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Top 11 Multidisciplinary Scientific Journals


Multidisciplinary Scientific Journals are periodical publications in academia intended to further the progress of science, usually by reporting new research. In this article, phdpro listed the Top 9 high impact factor Multidisciplinary Scientific Journals in academia.

Top 9 Multidisciplinary Scientific Journals

1. Nature

Nature is the most recognized scientific multidisciplinary journals in the world. since 1869, more than a century the journal’s contribution to the scientific community is remarkable.



DisciplineNatural sciences
Edited byMagdalena Skipper
History4 November 1869–present
PublisherNature Research (a subsidiary of Springer Nature) (United Kingdom)
Impact factor42.778 (2019)

2. Science

Science was founded by New York journalist John Michels in 1880 with financial support from Thomas Edison and later from Alexander Graham Bell. In an agreement worked out by Cattell and AAAS secretary Leland O. Howard, Science became the journal of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 1900.

Edited byHolden Thorp
History1880 (141 years ago) – present
PublisherAmerican Association for the Advancement of Science (United States)
Open accessDelayed
Impact factor41.845 (2019)

3. Science Advances

Science Advances is a peer-reviewed multidisciplinary open-access scientific journal established in early 2015 and published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The journal’s scope includes all areas of science, including life sciences, physical sciences, social sciences, computer sciences, and environmental sciences.

Edited byHolden Thorp, Ali Shilatifard
PublisherAmerican Association for the Advancement of Science
Open accessYes
LicenseCC-BY or CC BY-NC
Impact factor13.116 (2019)

4. Nature Communications

Nature Communications is a peer-reviewed, open-access, scientific journal published by Nature Research since 2010. It is a multidisciplinary journal and it covers the natural sciences, including physics, chemistry, earth sciences, medicine, and biology.

DisciplineNatural sciences
Edited byElisa De Ranieri
PublisherNature Research
Frequencycontinuous, upon acceptance
Open accessYes
LicenseCreative Commons licenses
Impact factor12.121 (2019)

5. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (often abbreviated PNAS or PNAS USA) is a peer-reviewed multidisciplinary scientific journal. It is the official journal of the National Academy of Sciences, published since 1915, and publishes original research, scientific reviews, commentaries, and letters. According to Journal Citation Reports, the journal has a 2019 impact factor of 9.412.

Edited byMay Berenbaum
PublisherUnited States National Academy of Sciences (United States)
Open accessHybrid, delayed (after 6 months)
Impact factor9.412 (2019)

6. Scientific Reports

Scientific Reports is an online peer-reviewed open access scientific mega journal published by Nature Research, covering all areas of the natural sciences. The journal was launched in 2011. The journal has announced that its aim is to assess solely the scientific validity of a submitted paper, rather than its perceived importance, significance or impact.

DisciplineNatural sciences
Edited byRichard White
PublisherNature Research
Open accessYes
LicenseCreative Commons Attribution
Impact factor3.998 (2019)

7. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A

Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences is a fortnightly peer-reviewed scientific journal published by the Royal Society. It publishes original research and reviews content in a wide range of physical science disciplines. Articles can be accessed online a few months before the printed journal.

DisciplinePhysics, chemistry, mathematics, engineering, earth sciences
Edited byJohn Dainton
PublisherRoyal Society (United Kingdom)
Open accessHybrid and delayed, after 24 months
Impact factor3.093 (2018)

8. Proceedings of the Royal Society

Proceedings of the Royal Society is the parent title of two scientific journals published by the Royal Society. Originally a single journal, it was split into two separate journals in 1905: Part A: which publishes research related to mathematical, physical, and engineering sciences (including computer science) Part B: which publishes research related to biology The two journals are the Royal Society’s main research journals. Many celebrated names in science have published their research in the Proceedings of the Royal Society.

DisciplineNatural sciences
Edited byMichael Lockwood
PublisherRoyal Society (United Kingdom)
Open accessHybrid
Impact factor2.741 (2019)

9. PLOS One

PLOS One (stylized PLOS ONE, and formerly PLoS ONE) is a peer-reviewed open access scientific journal published by the Public Library of Science (PLOS) since 2006. The journal covers primary research from any discipline within science and medicine. 

Edited byJoerg Heber
PublisherPublic Library of Science
FrequencyUpon acceptance
Open accessYes
LicenseCreative Commons Attribution License 4.0 International
Impact factor2.740 (2019)

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