Open access

Scientific Reports is an open access journal.  Articles in the journal are free to access, download, share, and re-use.  

Scientific Reports articles are published open access under a CC BY license (Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License). The CC BY license allows for maximum dissemination and re-use of open access materials and is preferred by many research funding bodies. Under this license users are free to share (copy, distribute and transmit) and remix (adapt) the contribution including for commercial purposes, providing they attribute the contribution in the manner specified by the author or licensor (read full legal code).

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Benefits of open access

Open access publication can lead to:

  • Increased citation and usage
  • Greater public engagement
  • Faster impact
  • Broader collaboration
  • Increased interdisciplinary interaction

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Compliance with funder mandates

Nature Research's services and policies ensure that authors can fully comply with the public access requirements of major funding bodies worldwide.  For information and advice about compliance, consult our open access policy information, or contact us.

Further information

Further information about Nature Research’s open access policies and publishing options can be found on our open research site.