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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. In this journal a paper is not assessed based on its perceived importance, significance or impact, but rather is considered solely on its scientific validity.
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 has increased from 2.927 in 2012 to 5.228 in 2015. It has since dropped down to 4.259 in 2016.
Scientific Reports has been described as a mega journal, conceptually similar to PLOS ONE, based on article processing charges and a peer review model emphasizing scientific quality, rather than perceived impact. Its editorial board is extremely large, with over a 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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