Top 20 Computer Science 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 Computer Science 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 Computer Science. 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 Computer Science. 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 Engineering and Computer Science Journals Ranked by Google (2022)

  1. IEEE Access – h5-index: 200
  2. Chemical Engineering Journal – h5-index: 181
  3. ACS Energy Letters – h5-index: 155
  4. Sensors – h5-index: 145
  5. IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics – h5-index: 140
  6. IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics – h5-index: 137
  7. International Journal of Information Management – h5-index: 126
  8. ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering – h5-index: 123
  9. Information Sciences – h5-index: 121
  10. ACM Computing Surveys (CSUR) – h5-index: 113
  11. Chemistry – h5-index: 112
  12. Fuel – h5-index: 107
  13. Applied Sciences – h5-index: 105
  14. Mechanical Systems and Signal Processing – h5-index: 103
  15. Proceedings of the IEEE – h5-index: 101
  16. Sustainable Cities and Society – h5-index: 101
  17. Information Fusion – h5-index: 97
  18. Telematics and Informatics – h5-index: 93
  19. Procedia Computer Science – h5-index: 93
  20. Building and Environment – h5-index: 92

Top 20 Computer Science Journals Ranked by SCImago (2021)

  1. IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid – Journal Ranking: 5.251
  2. Advances in Computers – Journal Ranking: 5.202
  3. ACM Computing Surveys – Journal Ranking: 5.090
  4. Proceedings of the IEEE – Journal Ranking: 4.678
  5. Computers and Education – Journal Ranking: 3.676
  6. npj Quantum Information – Journal Ranking: 3.385
  7. Foundations and Trends in Information Retrieval – Journal Ranking: 3.343
  8. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery – Journal Ranking: 2.901
  9. IEEE INFOCOM – Journal Ranking: 2.789
  10. Swarm and Evolutionary Computation – Journal Ranking: 2.722
  11. Computer Science Review – Journal Ranking: 2.562
  12. Artificial Intelligence in Agriculture – Journal Ranking: 2.471
  13. Computers in Industry – Journal Ranking: 2.427
  14. Proceedings of the VLDB Endowment – Journal Ranking: 2.376
  15. European Journal of Operational Research – Journal Ranking: 2.354
  16. SIAM Journal on Computing – Journal Ranking: 2.349
  17. IEEE Transactions on Dependable and Secure Computing – Journal Ranking: 2.265
  18. IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Magazine – Journal Ranking: 2.231
  19. Computers and Operations Research – Journal Ranking: 1.855
  20. Human-centric Computing and Information Sciences – Journal Ranking: 1.777

Top 50 Computer Science Journals Ranked by Impact Factor (2022)

  1. Nature Machine Intelligence – Impact Factor: 25.898
  2. Medical Image Analysis – Impact Factor: 13.828
  3. Journal of Industrial Information Integration – Impact Factor: 11.718
  4. IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics – Impact Factor: 11.648
  5. Computers in Industry – Impact Factor: 11.245
  6. Computers & Education – Impact Factor: 11.182
  7. IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging – Impact Factor: 11.037
  8. Robotics and Computer: Integrated Manufacturing – Impact Factor: 10.103
  9. Computer-Aided Civil and Infrastructure Engineering – Impact Factor: 10.066
  10. Journal of Cheminformatics – Impact Factor: 8.489
  11. Applied Soft Computing – Impact Factor: 8.263
  12. Archives of Computational Methods in Engineering – Impact Factor: 8.171
  13. Engineering With Computers – Impact Factor: 8.083
  14. Journal of Biomedical Informatics – Impact Factor: 8
  15. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association – Impact Factor: 7.942
  16. Computational Linguistics – Impact Factor: 7.778
  17. Computers and Concrete – Impact Factor: 7.628
  18. Journal of Network and Computer Applications – Impact Factor: 7.574
  19. Computers & Industrial Engineering – Impact Factor: 7.18
  20. Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine – Impact Factor: 7.027
  21. IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics – Impact Factor: 7.021
  22. Journal of Statistical Software – Impact Factor: 6.992
  23. Computers and Electronics in Agriculture – Impact Factor: 6.757
  24. Computers in Biology and Medicine – Impact Factor: 6.698
  25. Journal of Computational Design and Engineering – Impact Factor: 6.167
  26. Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling – Impact Factor: 6.162
  27. Integrated Computer-aided Engineering – Impact Factor: 6.137
  28. Machine Learning-science and Technology – Impact Factor: 6.013
  29. Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering – Impact Factor: 5.802
  30. Electronic Commerce Research and Applications – Impact Factor: 5.622
  31. Environmental Modelling & Software – Impact Factor: 5.471
  32. Computers & Structures – Impact Factor: 5.372
  33. Computers and Geotechnics – Impact Factor: 5.218
  34. Computers & Geosciences – Impact Factor: 5.168
  35. Computers & Operations Research – Impact Factor: 5.159
  36. International Journal of Interactive Multimedia and Artificial Intelligence – Impact Factor: 4.936
  37. Industrial Management & Data Systems – Impact Factor: 4.803
  38. Computer Physics Communications – Impact Factor: 4.717
  39. Virtual Reality – Impact Factor: 4.697
  40. Journal of Computational Physics – Impact Factor: 4.645
  41. IEEE Transactions on Learning Technologies – Impact Factor: 4.433
  42. Big Data – Impact Factor: 4.426
  43. International Journal of Computer Integrated Manufacturing – Impact Factor: 4.42
  44. Social Science Computer Review – Impact Factor: 4.418
  45. Journal of Informetrics – Impact Factor: 4.373
  46. Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization – Impact Factor: 4.279
  47. Advances in Engineering Software – Impact Factor: 4.255
  48. Simulation Modelling Practice and Theory – Impact Factor: 4.199
  49. Journal of Computer-Aided Molecular Design – Impact Factor: 4.179
  50. Computers & Electrical Engineering – Impact Factor: 4.152

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