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Last Updated on October 31, 2023

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Note: The impact score or impact index shown here is equivalent to the average number of times documents published in a journal/conference in the past two years have been cited in the current year (i.e., Cites / Doc. (2 years)). It is based on Scopus data and can be a little higher or different compared to the impact factor (IF) produced by Journal Citation Report. Please refer to the Web of Science data source to check the exact journal impact factor ™ (Thomson Reuters) metric.

Important Metrics and Factor

Title Scientific Reports
Abbreviation Sci. Rep.
Publication Type Journal
Subject Area, Categories, Scope Multidisciplinary (Q1)
h-index 282
Overall Rank/Ranking 4401
SCImago Journal Rank (SJR) 0.973
Impact Score 4.44
Publisher Nature Publishing Group
Country United Kingdom
ISSN 20452322
Best Quartile Q1
Coverage History 2011-2022
Official Website Visit Website
Wikipedia Page Visit Wikipedia

Aim and Scope

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

Global influence

We offer our authors a highly respected home for their research. Scientific Reports is the 7th most-cited journal in the world, with more than 350,000 citations in 2019*, and receives widespread attention in policy documents and the media.

We publish original research from all areas of the natural sciences, medicine and engineering. You can learn more about what we publish by browsing our specific scientific subject areas below or explore Scientific Reports by browsing all articles and collections.


Engineering covers all aspects of engineering, technology, and applied science. It plays a crucial role in the development of technologies to address some of the world's biggest challenges, helping to save lives and improve the way we live.

Physical sciences

Physical sciences are those academic disciplines that aim to uncover the underlying laws of nature — often written in the language of mathematics. It is a collective term for areas of study including astronomy, chemistry, materials science and physics.

Earth and environmental sciences

Earth and environmental sciences cover all aspects of Earth and planetary science and broadly encompass solid Earth processes, surface and atmospheric dynamics, Earth system history, climate and climate change, marine and freshwater systems, and ecology. It also considers the interactions between humans and these systems.

Biological sciences

Biological sciences encompass all the divisions of natural sciences examining various aspects of vital processes. The concept includes anatomy, physiology, cell biology, biochemistry and biophysics, and covers all organisms from microorganisms, animals to plants.

Health sciences

The health sciences study health, disease and healthcare. This field of study aims to develop knowledge, interventions and technology for use in healthcare to improve the treatment of patients.

About Scientific Reports

Scientific Reports is a journal covering the technologies/fields/categories related to Multidisciplinary (Q1). It is published by Nature Publishing Group. The overall rank of Scientific Reports is 4401. According to SCImago Journal Rank (SJR), this journal is ranked 0.973. SCImago Journal Rank is an indicator, which measures the scientific influence of journals. It considers the number of citations received by a journal and the importance of the journals from where these citations come. SJR acts as an alternative to the Journal Impact Factor (or an average number of citations received in last 2 years). This journal has an h-index of 282. The best quartile for this journal is Q1.

The ISSN of Scientific Reports journal is 20452322. An International Standard Serial Number (ISSN) is a unique code of 8 digits. It is used for the recognition of journals, newspapers, periodicals, and magazines in all kind of forms, be it print-media or electronic. Scientific Reports is cited by a total of 306481 articles during the last 3 years (Preceding 2022).

Scientific Reports Impact IF 2022-2023

The Impact IF 2022 of Scientific Reports is 4.44, which is computed in 2023 as per its definition. Scientific Reports IF is decreased by a factor of 0.12 and approximate percentage change is -2.63% when compared to preceding year 2021, which shows a falling trend. The impact IF, also denoted as Journal impact score (JIS), of an academic journal is a measure of the yearly average number of citations to recent articles published in that journal. It is based on Scopus data.

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Scientific Reports Impact IF 2023 Prediction

Impact IF 2022 of Scientific Reports is 4.44. If the same downward trend persists, Impact IF may fall in 2023 as well.

Impact IF Trend

Year wise Impact IF of Scientific Reports. Based on Scopus data.

Year Impact IF
2023/2024 Coming Soon
2022 4.44
2021 4.56
2020 4.08
2019 4.12
2018 4.17
2017 4.45
2016 4.65
2015 5.78
2014 6.02

Scientific Reports h-index

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Scientific Reports has an h-index of 282. It means 282 articles of this journal have more than 282 number of citations. The h-index is a way of measuring the productivity and citation impact of the publications. The h-index is defined as the maximum value of h such that the given journal/author has published h papers that have each been cited at least h number of times.

Scientific Reports ISSN

The ISSN of Scientific Reports is 20452322. ISSN stands for International Standard Serial Number.

An ISSN is a unique code of 8 digits. It is used for the recognition of journals, newspapers, periodicals, and magazines in all kind of forms, be it print-media or electronic.

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Scientific Reports Rank and SCImago Journal Rank (SJR)

The overall rank of Scientific Reports is 4401. According to SCImago Journal Rank (SJR), this journal is ranked 0.973. SCImago Journal Rank is an indicator, which measures the scientific influence of journals. It considers the number of citations received by a journal and the importance of the journals from where these citations come.

SJR of Scientific Reports by Year

Year SJR
2023/2024 Coming Soon
2022 0.973
2021 1.005
2020 1.240
2019 1.341
2018 1.414
2017 1.533
2016 1.692
2015 2.034
2014 2.163

Ranking of Scientific Reports by Year

Year Ranking
2023/2024 Coming Soon
2022 4401
2021 4084
2020 3129
2019 2713
2018 2499
2017 2215
2016 1915
2015 1392
2014 1213

Scientific Reports Publisher

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Scientific Reports is published by Nature Publishing Group. It's publishing house is located in United Kingdom. Coverage history of this journal is as following: 2011-2022. The organization or individual who handles the printing and distribution of printed or digital publications is known as Publisher.

Call For Papers

Visit the official website of the journal/conference to check the further details about the call for papers.

Publication Fees

The highest fee charged by this journal is 1990 USD as publication fees (article processing charges or APCs).

There is a waiver policy for these charges.

Review Speed

Expect on an average 20 weeks from submission to publication in Scientific Reports Journal.


The IS0 4 standard abbreviation of Scientific Reports is Sci. Rep.. This abbreviation ('Sci. Rep.') is well recommended and approved for the purpose of indexing, abstraction, referencing and citing goals. It meets all the essential criteria of ISO 4 standard.

ISO 4 (International Organization for Standardization 4) is an international standard that defines a uniform and consistent system for abbreviating serial publication titles and journals.

How to publish in Scientific Reports

If your research field is/are related to Multidisciplinary (Q1), then please visit the official website of this journal.

Acceptance Rate

The journal has been described as a megajournal, conceptually similar to PLOS ONE, with a business model based on article processing charges.The journal's editorial board is extremely large, with several thousand listed members. The Guide to Referees states that to be published, "a paper must be scientifically valid and technically sound in methodology and analysis", and reviewers have to ensure manuscripts "are not assessed based on their perceived importance, significance or impact", but this procedure has been questioned.

The acceptance rate for Scientific Reports was reported to be 48%, based on the published rate by the journal in 2019.

The acceptance rate/percentage of any academic journal/conference depends upon many parameters. Some of the critical parameters are listed below.

  • The demand or interest of researchers/scientists in publishing in a specific Journal/Conference.
  • Peer review complexity and timeline.
  • The mix of unsolicited and invited submissions.
  • The time it takes from manuscript submission to final publication.
  • And Many More.

It is essential to understand that the acceptance rate/rejection rate of papers varies among journals. Some Journals considers all the manuscripts submissions as a basis of acceptance rate computation. On the other hand, few consider the only manuscripts sent for peer review or few even not bother about the accurate maintenance of total submissions. Hence, it can provide a rough estimation only.

The best way to find out the acceptance rate is to reach out to the associated editor or to check the official website of the Journal/Conference.

Editorial Process of Scientific Reports

The editorial process at Scientific Reports focuses on ensuring that all papers published are of high technical quality, allowing the scientific community to determine the impact of the work. The process emphasizes the robustness and validity of the research, considering methodological, analytical, statistical, and ethical perspectives, instead of relying on subjective decisions regarding the manuscripts.

Please refer to the following link to learn about the manuscript preparation guidelines. The subsequent points outline the stages involved in the editorial process:

Initial quality check:

  • Upon manuscript submission, a comprehensive check is conducted to ensure compliance with Nature Research editorial and publishing policies.
  • This stage includes assessments of authorship, competing interests, ethics approval, and plagiarism.
  • The process is overseen to guarantee that the manuscript contains all the necessary information for editors and peer reviewers to conduct a fair and thorough assessment.

Evaluation by Editorial Board Member:

  • Once the manuscript passes the initial quality check, it is assigned to an Editorial Board Member who is an active researcher in the relevant field.
  • The Board Member determines if the work is suitable for peer review and selects two or three appropriate peer reviewers.
  • Factors such as expertise, experience, and potential conflicts of interest are taken into account when choosing reviewers.
  • While authors may suggest potential reviewers, the final selection is not obligated to follow these recommendations.
  • Authors may specify up to three individuals or laboratories they prefer not to review their paper, and these exclusions will be respected.
  • In cases where securing sufficient peer reviewers becomes challenging, Research Square, our publishing partner, may assist in identifying suitable reviewers to prevent delays.
  • Reviewers recruited through Research Square receive a small honorarium for completing the review within the specified timeframe. The reviewers remain anonymous, unless they explicitly request their identities to be disclosed.

Peer review:

  • Peer reviewers thoroughly evaluate the technical soundness, scientific validity, and ethical robustness of the methods, analysis, and interpretation presented in the manuscript.
  • The reviewers submit written reports, which are then delivered to the Editorial Board Member.


  • Based on the input from the peer reviewers, the Editorial Board Member makes a decision regarding the manuscript.
  • The decision may involve accepting the work as is, requesting minor or major revisions, or rejecting the paper due to unresolvable concerns.
  • The goal is to provide the first decision on a manuscript within 45 days of submission.

If revisions are requested:

  • If authors receive an invitation to revise their manuscript, they will be provided with a specific deadline and a revision link to submit their revised work.
  • The revision should be accompanied by a point-by-point response addressing the issues raised in the review, along with the corresponding changes made in the manuscript.
  • Upon resubmission, the manuscript may be sent back to the original referees or new ones, at the discretion of the Editorial Board Member.
  • Generally, accepted manuscripts undergo one round of revision before final acceptance for publication. Authors should ensure that all raised issues are adequately addressed in the initial revision round.
  • The editorial support team is available to assist authors throughout the review process.

Publication readiness:

  • After addressing all editorial concerns, the paper will be approved and readied for online publication.
  • Authors will receive a proof of their article before online publication, which should be carefully reviewed to ensure scientific accuracy during the formatting process.
  • Any changes to the title, author list, or scientific content can only be made after the initial submission, and these modifications must receive approval from the publishing team.

In the event of manuscript rejection:

  • A rejection decision may occur if the Editorial Board Member determines that the work is not suitable for publication, even after revision.
  • If authors believe that the rejection decision was influenced by scientific misunderstanding or reviewer bias, they have the option to request a reconsideration of the rejection decision from the Editorial Board. However, it's important to note that due to the high volume of submissions and the commitment to providing quality service to all authors, appeals of rejected manuscripts may take several weeks to be addressed.
  • Only one appeal is permitted for each manuscript, and appeals can only be made after the completion of the peer review process.
  • The final decision regarding the appeal rests with the Editorial Board Member handling the paper.
  • Decisions on appeals are only reversed if it is evident that the original decision was a significant mistake, such as a referee making factual errors or displaying clear evidence of bias, and if reversing the referee's opinion would have led to a different outcome.
  • If an appeal merits further consideration, the Editorial Board Member may choose to send the authors' response and the revised paper for additional peer review.

Scientific Reports prioritizes the integrity and thoroughness of the editorial process to ensure the publication of high-quality scientific research.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What's the latest impact IF of the Scientific Reports?

Scientific Reports latest impact IF is 4.44. It's evaluated in the year 2022. The highest and the lowest impact IF or impact score of this journal are 6.02 (2014) and 4.08 (2020), respectively, in the last 9 years. Moreover, its average IS is 4.7 in the previous 9 years.

What's the SCImago Journal Rank (SJR) of the Scientific Reports?

The Scientific Reports has an SJR (SCImago Journal Rank) of 0.973, according to the latest data. It is computed in the year 2023. In the past 9 years, this journal has recorded a range of SJR, with the highest being 2.163 in 2014 and the lowest being 0.973 in 2022. Furthermore, the average SJR of the Scientific Reports over the previous 9-year period stands at 4.7.

What's the latest h-index of the Scientific Reports?

The latest h-index of the Scientific Reports is 282.

Who's the publisher of the Scientific Reports?

The Scientific Reports is published by the Nature Publishing Group, with its country of publication being the United Kingdom.

What's the current ranking of the Scientific Reports?

The Scientific Reports is currently ranked 4401 out of 27955 Journals, Conferences, and Book Series in the latest ranking. Over the course of the last 9 years, this journal has experienced varying rankings, reaching its highest position of 1213 in 2014 and its lowest position of 4401 in 2022.

What's the abbreviation or short name for the Scientific Reports?

The standard ISO4 abbreviation for the Scientific Reports is Sci. Rep..

Is the "Scientific Reports" classified as a Journal, Conference and Proceedings, Trade Journal or Book Series?

Scientific Reports is classified as a journal that the Nature Publishing Group publishes.

What's the scope or major areas of the Scientific Reports?

The Scientific Reports encompasses the following areas:

  • Multidisciplinary

For a more comprehensive understanding of its scope, check the official website of this journal.

What's the ISSN of the Scientific Reports?

The Scientific Reports is assigned the following International Standard Serial Numbers (ISSN): 20452322.

What's the best quartile of the Scientific Reports?

The best quartile for the Scientific Reports is Q1 (2022).

What's the coverage history of the Scientific Reports?

The Scientific Reports coverage history can be summarized as follows: 2011-2022.

Credits and Sources

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Transnational Corporations journal 6120 UNCTAD United Nations Conference on Trade and Development 27 1.92
Howard Journal of Communications journal 9564 Taylor and Francis Ltd. 36 1.66

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Year wise Impact Score (IS) of Scientific Reports

Impact Score Table

Year Impact Score (IS)
2023/2024 Coming Soon
2022 4.44
2021 4.56
2020 4.08
2019 4.12
2018 4.17
2017 4.45
2016 4.65
2015 5.78
2014 6.02

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