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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.
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. This indeed occurred in September 2016 and was later confirmed in the first quarter of 2017.
The journal is abstracted and indexed in the Chemical Abstracts Service, the Science Citation Index Expanded, and selectively Index Medicus/MEDLINE/PubMed. According to the Journal Citation Reports, the journal has a 2017 impact factor of 4.122.
Scientific Reports has been described as a mega journal, conceptually similar to PLOS ONE, based on article processing charges. Its peer review model claims to emphasize scientific quality, rather than perceived impact. Its editorial board is extremely large, with several thousand listed members. 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.
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".
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