Reasons to publish

Scientific Reports covers all areas of the natural and clinical sciences. Open access and continuous online publication enables articles to be published swiftly, ready to be accessed by anyone, anywhere, at any time. With over a million article page views per month, researchers can be confident that they’re maximising the reach and discoverability of their paper.

Click here to find out about the quality, rigour, reach and service Scientific Reports offers its authors.

Why publish in Scientific Reports?


Thorough peer review with a focus on scientific validity — rather than significance or impact. Papers are prepared for publication immediately upon acceptance.

Editorial Board

The Editorial Advisory Panel and Editorial Board are comprised of experts from all areas of the clinical, biological, chemical, physical and Earth sciences, ensuring representation across the scope of the journal.


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


The 2017 journal metrics for Scientific Reports are as follows:

  • 2-year impact factor: 4.122
  • 5-year impact factor: 4.609
  • Immediacy index: 0.576
  • Eigenfactor ® score: 0.71896
  • Article influence score: 1.356
  • 2-year median: 2

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


With a scope that encompasses all areas of the natural and clinical sciences, Scientific Reports provides a home for research that pushes the traditional boundaries between disciplines.


Articles are published daily on, which receives over 8 million unique visitors per month and has a high search engine ranking. Weekly and monthly content alerts, and press releases of exceptional articles, ensure maximum exposure for your research. Additionally Article Level Metrics help to measure the impact of research.

Citation and usage

A number of papers including research published in the journal Scientometrics have shown that open access articles are viewed more often than articles that are only available to subscribers, and are cited more often.


The resources of Nature Research are leveraged to optimize content display and accessibility. Mobile apps, widgets, faceted search, social media and dynamic Article Level Metrics ensure your research is easy to find, easy to read and easy to assess, anywhere and anytime.

Open access

Scientific Reports makes all content freely available to all researchers worldwide, ensuring maximum dissemination of content through the platform. Learn more about the benefits of open access.

Creative Commons licenses

Articles in Scientific Reports are published under a CC BY license (Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License), meaning that authors retain the copyright to their work.

The CC BY license allows for maximum dissemination and re-use of open access materials and is preferred by many research funding bodies. Visit our open research site for more information about Creative Commons licensing.