Nature Communications

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Nature Communications  
Nat. Commun.
Discipline Natural sciences
Language English
Edited by Joerg Heber
Publication details
Publication history
Frequency continuous, upon acceptance
License Creative Commons licenses
ISSN 2041-1723
OCLC no. 614340895

Nature Communications is a peer-reviewed open access scientific journal published by the Nature Publishing Group since 2010. It covers the natural sciences, including physics, chemistry, Earth sciences, and biology.

The editor-in-chief was Joerg Heber.[1] The founding editor-in-chief was Lesley Anson.[2] The journal has editorial offices in London, New York City, and Shanghai.

Starting October 2014, the journal only accepted submissions from authors willing to pay an article processing charge (currently $5,200 in the United States), and until the end of 2015, part of the published submissions were only available to subscribers. In January 2016, all content became freely accessible to the public.[3]

Abstracting and indexing[edit]

The journal is abstracted and indexed in:

According to the Journal Citation Reports, the journal has a 2016 impact factor of 12.124.[9]


In 2017, Nature Publishing Group announced the creation of three "subjournals" under the Communications brand: Communications Biology[10], Communications Chemistry[11] and Communications Physics[12]. These open-access journals offer a lower publication fee than N. Comms[13], reflecting their more specialist remits.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "PLOS appoints Dr. Joerg Heber Editor-in-Chief of PLOS ONE | The Official PLOS Blog". The Official PLOS Blog. 2016-09-16. Retrieved 2016-11-20. 
  2. ^ Announcing Nature Communications - a multidisciplinary, online-only journal with an open-access option, Press release from Nature Publishing Group.
  3. ^ "Open Access". Nature Communications. Nature Publishing Group. Archived from the original on 2009-10-19. Retrieved 2015-11-21. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f "Master Journal List". Intellectual Property & Science. Thomson Reuters. Retrieved 2014-09-27. 
  5. ^ "CAS Source Index". Chemical Abstracts Service. American Chemical Society. Retrieved 2015-03-26. 
  6. ^ "Nature Communications". NLM Catalog. National Center for Biotechnology Information. Retrieved 2015-03-26. 
  7. ^ "Content overview". Scopus. Elsevier. Retrieved 2015-03-26. 
  8. ^ "Nature Communications". Directory of Open Access Journals. Retrieved 2016-06-11. 
  9. ^ "Nature Communications". 2016 Journal Citation Reports. Web of Science (Science ed.). Thomson Reuters. 2017. 
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