Scientific Reports

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Scientific Reports  
Scientific Reports Logo.svg
DisciplineNatural sciences
Edited byRichard White
Publication details
LicenseCreative Commons Attribution
4.122 (2018)
Standard abbreviations
ISO 4Sci. Rep.
OCLC no.732869387

Scientific Reports is an online open access scientific mega journal published by 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]

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 PLOS ONE.[2] This indeed occurred in September 2016[3] and was later confirmed in the first quarter of 2017.[4]

Abstracting and indexing[edit]

The journal is abstracted and indexed in the Chemical Abstracts Service,[5] the Science Citation Index, and selectively Index Medicus/MEDLINE/PubMed.[6] According to the Journal Citation Reports, the journal has a 2018 impact factor of 4.122.[7]

Peer review[edit]

The journal has been described as a megajournal, conceptually similar to PLOS ONE, with a business model based on article processing charges.[8] The journal's editorial board is extremely large, with several thousand listed members.[9] The Guide to Referees states that to be published, "a paper must be scientifically valid and technically sound in methodology and analysis", and reviewers have to ensure manuscripts "are not assessed based on their perceived importance, significance or impact",[10] but this procedure has been questioned.[11] Allegedly duplicated and manipulated images in a 2016 paper that were not detected during peer review also led to criticism.[12] The article was retracted in June 2016.[13] In 2015, editor Mark Maslin resigned because the journal introduced a trial of a fast-track peer-review service for biology manuscripts in exchange for an additional fee.[14][15] The trial ran for a month.[16]


In November 2017, 19 editorial board members stepped down due to the journal not retracting a plagiarised 2016 study.[17] The article was eventually retracted in March, 2018.[18]

A 2018 paper claimed that a homeopathic treatment could attenuate pain in rats. It was retracted 8 months later after "swift criticism" from the scientific community.[19]

A controversial 2018 paper suggested that too much bent-neck staring at a cell phone could grow a “horn” on the back of someone's head.[20] The paper was later corrected. The study also failed to mention the conflict of interests of the first author.[21]

The face of Donald Trump was hidden in an image of baboon feces in a paper published in 2018. The journal later removed the image.[22]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Criteria for publication". Scientific Reports. Nature Publishing Group.
  2. ^ Davis, Phil (23 August 2016). "Scientific Reports On Track To Become Largest Journal In The World". The Scholarly Kitchen. Retrieved 24 August 2016.
  3. ^ "Mega-journals: the future, a stepping stone to it or a leap into the abyss?". Times Higher Education. 13 October 2016. Retrieved 16 October 2016.
  4. ^ "Scientific Reports Overtakes PLOS ONE As Largest Megajournal". The Scholarly Kitchen. 6 April 2017. Retrieved 6 April 2017.
  5. ^ "CAS Source Index". Chemical Abstracts Service. American Chemical Society. Retrieved 24 August 2018.
  6. ^ "Scientific Reports". NLM Catalog. National Center for Biotechnology Information. Retrieved 24 August 2018.
  7. ^ "Scientific Reports". 2018 Journal Citation Reports. Web of Science (Science ed.). Clarivate Analytics. 2019.
  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". Scientific Reports. Nature Publishing Group.
  10. ^ "Guide to Referees". Scientific Reports. Retrieved 18 November 2018.
  11. ^ Lowe, Derek (15 June 2016). "More on Scientific Reports, And on Faked Papers". In the Pipeline. Science Transnational Medicine. Retrieved 1 September 2017.
  12. ^ Palus, Shannon (10 June 2016). "Author denies accusations of blatant duplication". Retraction Watch. Retrieved 2 September 2019.
  13. ^ "Retraction: Novel piperazine core compound induces death in human liver cancer cells: possible pharmacological properties". Scientific Reports. 6: 29056. 2016. doi:10.1038/srep29056. PMC 4916487. PMID 27328968.
  14. ^ Bohannon, John (27 March 2015). "Updated: Editor quits journal over pay-for-expedited peer-review offer". Science. doi:10.1126/science.aab0391.
  15. ^ Cressey, Daniel (27 March 2015). "Concern raised over payment for fast-track peer review". Nature. doi:10.1038/nature.2015.17204.
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  17. ^ Offord, Catherine (6 November 2017). "Mass Resignation from Scientific Reports's Editorial Board". The Scientist. Retrieved 1 September 2019.
  18. ^ Offord, Catherine (6 November 2017). "Mass Resignation from Scientific Reports's Editorial Board". The Scientist. Retrieved 1 September 2019.
  19. ^ Oransky, Oran (11 June 2019). ""Permeable to bad science:" Journal retracts paper hailed by proponents of homeopathy". Retraction Watch. Retrieved 1 September 2019.
  20. ^ Marcus, Adam (18 September 2019). "'Text neck' — aka 'horns' — paper earns corrections". Retraction Watch. Retrieved 18 September 2019.
  21. ^ Marcus, Adam (18 September 2019). "'Text neck' — aka 'horns' — paper earns corrections". Retraction Watch. Retrieved 18 September 2019.
  22. ^ Oransky, Oran (21 December 2018). ""Unusual aspects" of a figure — aka a cartoon of Trump's face in baboon feces — disappear from a journal". Retraction Watch. Retrieved 18 September 2019.

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