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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. The journal aims to assess solely the scientific validity of a submitted paper, rather than its perceived importance, significance or impact.[1]

Scientific Reports  
Discipline Natural sciences
Language English
Edited by Suzanne Farley
Publication details
Publication history
Frequency Continuous
License Creative Commons Attribution
Standard abbreviations
Sci. Rep.
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 increased from 2.927 in 2012 to 5.228 in 2015.[7] It dropped down to 4.122 in 2018.[8]

Peer reviewEdit

Scientific Reports has been described as a mega journal, conceptually similar to PLOS ONE, based on article processing charges.[9] Its peer review model claims to emphasize scientific quality, rather than perceived impact.[citation needed] Its editorial board is extremely large, with several thousand listed members.[10] In 2015, an editor, Mark Maslin, resigned from Scientific Reports [11] when the journal introduced a trial of a fast-track peer-review service for biology manuscripts in exchange for an additional fee.[12]

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. 
  6. ^ NLM Catalog
  7. ^ "Scientific Reports". 2015 Journal Citation Reports. Web of Science (Science ed.). Thomson Reuters. 2015. 
  8. ^ "Scientific Reports". 2018 Journal Citation Reports. Web of Science (Science ed.). Thomson Reuters. 2018. 
  9. ^ "Nature's open-access offering may sound death knell for subs model". The Times Higher Education. 13 January 2011. Retrieved 23 January 2011. 
  10. ^ "Editorial Advisory Panel and Editorial Board". 
  11. ^ Bohannon, John (27 March 2015). "Editor quits journal over pay-for-expedited peer-review offer". Science Insider. Science/AAAS. Retrieved 23 July 2015. 
  12. ^ Cressey, Daniel (27 March 2015). "Concern raised over payment for fast-track peer review". NPG. Retrieved 1 June 2018. 

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