Aims & scope

Scientific Reports publishes original research in all areas of the natural and clinical sciences. We believe that if your research is scientifically valid and technically sound then it deserves to be published and made accessible to the research community.

By publishing with us, your research will get the coverage and attention it deserves. Open access and continuous online publication means your work will be published swiftly, ready to be accessed by anyone, anywhere, at any time. Article Level Metrics allow you to follow the conversations your work has started.

Peer review

Each manuscript is handled by an Editorial Board Member, and most submissions are peer reviewed by one or more referees in addition to the Editorial Board Member. The Editorial Board — composed of practising scientists from all fields within the journal's scope — manages the peer review process, and decides whether a paper should be accepted for publication.

The aim of the peer review process is to establish the technical soundness of a submission, and uses a template approach. Referees and Editorial Board Members will determine whether a paper is scientifically valid, rather than making judgements on significance or whether the submission represents a conceptual advance.

Fast decision and publication times

Scientific Reports endeavours to make first decisions on manuscripts within 45 days. After acceptance, papers are immediately processed, and published on a daily basis.


Scientific Reports articles are hosted on, which receives an average of over 8 million unique visitors each month. Weekly round-ups of all published papers, and subject-specific e-alerts, will bring further attention to your paper.


Scientific Reports is indexed in ISI Web of Science, PubMed, PubMed Central, Scopus, Google Scholar and SAO/NASA ADS.


The correct abbreviation for Scientific Reports for abstracting and indexing purposes is Sci. Rep. 


Research papers published in Scientific Reports are archived in PubMed Central immediately following publication with no embargo.

In addition, authors publishing with Scientific Reports are encouraged to post the published PDF of their article on their website, institutional repository or other free public server immediately following publication.

Press releases

Scientific Reports articles that are deemed especially newsworthy may be press released, to a registered list, by our press office.