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Scientific Reports is an online open access scientific mega journal published by the Nature Publishing Group, covering all areas of the natural sciences. In this journal a paper is not assessed based on its perceived importance, significance or impact, but rather is considered solely on its scientific validity.[1]

Scientific Reports  
Sci. Rep.
Discipline Natural sciences
Language English
Edited by Suzanne Farley
Publication details
Publication history
Frequency Continuous
License Creative Commons Attribution
ISSN 2045-2322

On 23 August 2016, a blog post on the Scholarly Kitchen mentioned that the journal was likely to become the largest one in the world, overtaking open access PLOS ONE.[2] This indeed occurred in September, 2016[3] and was later confirmed in the first quarter of 2017.[4]


Abstracting and indexingEdit

Scientific Reports is abstracted and indexed in the Chemical Abstracts Service,[5] PubMed & PMC, selectively Index medicus & MEDLINE,[6] and the Science Citation Index. According to the Journal Citation Reports, the journal's impact factor has increased from 2.927 in 2012 to 5.228 in 2015.[7] It has since dropped down to 4.259 in 2016.

Peer reviewEdit

Scientific Reports has been described as a mega journal, conceptually similar to PLOS ONE, based on article processing charges and a peer review model emphasizing scientific quality, rather than perceived impact.[8] Its editorial board is extremely large, with over a thousand listed members.[9] In 2015, an editor, Mark Maslin, resigned from Scientific Reports [10] when the journal introduced a trial of a fast-track peer-review service for biology manuscripts in exchange for an additional fee.[11]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Criteria for publication". Guide to referees. 
  2. ^ Davis, Phil (2016-08-23). "Scientific Reports On Track To Become Largest Journal In The World". The Scholarly Kitchen. Retrieved 2016-08-24. 
  3. ^ "Mega-journals: the future, a stepping stone to it or a leap into the abyss?". Times Higher Education (THE). 2016-10-13. Retrieved 2016-10-16. 
  4. ^ By (2017-04-06). "Scientific Reports Overtakes PLOS ONE As Largest Megajournal". The Scholarly Kitchen. Retrieved 2017-04-06. 
  5. ^ "Displaying Record for Publication: Scientific Reports". CAS Source Index (CASSI) Search Tool. American Chemical Society. Retrieved 25 December 2016. 
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  7. ^ "Scientific Reports". 2015 Journal Citation Reports. Web of Science (Science ed.). Thomson Reuters. 2015. 
  8. ^ "Nature's open-access offering may sound death knell for subs model". The Times Higher Education. 13 January 2011. Retrieved 23 January 2011. 
  9. ^ "Editorial Advisory Panel and Editorial Board". 
  10. ^ Bohannon, John (27 March 2015). "Editor quits journal over pay-for-expedited peer-review offer". Science Insider. Science/AAAS. Retrieved 23 July 2015. 
  11. ^ Quaderi, Nandita (24 March 2015). "NPG announces fast-track service". Nature. NPG. Retrieved 23 July 2015. 

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