(Biology)
40% 48 188
Communications Chemistry 2018 6.581 6.586 Q1
(Chemistry, multidisciplinary)
50% 31 106
Communications Earth & Environment 2020 37% 55 155
Communications Engineering 2022 * * * * * *
Communications Materials 2020 34% 38 136
Communications Medicine 2021 14% * *
Communications Physics 2018 6.368 6.368 Q1
(Physics, multidisciplinary)
31% 46 124

*These metrics are not yet available for the newest journals in the Communications series.

†These journals are currently undergoing evaluation for JCR metrics.

Why publish in the Communications journals

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Our submission and review processes are managed by experienced professional editors working in tandem with Editorial Board Members, who provide technical expertise across the breadth of disciplines covered.

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We are committed to rapid dissemination of important research results. We aim to ensure that our review processes are timely, and our Articles are published continuously with minimal time from acceptance to publication.

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Open Access and open research principles provide wide visibility for the research we publish. We support preprints and provide a transparent peer review option. We are compliant with funder mandates, including Plan S.

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We are responsive to the needs of researchers at all career stages. We aim to reflect community diversity in our Editorial Boards and in who we invite to review manuscripts.