Open access

Here, I want to write about “Nature Scientific Reports” journal which is a highly respected and famous peer-reviewed open access journal in my field of study. I have adapted the following from the journal website.”Scientific Reports is an online, open access journal from the publishers of Nature. These Scientific Reports articles get hosted on nature.com, “which receives an average of over 8 million unique visitors each month”. In addition, “weekly round-ups of all published papers and subject-specific e-alerts will bring further attention” to the papers.”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″

Aims and Scope
“Scientific Reports publishes original research in all areas of the natural and clinical sciences”. They believe that “if your research is scientifically valid and technically sound then it deserves to be published and made accessible to the research community”. In this regard, they also say “By publishing with us, your research will get the coverage and attention it deserves. Open access and continuous online publication mean your work will be published swiftly, ready to be accessed by anyone, anywhere, at any time”.

About the journal being Open Access
“Scientific Reports is an open access journal. Articles in the journal are free to access, download, share, and re-use”; they are “published open access under a CC BY license (Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License). The CC BY license allows for maximum dissemination and re-use of open access materials and is preferred by many research funding bodies. Under this license users are free to share (copy, distribute and transmit) and remix (adapt) the contribution including for commercial purposes, providing they attribute the contribution in the manner specified by the author or licensor (read full legal code)”. The website related to this journal has referred to the following items as the benefits of open access journals:


– Increased citation and usage
– Greater public engagement
– Faster impact
– Broader collaboration
– Increased interdisciplinary interaction.”

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5 Responses to Open access

  1. xsharma says:

    The push for open access will certainly be helped with journals like these. When publishers of major closed journals also introduce another of journals which are open access, I would think these new open access journals are more likely to succeed.

    I understand that prestigoius closed journals will not become open access. But I hope publishers of other major journals also do what the publishers of Nature have done- introduce open access journals that are parallel to their major closed access publication.

  2. jcwoods says:

    I like the fact that you provided the metrics of the journal. In considering the relevance of a journal, it is important to take note of the impact factor and other key attributes which will impact your publication. Journals that also allow researchers to reuse materials is also a strong evidence of open access. In your analysis of this journal, did you come across anyting charges related to publication such as Articple Publishing/Processing Charge? If so, what do you make of charges to authors if journals are meant to be Open Access to their work?

  3. maryammoarefian says:

    Nature scientific reports is a model of a prestigious open-access journal. As mentioned on their website, they look for quality wise publications such as scientifically valid, high technical quality,
    robust reproducibility, comprehensively analyzed, and etc.
    Robust reproducibility will be examined by increasing usage and publicly accessible journal which is the best advantage of publishing in an open-access journal. Thank you for your post and useful pieces of information.

  4. fffinch says:

    Your post made me consider the mutually beneficial nature of Open Access journals. Obviously, an open access journal is an asset to someone collecting research because he or she is not blocked by a pay wall to something useful or interesting. However, the published researcher also stands to benefit because his research can get the “coverage and attention it deserves.” This seems like a very influential pull to publish in an open access journal, because, as we discussed before, part of the push to publish is the push to make impressions. The benefit of open access on the author’s part mirrors what Dean DePauw said about teaching at the community college level (where there are less barriers to access than at the traditional university): it is a place to have the greatest impact on the greatest number.

  5. Jaisohn Kim says:

    It’s cool to see the different stats (multiple impact factors, etc.) that this journal provides. A high impact factor is a strong motivator to publish within that journal, and providing impact factors over a range of years help sell the journal’s success. Are the metrics generally the same year after year, or was there a “jump” in the impact factors/eigenfactor scores somewhere?

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