Nature Communications
Impact Factor & Key Scientometrics

Nature Communications

Impact Factor


H Index


Impact Factor


I. Basic Journal Info


United Kingdom
Journal ISSN: 20411723
Publisher: Nature Publishing Group
History: 2010-ongoing
Journal Hompage: Link
How to Get Published:

Research Categories


[Aim & Scope] Nature Communications is an open access journal that publishes high-quality research from all areas of the natural sciences. Papers published by the journal represent important advances of significance to specialists within each field.[Publication Fee] To publish in Nature Communications, authors are required to pay an article processing charge (APC).According to "Journals Friend" from, "Nature Communications started in the year 2010 and has been growing ever since. Nature Communications doesn’t have a fix publishing frequency. Their publishing frequency is continuous and upon acceptance. They have a very strict acceptance rate of 7.7%. They get over 50,000 submissions every year." Hence, to get published in this journal is often considered an accompishment if not a milestone.The APC for all published papers is as follows, plus VAT or local taxes where applicable:£3,790 (UK)$5,380 (The Americas, China and Japan)€4,380 (Europe and rest of world)

II. Science Citation Report (SCR)

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SCR Impact Factor

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SCR Journal Ranking

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SCImago SJR Rank

SCImago Journal Rank (SJR indicator) is a measure of scientific influence of scholarly journals that accounts for both the number of citations received by a journal and the importance or prestige of the journals where such citations come from.


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Scopus 2-Year Impact Factor Trend

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Scopus 3-Year Impact Factor Trend

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Scopus 4-Year Impact Factor Trend

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Impact Factor History

2-year 3-year 4-year
  • 2022 Impact Factor
    15.413 16.129 16.209
  • 2021 Impact Factor
    15.405 15.817 15.888
  • 2020 Impact Factor
    13.038 13.549 13.878
  • 2019 Impact Factor
    11.571 12.409 13.121
  • 2018 Impact Factor
    11.688 12.9 13.51
  • 2017 Impact Factor
    12.669 13.534 13.908
  • 2016 Impact Factor
    12.536 13.258 13.485
  • 2015 Impact Factor
    12.198 12.681 12.885
  • 2014 Impact Factor
    12.158 NA NA
  • 2013 Impact Factor
    11.942 NA NA
  • 2012 Impact Factor
    10.988 NA NA
  • 2011 Impact Factor
    7.674 NA NA
  • 2010 Impact Factor
    0 NA NA
  • 2009 Impact Factor
    NA NA NA
  • 2008 Impact Factor
    NA NA NA
  • 2007 Impact Factor
    NA NA NA
  • 2006 Impact Factor
    NA NA NA
  • 2005 Impact Factor
    NA NA NA
  • 2004 Impact Factor
    NA NA NA
  • 2003 Impact Factor
    NA NA NA
  • 2002 Impact Factor
    NA NA NA
  • 2001 Impact Factor
    NA NA NA
  • 2000 Impact Factor
    NA NA NA
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Impact Factor

Impact factor (IF) is a scientometric factor based on the yearly average number of citations on articles published by a particular journal in the last two years. A journal impact factor is frequently used as a proxy for the relative importance of a journal within its field. Find out more: What is a good impact factor?

III. Other Science Influence Indicators

Any impact factor or scientometric indicator alone will not give you the full picture of a science journal. There are also other factors such as H-Index, Self-Citation Ratio, SJR, SNIP, etc. Researchers may also consider the practical aspect of a journal such as publication fees, acceptance rate, review speed. (Learn More)

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The h-index is an author-level metric that attempts to measure both the productivity and citation impact of the publications of a scientist or scholar. The index is based on the set of the scientist's most cited papers and the number of citations that they have received in other publications


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H-Index History