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Impact Factor Database

Nature Communications

Basic Journal Info


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

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Nature Communications

Impact Factor


Impact Factor


Impact Factor



[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)

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2-year Impact Factor Trend
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3-year Impact Factor Trend
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4-year Impact Factor Trend
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Impact Factor

The impact factor (IF) or journal impact factor (JIF) of an academic journal is a scientometric factor based on the yearly average number of citations on articles published by a particular journal in the last two years. In other words, the impact factor of 2020 is the average of the number of cited publications divided by the citable publications of a journal. A journal impact factor is frequently used as a proxy for the relative importance of a journal within its field. Normally, journals with higher impact factors are often deemed to have more influence than those with lower ones. However, the science community has also noted that review articles typically are more citable than research articles.

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Impact Factor History
  • 2019 Impact Factor 12.298
  • 2018 Impact Factor 12.130
  • 2017 Impact Factor 12.951
  • 2016 Impact Factor 12.756
  • 2015 Impact Factor 12.317
  • 2014 Impact Factor 12.505
  • 2013 Impact Factor 12.243
  • 2012 Impact Factor 11.009
  • 2011 Impact Factor 7.586
  • 2010 Impact Factor 0.000
  • 2009 Impact Factor NA
  • 2008 Impact Factor NA
  • 2007 Impact Factor NA
  • 2006 Impact Factor NA
  • 2005 Impact Factor NA
  • 2004 Impact Factor NA
  • 2003 Impact Factor NA
  • 2002 Impact Factor NA
  • 2001 Impact Factor NA
  • 2000 Impact Factor NA
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Other Journal Impact Indicator

Any journal impact factor or scientometric indicator alone will not give you the full picture of a science journal. That’s why every year, scholars review current metrics to improve upon them and sometimes come up with new ones. There are also other factors to sider for example, H-Index, Self-Citation Ratio, SJR (SCImago Journal Rank Indicator) and SNIP (Source Normalized Impact per Paper). Researchers may also consider the practical aspect of a journal such as publication fees, acceptance rate, review speed.

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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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SCImago Journal Rank (SJR)

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.