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Scientific Reports is an online open access scientific mega journal published by the Nature Publishing Group, covering all areas of the natural sciences. The journal aims to assess solely the scientific validity of a submitted paper, rather than its perceived importance, significance or impact.
On 23 August 2016, a blog post on the Scholarly Kitchen mentioned that the journal was likely to become the largest one in the world, overtaking open access PLOS ONE. This indeed occurred in September 2016 and was later confirmed in the first quarter of 2017.
Scientific Reports is abstracted and indexed in the Chemical Abstracts Service,PubMed & PMC, selectively Index medicus & MEDLINE, and the Science Citation Index. According to the Journal Citation Reports, the journal's impact factor increased from 2.927 in 2012 to 5.228 in 2015. It dropped down to 4.122 in 2018.
Scientific Reports has been described as a mega journal, conceptually similar to PLOS ONE, based on article processing charges. Its peer review model claims to emphasize scientific quality, rather than perceived impact. Its editorial board is extremely large, with several thousand listed members. In 2015, an editor, Mark Maslin, resigned from Scientific Reports  when the journal introduced a trial of a fast-track peer-review service for biology manuscripts in exchange for an additional fee.
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