Aims & Scope

Nature Communications is an open access, multidisciplinary journal dedicated to publishing high-quality research in all areas of the biological, health, physical, chemical and Earth sciences. Papers published by the journal aim to represent important advances of significance to specialists within each field.

We are committed to providing an efficient service for both authors and readers. Our team of independent editors make rapid and fair publication decisions. Prompt dissemination of accepted papers to a wide readership and beyond is achieved through a programme of continuous online publication. 

Article and journal metrics

Article metrics such as number of downloads, citations and online attention are available from each article page, and provide an overview of the attention received by a paper.

The 2018 journal metrics for Nature Communications are as follows:

  • 2-year Impact Factor: 11.878
  • 5-year Impact Factor: 13.811
  • Immediacy Index: 2.107
  • Eigenfactor® score: 1.10329
  • Article Influence Score: 5.402
  • 2-year Median: 8

For a further description of these metrics, details of our peer review performance and a summary of these for all Nature journals, please visit our journal metrics page.  More information underlying our approach to journal metrics may be found here.


Nature Communications is indexed in DOAJ, MEDLINE, Web of Science, Scopus and Google Scholar.

Further information for Nature Communications and other Nature Research journals can be found on the authors and referees pages.


To facilitate self-archiving NPG deposits open access articles in PubMed Central and Europe PubMed Central on publication. Authors are also permitted to post the final, published PDF of their article on a website, institutional repository or other free public server, immediately on publication.

Learn more about self-archiving and manuscript deposition.


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

Press releases

Nature Communications 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.