About Scientific Reports

Why publish in Scientific Reports?

Scientific Reports is an open access journal publishing original research from across all areas of the natural sciences, psychology, medicine and engineering.

Scientific Reports Facts 2023

  • Covers all areas of the natural sciences, psychology, medicine and engineering
  • Offers our authors a highly respected home for their research
  • High visibility for your work with open access

Global influence

We offer our authors a highly respected home for their research. Scientific Reports is the 5th most-cited journal in the world, with more than 738,000 citations in 2022*, and receives widespread attention in policy documents and the media.

*2022 Journal Citation Reports® Science Edition (Clarivate Analytics, 2023)

Expert peer review

Partnering with our extensive network of expert peer reviewers, our editorial team provides rigorous, objective and constructive peer review, and will support you throughout the publication process. Scientific Reports is led by the same ethical and editorial policy guidelines as other Nature Portfolio journals to ensure that all the research we publish is scientifically robust, original, and of the highest quality.

The editorial board member assigned to our submission was thorough, supportive, and clearly wanted to produce the best manuscript possible. I was thoroughly impressed."
Professor Megan Fuller, Jefferson University, USA

Swiftly visible and highly discoverable for all

We help your research reach more people and maximize its impact. As an open access journal, we ensure that your work is immediately accessible and highly discoverable across a range of channels including nature.com, where the journal receives approximately 2.7 million visitors per month*. The journal is indexed in Web of Science, PubMed, PubMed Central, Scopus, Dimensions, Google Scholar, DOAJ and SAO/NASA ADS.

*Average monthly figure for 2022

Find out more about Scientific Reports.

2022 Journal Metrics 

  • 2-year impact factor: 4.6
  • 5-year impact factor: 4.9
  • Immediacy index: 0.9
  • Eigenfactor® score: 1.05873
  • Article influence score: 1.1

2022 Peer Review Metrics

  • Submission to first decision: 22 days
  • Submission to accept: 142 days 

2022 Usage Metrics


  • 1,439,531 Altmetric mentions 

For a description of these metrics please visit the Nature Portfolio journals metrics page.

Is your research relevant to our journal?

With our very broad scope, we welcome research from all areas across the natural sciences, medicine and engineering. View our scope and browse our published articles.

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