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Scientific Reports

Scientific Reports  
DisciplineNatural sciences
Edited byRichard White
Publication details
Publication history
LicenseCreative Commons Attribution
Standard abbreviations
Sci. Rep.

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]

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

The journal is abstracted and indexed in the Chemical Abstracts Service,[5] the Science Citation Index Expanded, and selectively Index Medicus/MEDLINE/PubMed.[6] According to the Journal Citation Reports, the journal has a 2017 impact factor of 4.122.[7]

Peer review

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

2018 Homeopathy paper

On September 10th. 2018, they published an allegedly peer-reviewed study that claimed to show that a homeopathic ultra-dilution of poison oak can reduce pain in rats. Soon after, scientists reviewing the study noted problems with the research, including several suspicious duplicated data figures claimed to be from different experiments, inconsistent results reported for various dilutions, and that the results hinged on subjective, non-blinded data from an experiment involving just eight rats.

The editors have since added a warning that the study has received "criticisms that are being considered by the editors".

See also


  1. ^ "Criteria for publication". Scientific Reports. Nature Publishing Group.
  2. ^ Davis, Phil (2016-08-23). "Scientific Reports On Track To Become Largest Journal In The World". The Scholarly Kitchen. Retrieved .
  3. ^ "Mega-journals: the future, a stepping stone to it or a leap into the abyss?". Times Higher Education. 2016-10-13. Retrieved .
  4. ^ "Scientific Reports Overtakes PLOS ONE As Largest Megajournal". The Scholarly Kitchen. 2017-04-06. Retrieved .
  5. ^ "CAS Source Index". Chemical Abstracts Service. American Chemical Society. Retrieved .
  6. ^ "Scientific Reports". NLM Catalog. National Center for Biotechnology Information. Retrieved .
  7. ^ "Scientific Reports". 2017 Journal Citation Reports. Web of Science (Science OR Social Sciences ed.). Clarivate Analytics. 2018.
  8. ^ "Natures open-access offering may sound death knell for subs model". The Times Higher Education. 13 January 2011. Retrieved 2011.
  9. ^ "Editorial Advisory Panel and Editorial Board". Scientific Reports. Nature Publishing Group.
  10. ^ Bohannon, John (27 March 2015). "Editor quits journal over pay-for-expedited peer-review offer". Science Insider. Science/AAAS. Retrieved 2015.
  11. ^ Cressey, Daniel (27 March 2015). "Concern raised over payment for fast-track peer review". NPG. Retrieved 2018.

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