Top 20 Biochemistry Journals of 2022

Whether you are trying to decide where to publish your research findings, searching for a thought-provoking publication to share at journal club, or simply interested in exploring the latest literature, this article is likely to help you to achieve your aims. We have outlined the rankings of the best journals from the field of Biochemistry according to impact factor, Google’s h5-index, and the scoring system of the research group SCImago.

Note that this article focuses on the “general” rankings of scientific journals related to Biochemistry. If you would prefer to consider the rankings of journals dedicated to particular sub-topics within the field then this article may not satisfy your needs.

If the accessibility of a journal is of importance to you, keep in mind that the journals we have listed may not have open access status.

Historically, quantitative metrics such as impact factor have provided an objective method for comparing the relative influence and prestige of competing journals. However, the quality of a journal should be assessed holistically and not be based on metrics alone.

In addition to considering the data in this article, we encourage you to visit the website of each journal where you can learn about its purpose and scope, editorial board and practices, and detailed metrics beyond impact factor, which will better inform your search.

Google ranks scientific journals using the h5-index, an index that considers publications in the journal over the past 5 years and that is intended to take into account both the number and quality of publications.

Google’s h5-index value is calculated to maximize both the number of published papers and the number of citations. According to wikipedia, the “h-index is defined as the maximum value of h such that the given author/journal has published h papers that have each been cited at least h times.”

SCImago, a data science and visualization research group from Spain, has also ranked the top journals in Biochemistry. Their most recent release is for the year 2021.

The SCImago Journal Ranking (SJR) considers not only the number of citations but also the relative prestige of the citation sources, with greater rank enhancement provided by citations from high prestige journals. The SJR is normalized to 1 with an SJR greater than 1 indicating “above average” citation potential.

Data regarding the impact factor of each journal represents the current two-year impact factor as identified by the Journal Citation Reports. Check out our article on the history, definition, and implications of impact factor for more information on the metric.

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Top 20 Biochemistry Journals Ranked by Google (2022)

  1. Nucleic Acids Research – h5-index: 238
  2. Molecular Cell – h5-index: 149
  3. Journal of Biological Chemistry – h5-index: 102
  4. The EMBO Journal – h5-index: 102
  5. Nature Chemical Biology – h5-index: 100
  6. Redox Biology – h5-index: 98
  7. Nature Structural & Molecular Biology – h5-index: 96
  8. Free Radical Biology and Medicine – h5-index: 92
  9. Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications – h5-index: 84
  10. Antioxidants – h5-index: 80
  11. Biomolecules – h5-index: 76
  12. Trends in Biochemical Sciences – h5-index: 75
  13. FEBS Journal – h5-index: 73
  14. Antioxidants & Redox Signaling – h5-index: 73
  15. Annual Review of Biochemistry – h5-index: 72
  16. Journal of Cellular Biochemistry – h5-index: 72
  17. Molecular Biology of the Cell – h5-index: 70
  18. Matrix Biology – h5-index: 68
  19. Current Opinion in Chemical Biology – h5-index: 67
  20. Journal of Biomolecular Structure and Dynamics – h5-index: 66

Top 20 Biochemistry Journals Ranked by SCImago (2021)

  1. Annual Review of Biochemistry – Journal Ranking: 13.085
  2. Nature Catalysis – Journal Ranking: 12.887
  3. Nature Methods – Journal Ranking: 12.115
  4. Annual Review of Biophysics – Journal Ranking: 7.164
  5. Chem – Journal Ranking: 6.073
  6. Journal of the American Chemical Society – Journal Ranking: 5.728
  7. Current Protocols in Bioinformatics – Journal Ranking: 5.626
  8. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Computational Molecular Science – Journal Ranking: 4.903
  9. Blood – Journal Ranking: 4.834
  10. Protein Science – Journal Ranking: 4.602
  11. Cell Discovery – Journal Ranking: 4.248
  12. PLoS Medicine – Journal Ranking: 4.180
  13. Trends in Biochemical Sciences – Journal Ranking: 4.093
  14. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: RNA – Journal Ranking: 4.056
  15. Bioinformatics – Journal Ranking: 3.400
  16. Molecular Aspects of Medicine – Journal Ranking: 3.226
  17. EMBO Reports – Journal Ranking: 3.180
  18. Science Signaling – Journal Ranking: 3.140
  19. Critical Reviews in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology – Journal Ranking: 2.999
  20. IUCrJ – Journal Ranking: 2.873

Top 50 Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Journals Ranked by Impact Factor (2022)

  1. Nature Medicine – Impact Factor: 87.241
  2. Cell – Impact Factor: 66.85
  3. Molecular Cancer – Impact Factor: 41.444
  4. Signal Transduction and Targeted Therapy – Impact Factor: 38.104
  5. Annual Review of Biochemistry – Impact Factor: 27.258
  6. Molecular Plant – Impact Factor: 21.949
  7. Molecular Cell – Impact Factor: 19.328
  8. Nucleic Acids Research – Impact Factor: 19.16
  9. Nature Structural & Molecular Biology – Impact Factor: 18.361
  10. Trends in Microbiology – Impact Factor: 18.23
  11. Cytokine & Growth Factor Reviews – Impact Factor: 17.66
  12. Molecular Aspects of Medicine – Impact Factor: 16.337
  13. Nature Chemical Biology – Impact Factor: 16.174
  14. Trends in Molecular Medicine – Impact Factor: 15.272
  15. Natural Product Reports – Impact Factor: 15.111
  16. Progress in Lipid Research – Impact Factor: 14.673
  17. Trends in Biochemical Sciences – Impact Factor: 14.264
  18. EMBO Journal – Impact Factor: 14.012
  19. Molecular Psychiatry – Impact Factor: 13.437
  20. Molecular Systems Biology – Impact Factor: 13.068
  21. Experimental and Molecular Medicine – Impact Factor: 12.153
  22. Plant Cell – Impact Factor: 12.085
  23. Cell Death and Differentiation – Impact Factor: 12.067
  24. Biochimica Et Biophysica Acta: Reviews on Cancer – Impact Factor: 11.414
  25. Cell Systems – Impact Factor: 11.091
  26. Current Biology – Impact Factor: 10.9
  27. Redox Biology – Impact Factor: 10.787
  28. International Journal of Biological Sciences – Impact Factor: 10.75
  29. Matrix Biology – Impact Factor: 10.447
  30. PLOS Biology – Impact Factor: 9.593
  31. Cell and Bioscience – Impact Factor: 9.584
  32. Science Signaling – Impact Factor: 9.517
  33. Genome Research – Impact Factor: 9.438
  34. Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences – Impact Factor: 9.207
  35. Journal of Integrative Plant Biology – Impact Factor: 9.106
  36. EMBO Reports – Impact Factor: 9.071
  37. Cell Chemical Biology – Impact Factor: 9.039
  38. Current Opinion in Chemical Biology – Impact Factor: 8.972
  39. Molecular Biology and Evolution – Impact Factor: 8.8
  40. Oncogene – Impact Factor: 8.756
  41. Cellular & Molecular Biology Letters – Impact Factor: 8.702
  42. Critical Reviews in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology – Impact Factor: 8.697
  43. Molecular Ecology Resources – Impact Factor: 8.678
  44. Plant Communications – Impact Factor: 8.625
  45. Free Radical Biology and Medicine – Impact Factor: 8.101
  46. International Journal of Biological Macromolecules – Impact Factor: 8.025
  47. Biomedical Journal – Impact Factor: 7.892
  48. Current Opinion in Structural Biology – Impact Factor: 7.786
  49. American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology – Impact Factor: 7.748
  50. Antioxidants – Impact Factor: 7.675

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