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What is Scientific Reports?

Scientific Reports is an online, open access, multidisciplinary journal that publishes research from all areas of the natural and clinical sciences. Publication in Scientific Reports is subject to an article processing charge (APC).

Why publish in Scientific Reports?

  • Fast — rapid review and publication
  • Rigorous — constructive peer review by the academic community
  • Open — your articles are freely available to all and as the author, you retain copyright
  • Visible — see what attention your paper is getting with Article Level Metrics.
  • Global — hosted on nature.com with worldwide media coverage

What are the criteria for publication in Scientific Reports?

Scientific Reports publishes original articles on the basis that they are technically sound and scientifically valid, and papers are peer reviewed on these criteria. The importance of an article is determined by its readership after publication.

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What is the scope of Scientific Reports?

The scope reflects Nature Research’s core strengths in the natural and clinical sciences. Papers from all disciplines within these core fields will be considered for publication.

What is the editorial structure?

Scientific Reports has both an Editorial Advisory Panel, and an Editorial Board.

The Editorial Advisory Panel provides advice to the journal as and when needed and will help in the recruitment of the Editorial Board.

The Editorial Board — composed of practicing scientists in all relevant fields — manages the peer review process, and will take final decisions on whether papers should be accepted. An internal publishing team ensures that papers are assigned to an appropriate Editorial Board Member, who manages the review process.

Who is on the Editorial Advisory Panel?

The Editorial Advisory Panel comprises experts from all major fields within the natural and clinical sciences. The breadth and depth of their collective expertise ensures Scientific Reports reacts to the varying needs of these research communities.

Who is on the Editorial Board?

As with the Editorial Advisory Panel, the Editorial Board comprises experts from all major fields within the natural and clinical sciences, to ensure representation across the scope of the journal.

We are always happy to welcome recommendations of suitable Editorial Board Members: please contact scientificreports@nature.com.

What are the key metrics of Scientific Reports?

The 2015 journal metrics for Scientific Reports are as follows:

  • 2-year impact factor: 5.228
  • 5-year impact factor: 5.525
  • Immediacy index: 0.559
  • Eigenfactor ® score: 0.209420
  • Article influence score: 1.865
  • 2-year median: 3

Visit the Nature Research journals metrics page for a description of these metrics.

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What is the time to publication?

Publication online is rapid and continuous, so papers will be published as soon as they are ready.

Does Scientific Reports publish papers rejected from other Nature Research titles?

Yes — Scientific Reports is editorially independent, but will consider submissions of manuscripts rejected from other Nature Research journals. Upon rejection from another title, authors can choose to transfer their paper, as well as the anonymous referee reports seen by the author, to Scientific Reports. Alternatively, authors are welcome to submit their rejected paper to Scientific Reports afresh without reference to the previous process.

Is Scientific Reports peer reviewed?

Yes, peer review is performed by a minimum of one reviewer, and a template approach ensures fairness and efficiency.

Why publish in Scientific Reports?

Publication in Scientific Reports will appeal to authors for whom speed of publication is a pre-requisite, to those whose paper is technically sound but reports a limited conceptual advance, or to those whose paper describes negative results.

My paper has just been rejected from another Nature journal; will it automatically be transferred to Scientific Reports?

No — control remains entirely with the author, but you will receive a link at the foot of your decision letter through which you can choose to transfer your manuscript to any Nature Research journal, including Scientific Reports.

Is the journal indexed in ISI Web of Science, MEDLINE and PubMed?

Yes, Scientific Reports is indexed in ISI Web of Science, PubMed, PubMed Central, Scopus, Google Scholar and SAO/NASA ADS. Scientific Reports will apply to be indexed in other relevant databases and repositories in the future, where appropriate.

Details of Scientific Reports indexing can also be found on the open research site.

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Is Scientific Reports an open access journal?

Yes, Scientific Reports is an open access journal, and articles are published under a CC BY license (Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License). All papers are available to the entire scientific community immediately after publication, with no barriers to access. Furthermore, authors who choose to publish their paper open access will enjoy all of the benefits of Nature Research self-archiving policy and manuscript deposition service.

What article types are included in the open access initiative?

The fee applies to primary research papers only.

What are authors paying for?

As costs are involved in every stage of the publication process, from peer review to copy editing and hosting the final article on dedicated servers, authors will be asked to pay an article processing charge (APC) in order for their article to be published open access, without access control. By paying the one-off APC, authors can post the final, published PDF of their article on a web site, institutional repository or other free public server, immediately on publication.

Visit our open research site for APC payment FAQs.

How will readers know articles are available free?

All articles are open access so users will be able to access the full text instantly. Articles will be marked with an icon bearing 'Open' on the full-text and PDF formats of the published work, and information on the type of Creative Commons licence will be available on all article formats and listed in the article metadata.

Will there be additional charges, especially if an article contains colour images?

At Scientific Reports there are no additional publication charges unless authors wish to order reprints, for which charges apply.

When do authors pay the article processing charge (APC)?

Authors must complete a payment form on acceptance, a link to which is provided in the acceptance letter, as well as a relevant Creative Commons licence form. Authors must return both forms before their manuscript can be processed for publication.

The APC payment process is administered by the publisher, Springer Nature, and payment can be made straightaway by credit card or, following receipt of an invoice, by credit card, cheque or BACS transfer.

It is mandatory for the payment form to be completed, along with the Creative Commons licence form. Failure to complete the payment form will result in a publication delay.

What if I want my institution to pay on my behalf?

As indicated on the payment form, authors can request that an invoice be sent to their institution.

What time period do I have within which to make the payment?

Credit card payments are processed immediately, but Springer Nature recognizes that often authors do not pay themselves and if an author's institution is to pay the APC, it may take some time for an invoice to be paid. Invoices will be chased periodically, but if after 90 days no payment is received, the author will be contacted directly by the publisher.

How do I submit my manuscript?

Manuscripts are submitted using our online submission system.

Do other Nature Research journals offer open access publishing options?

Please see Nature Research's open access pages for authors for more information about our open access publishing options and policies.

What version of the Creative Commons license does the journal use?

Articles are published under a CC BY license (Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License). Please see the journal's open access page for more information, or visit our open research site to learn more about Creative Commons licensing.

Can I buy a site licence?

No – Scientific Reports is completely open access.

How will people find my work if this journal is online only?

The journal is highlighted through other Nature Research titles both in print and online. The website is designed to facilitate article discovery with enhanced browse and search facilities.

Does the journal offer advertising opportunities?

Online advertising will be displayed on the website. Please contact your sales representative for further information.

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