Scientific Reports is open to Registered Reports submissions

22nd January 2021


Few phenomena damage research more than only publishing results that support the hypotheses, also known as publication bias, and questionable research practices. Both stem from incentives to publish eye-catching results. At Scientific Reports we have always fought publication bias and have worked to ensure that there is a place in the peer reviewed literature for original contributions that are incremental, or not quite complete, but are also methodologically robust with conclusions supported by the evidence presented. While we cannot change what incentives motivate researchers, we can provide an outlet for work that is done to the quality that makes it unassailable.

We are now able to better fulfil this mission of the journal by offering a new article format: Registered Reports. Registered Reports are articles which undergo a two-stage peer review process, one before data collection and one afterwards, and while they have been gaining ground mostly in the fields stricken by 'reproducibility crises', such as psychology, neuroscience and cancer research, we believe they can be beneficial for all fields of science, and therefore open our doors to Registered Reports submissions from across all disciplines in the scope of Scientific Reports.

Our policy and requirements around Registered Reports is explained in more detail on our policy pages.

If you are interested in contributing a Registered Report submission to Scientific Reports, please contact us at