Your publishing options

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

1 - Traditional (subscription) publishing model - 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. Published articles are made available to institutions and individuals who subscribe to Nature Physics or who pay to read specific articles.

From January 2021, Nature Physics will be offering authors two new ways to publish. These options are only available for articles submitted after Jan 1st 2021.

2 - Open Access - same publishing process as above. The difference is that 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. The APC to publish Open Access in Nature Physics is €9,500.

Find out more about Open Access

3 - 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, and at an APC lower than submitting to Nature Physics directly. 

In Guided OA, an article is considered at a group of associated journals;

  • Nature Physics
  • Nature Communications
  • Communications Physics

Authors are then guided through the process to find the best home for their work. 

Guided Open Access

  1. Single Submission

    An anthropomorphic article enters the Nature pipeline

    Article is submitted once; its suitability is considered for a group of three associated journals - please see the list above.

  2. Initial Quality Check

    A Nature editor examines the article on his laptop. The article is anxious.

    The article is evaluated by the editors for scientific merit and to ensure it is potentially suitable for publication in one of the three journals.

  3. Editorial Assessment

    Split APC Payment Pt. 1

    Editorial Assessment Charge: €2,190

    Two Nature editors discuss which journal the article should be considered for. One editor carefully holds the article in her palm.

    The in-house editorial team assesses which journal is most suitable for publication, and sends the article out for Peer Review.

    Author contact point 1

    We get in touch to confirm the article is being sent for Peer Review.

    The editor writes a report while the article looks on.

    Editorial Assessment Report compiled, containing:

    • An editorial evaluation
    • An assessment of the experimental framework, with detailed feedback on how to increase the rigor and reproducibility of the research and align with open research practices
    • Editorial guidance on navigating and interpreting the reviewer feedback
    • Clear advice on the next steps to ensure further consideration of technically sound research
    • The possibility of making the reviewer reports portable with other journals from other publishers, should publication be declined
    The articles author receives a notification on her phone about the final recommendation from the editorial team.

    Author contact point 2

    Guided by the Editorial Assessment Report, editors contact the author with a final recommendation:

    • Publish with a recommended journal, subject to any agreed revisions OR
    • Article is rejected
  4. Author Chooses:

    After being published, the article stands proudly on the nature portfolio platform.

    I. Article is published Open Access

    Once your revised manuscript is accepted, your article will be published Open Access. A top-up APC is payable, depending on the journal in which your paper is accepted.

    Split APC Payment Pt. 2

    This cost depends on where the article is published; see 'Publishing Costs and Payment Structure' below.

    A detailed report with guidance on next steps for other journals or publishers.

    II. Authors exit process with Editorial Assessment Report

    Authors choose not to publish. The article is returned to the author with all editorial and peer review notes attached.

Find out more about Guided Open Access

We will support journal-to-journal release of verified reviewer reports and reviewer identities, pending reviewer consent to support rapid peer review elsewhere.

See an example of an Editorial Assessment Report.


Traditional (subscription)

Free, but access to articles is behind a paywall

On acceptance
Open Access

Nature Physics - €9,500/$11,200/£8,500

On acceptance
Guided Open Access*

Nature Physics   

  • EAC** - €2,190/$2,690/£1,890 (payable after passing Guided Open Access suitability check)
  • Top-up APC - €2,600/$3,190/£2,170 (payable on acceptance)
  • Total - €4,790/$5,880/£4,060

Nature Communications   

  • EAC - €2,190/$2,690/£1,890 (payable after passing Guided Open Access suitability check)
  • Top-up APC - €2,600/$3,190/£2,170 (payable on acceptance)
  • Total - €4,790/$5,880/£4,060

Communications Physics     

  • EAC €2,190/$2,690/£1,890 (payable after passing Guided Open Access suitability check)
  • Top-up APC €800/$990/£660 (payable on acceptance)
  • Total - €2,990/$3,680/£2550
On submission

*The cost for Guided OA is split into two payments:

  1. Editorial Assessment Charge, payable after passing Guided Open Access suitability check
  2. Top-up Article Processing Charge, payable on acceptance

**Editorial Assessment Charge


Articles that are published OA/Guided OA are freely available online, and are published under a Creative Commons CC-BY license, which allows for reuse and sharing. The publishing costs are covered by the author’s institution or funding body paying an Article Processing Charge (APC).


For information about research funders and institutions that provide funding for APCs, visit Springer Nature’s open access funding & support services.

Springer Nature offers agreements that enable institutions to cover open access publishing costs. Learn more about our open access agreements to check your eligibility.

If authors need to publish OA because they are mandated to by their institution or funder, they can choose OA or Guided OA. For those who are not subject to such mandates, they can choose to publish via any of the publishing routes. The corresponding author will need to select which publishing option they want when their research is submitted.


  • For authors - their work is seen by more people. Open Access articles are viewed and cited more often than articles behind a paywall.
  • For readers - they can access and build upon the most recent work and datasets in their field. Content is available, and reusable for all.  
  • For funders - the work they fund will reach a wider audience and will have a broader impact.

Find out more about the benefits of Open Access publishing

Regardless of the publishing model, Nature Physics will continue to provide the same high levels of personal author service, editorial rigour, peer-review, and high quality publishing services from our team of in-house editors.


The Article Processing Charge (APC) is the amount authors are charged when their manuscript is accepted for publication. APCs cover the following:

  • Editorial work: assess and select the most important research to publish, partner with authors and reviewers to deliver significant improvements to manuscripts through our rigorous and intensive review process, manage peer review, bespoke correspondence with authors, administrative support and journal development.
  • Technical infrastructure and innovation: development, maintenance and operation of online journal systems and websites.
  • Production of articles: formatting, lay-out and mark-up of articles, copy editing and inclusion in indexing services.
  • Promotion of journal and content: making sure readers and authors know about the work published in the journal.
  • Customer service: responding to the needs of authors and readers.

Find out more about how we select, edit, publish, curate and promote scientific research

Nature Physics aims to provide the highest levels of author service, editorial rigour and consistency. Our in-house team of highly qualified, professional, independent editors:

  • read and evaluate all submissions
  • decide which papers to send out to peer review
  • guide authors and reviewers through the peer review process
  • decide which papers to accept. 

All our editors come from academic environments, are all PhD-level, and have a deep understanding of scientific research and publishing.