Scientific Reports

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For the informal document describing scientific research, see Technical report.
Scientific Reports  
Abbreviated title (ISO 4)
Sci. Rep.
Discipline Natural sciences
Language English
Edited by Suzanne Farley
Publication details
Publication history
Frequency Continuous
License Creative Commons Attribution
ISSN 2045-2322

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 it is enough to be just scientifically valid.[1]

On 23 August 2016, a blog post on the Scholarly Kitchen mentioned that the journal is likely to become the largest one in the world, overtaking open access PLOS ONE[2] which indeed it possibly has.[3]

Abstracting and indexing[edit]

Scientific Reports is abstracted and indexed in the Chemical Abstracts Service,[4] PubMed/MEDLINE, 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.[5]

Peer review[edit]

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.[6] In 2015, an editor, Mark Maslin, resigned from Scientific Reports [7] when the journal introduced a trial of a fast-track peer-review service for biology manuscripts in exchange for an additional fee.[8]

See also[edit]


  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. ^ "Displaying Record for Publication: Scientific Reports". CAS Source Index (CASSI) Search Tool. American Chemical Society. Retrieved 25 December 2016. 
  5. ^ "Scientific Reports". 2015 Journal Citation Reports. Web of Science (Science ed.). Thomson Reuters. 2015. 
  6. ^ "Nature's open-access offering may sound death knell for subs model". The Times Higher Education. 13 January 2011. Retrieved 23 January 2011. 
  7. ^ Bohannon, John (27 March 2015). "Editor quits journal over pay-for-expedited peer-review offer". Science Insider. Science/AAAS. Retrieved 23 July 2015. 
  8. ^ Quaderi, Nandita (24 March 2015). "NPG announces fast-track service". Nature. NPG. Retrieved 23 July 2015. 

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