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Scientific Reports is an online open access, scientific mega journal published by Nature Research, 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, 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 uses a criteria that states for acceptance published articles "must be scientifically valid and technically sound in methodology and analysis" and reviewers have to ensure articles "are not assessed based on their perceived importance, significance or 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.
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