SpringerPlus to receive an Impact Factor!


The SpringerPlus Team & Board of Editors are proud to announce that SpringerPlus has been accepted for indexing by Thomson Reuters. The Journal will be listed in SCIE (ISI Web of Science), the Journal Citation Reports, Biological Abstracts, and BIOSIS.

SpringerPlus will also receive its first Impact Factor in June 2016!

Being accepted for these services is a welcome endorsement from Thomson Reuters, and confirms that SpringerPlus continues to meet a high level of quality. We are delighted to receive this recognition.

“SpringerPlus has an inclusive scope”

SpringerPlus is Springer’s peer-reviewed, Open Access journal publishing articles across all scholarly disciplines. This includes interdisciplinary research or article types which can be difficult to publish in defined-scope journals. We guarantee publication to all research which is validated as being scientifically and methodologically sound by active scholars.

Sections15Since the launch of SpringerPlus in 2012, the journal has received over 3,500 submissions and has published almost 2000 manuscripts across many sub-disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering, Medicine and the Humanities & Social Sciences. All content since our launch will be listed so we are pleased to inform the authors of these ~2000 articles that they will also benefit from the services offered by Thomson Reuters.

“Quality is guaranteed!”

We screen manuscripts for quality and ethical considerations, and we help authors to improve their manuscripts when needed. Our review processes are fast and predictable and our board of International Editors and reviewers will never reject a manuscript without feedback. Our rejection rate currently stands at 55%; a clear indication that SpringerPlus provides a high quality publishing venue for all sound research.

“SCIE adds to our list of great author services”

Citation tracking and inclusion in SCIE (ISI Web of Science) will help to further enhance the author services already provided by the Journal; many of our authors require SCIE indexing to meet publication requirements set out by their institutions or funding bodies, and we are very happy that we can now provide this.

SpringerPlus is already indexed by Scopus, PubMed and Google Scholar and we award DOI (digital object identifier) registrations to all articles to enable easy citation and help build an author’s H-index. Furthermore, SpringerPlus‘ open access policy allows maximum visibility for our published articles – they are freely available to a global audience. Authors who are unable to pay the article processing fee can apply for support from the Springer waiver fund.


“SpringerPlus is a platform for flexible publishing”

Alongside customary journal content submitted to one of our Journal Sections, SpringerPlus also supports the publication of defined-scope article Collections, Edited by separate Boards of leading academics. A Collection can be organized as a standard Special Issue, or managed as a standalone continuous-publication Journal within SpringerPlus. For more information, and a full list of Collections that you can submit to now, please view the Collections Homepage.

Join us!

We would like to invite you to join us in our celebration: check out articles that we have published in your discipline, and consider SpringerPlus for your own research! Don’t forget to watch out for our year-long #3YearsofSpringerPlus discounts and promotions – new ones are highlighted every month on our Announcement Page! Follow us on Social Media to keep up to date.

Here are a few of our most cited articles to date:


…and some interesting articles which have created a buzz on Social Media:

IronMan33 Ironman triathlons in 33 days–a case study

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Capture2Leading across cultures in the human age: an empirical investigation of intercultural competency among global leaders


We look forward to advertising our Impact Factor on the Journal Homepage in June 2016!

Team1The SpringerPlus Team

(from left to right: Max Haring, Sarah Dodds, Valeria Olivo, Lauren Gonnella)

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Sarmishtha Chanda

The journal is good but have to reflect an impact factor. The journal have to reflect its own core area for publication.

Dr. Shahbaz Pervez Chattha

Whats the Impact Factor of SpringerPlus this journal ?
Also is it indexed by ISI ?

Dr Prabhakar Kumar Verma

Journal covers life , health and basic sciences this is really good for researcher.

Sameh S. Ali

Really this Journal is so great, I am lucky to publish in this journal because when i contacted with Sarah Dodds, she was active, kind, and coopetative from the time of submission till publication. Really Great, respective and coopetative team of SpringerPlus. Hope to be lucky for publishing again in this journal

Scott Epstein

Hello, thanks for your comment. Most figures would be published CC-BY, meaning no restrictions on re-use, so in most cases, you can just use the figures, as long as you attribute/cite the source. The only exception is if the figure itself contains a citation/permission note (that is, our article was itself re-using a figure that wasn’t original). In which case you’d have to approach the original source.

I hope that helps!

Arshad Ali Shedayi

I found this Journal very good. The editorial team is so supportive and working hard. Now it is the responsibility of all editors, authors and reviewers to put quality research work to improve the ranking of this useful journal.

One question I want to ask from the editorial team. What will be the status of the papers published before June 2016? Will all previous published articles receive the same JCR impact factor or the impact factor will be applied only to the articles will be published after June 2016.

Muhammad Usman

My question is same as Arshad Ali Shedayi, What will be the status of papers published before june 2016.

Scott Epstein

I think one way to look at that is that the JIF analyzes cites in 2015 to articles published in 2014 and 2013. I’m not sure if that helps?


If you have access to the Web of Science catalogue, you can observe that SpringerPlus updates it frequently, thereby, indexing those papers published before June 2016. In effect, all papers published (2013, 2014) are indexed and receives JCR impact factor. I even found older papers being indexed in the WoS catalogue.

Scott Epstein

ThomsonReuters will be releasing the Impact Factor in the coming weeks—usually in mid-June.


We are waiting for the impact factor. But I just heard SpringPlus ceasing. So it will have impact factor or not? Thanks.

Scott Epstein

All content that is published in the journal will continue to be sent to indexing services, including Web of Science. SpringerPlus is listed in the 2015 Journal Citation Reports, will get an Impact Factor, and individual articles should continue to be archived and searchable in Web of Science after the journal ceases publication.


I don’t understand it’s ceasing. It should continue but narrow the scope to the 3-5 fields it was receiving most submissions.

Scott Epstein

Thanks for your enquiry. The SpringerPlus team has contacted you directly to respond.


It looks like that JCR impact factor has been released.
Does anyone know the formal impact factor of SpringerPlus? and the reference of impact factor? Thank you!


Thank you dear editor.
By the way, can you show us the JCR link mentioning the impact factor or post a new blog article for this? Many readers and authors cannot wait it anymore.
Thank you again!

Scott Epstein

Hi. The 2015 IF is 0.982; the link would point to a place behind ThomsonReuter’s paywall, so I’m not sure how helpful that would be to those who don’t have access.

Walaa Shahin

Dear Scott ,
I didn’t get your point
Why didn’t you announce on your journal home page the new impact factor . This is very important to all authors

Scott Epstein

It is there now. It does take some time to update the journal pages across all of Springer Nature. Thanks.

Belay Duguma

Dear Scott,

My manuscript was published on 14 June 2016. It is part of my PhD study planned to be finished in December 2016. I can’t use this article unless it have IF and may interrupt my plan to complete my study as scheduled. you said that the 2015 IF is 0.982. Does this IF work for articles published in June 2016? Thank you!

Scott Epstein

Hi. I’ve reached out to our Abstracting and Indexing expert to find out. I’ll let you know what I learn. Thanks.

Scott Epstein

Hello. I’ve now heard back. As the journal will be publishing throughout 2016, it will get a 2016 Impact Factor next June. Thanks.


Thanks so much!!!Hope we will certainly have SpringerPlus accepting new submissions

Reetu Malhotra

Springerplus is very good journal. Fast Processing Time.Thanks to Springer plus’s team. It’s very cooperative and supportive team. Please tell when we can send our research paper

Reetu Malhotra

Dear Sir, our paper has been published in 2015 .
Manuscript Number: PLUS-D-15-00945
Title: Comparative Analysis of Two Stochastic Models of a Cable Manufacturing Plant with Varying Demand
please tell me impact factor at that time. i need its proof .please do the favour


Dont worry man. The new iF for springerplus covered 2013-2014 papers. Next years IF will cover 2014-2015. So SpringerPlus will still receive JCR IF for the next 2 years even if they cease publication. Its a smart way of managing their IF by ceasing publication and anticipating an increment in citations to match the number of published papers. SpringerPlus will certainly start accepting new submissions in the future after managing their IF well. Just watch this space.


Oh really?
Is there any possibility for springerplus to restart accepting manuscripts in the future?


I found that the articles in Springerplus were not updated in Web of Science after July 4, 2016. Why?. Was my published paper in Springerplus searched by web of science?

Scott Epstein

Hello. Sorry for the delay. We’ve heard back from ThomsonReuters about this; they’ve had a backlog in indexing new material. They tell us that this backlog should be cleared up within the next week or so.

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