Open access

Nature Communications is an open access journal. 
As of January 2016, the journal only publishes open access content, and legacy subscription content has been made freely accessible alongside the open access articles published in Nature Communications prior to 2016.

Creative Commons Licenses

Nature Communications articles are published open access 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).
Some historical papers have been published under a non-commercial license. Users may request permission to use the works for commercial purposes or to create derivative works by emailing
Under Creative Commons, authors retain copyright in their articles.
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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

Nature Research's 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 access policy information, or contact us.

Article processing charges

For more information about our Article processing charges (APC) and applications for discretionary APC waivers please visit our page on Article processing charges.