Top 20 Medicine 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 fields of General Medicine and Internal Medicine 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 Medicine. If you would prefer to consider the rankings of journals dedicated to particular sub-topics within the field, such as oncology or transplantation, 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 Medicine. 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 Medicine Journals Ranked by Google (2022)

  1. The New England Journal of Medicine – h5-index: 432
  2. The Lancet – h5-index: 354
  3. Cell – h5-index: 300
  4. JAMA – h5-index: 267
  5. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences – h5-index: 256
  6. Nature Medicine – h5-index: 235
  7. Journal of Clinical Oncology – h5-index: 213
  8. The Lancet Oncology – h5-index: 202
  9. PLoS ONE – h5-index: 198
  10. Journal of the American College of Cardiology – h5-index: 195
  11. Nature Genetics – h5-index: 191
  12. BMJ – h5-index: 190
  13. Circulation – h5-index: 189
  14. International Journal of Molecular Sciences – h5-index: 183
  15. The Lancet Infectious Diseases – h5-index: 173
  16. Frontiers in Immunology – h5-index: 173
  17. Gastroenterology – h5-index: 166
  18. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews – h5-index: 165
  19. Blood – h5-index: 165
  20. Neuron – h5-index: 164

Top 20 Medicine Journals Ranked by SCImago (2021)

  1. MMWR Recommendations and Reports – Journal Ranking: 25.045
  2. New England Journal of Medicine – Journal Ranking: 24.907
  3. Nature Medicine – Journal Ranking: 24.161
  4. Nature Reviews Immunology – Journal Ranking: 17.109
  5. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report – Journal Ranking: 16.513
  6. The Lancet – Journal Ranking: 15.652
  7. Physiological Reviews – Journal Ranking: 13.021
  8. Nature Reviews Drug Discovery – Journal Ranking: 11.296
  9. Annual Review of Pathology: Mechanisms of Disease – Journal Ranking: 10.113
  10. Journal of Clinical Oncology – Journal Ranking: 9.378
  11. The Lancet Global Health – Journal Ranking: 8.845
  12. Annals of Oncology – Journal Ranking: 8.590
  13. Annual Review of Public Health – Journal Ranking: 8.451
  14. Nature Reviews Disease Primers – Journal Ranking: 8.409
  15. Psychological science in the public interest: a journal of the American Psychological Society – Journal Ranking: 7.972
  16. NCHS data brief – Journal Ranking: 7.585
  17. Accounts of Chemical Research – Journal Ranking: 7.469
  18. Annual Review of Clinical Psychology – Journal Ranking: 7.450
  19. Journal of Experimental Medicine – Journal Ranking: 7.265
  20. Molecular Systems Biology – Journal Ranking: 6.523

Top General and Internal Medicine Journals Ranked by Impact Factor (2022)

  1. Lancet – Impact Factor: 202.731
  2. New England Journal of Medicine – Impact Factor: 176.079
  3. JAMA: Journal of the American Medical Association – Impact Factor: 157.335
  4. BMJ: British Medical Journal – Impact Factor: 93.333
  5. Nature Reviews Disease Primers – Impact Factor: 65.038
  6. Annals of Internal Medicine – Impact Factor: 51.598
  7. JAMA Internal Medicine – Impact Factor: 44.409
  8. Journal of Travel Medicine – Impact Factor: 39.194
  9. Lancet Digital Health – Impact Factor: 36.615
  10. Military Medical Research – Impact Factor: 34.915
  11. Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine – Impact Factor: 18
  12. eClinicalMedicine – Impact Factor: 17.033
  13. Canadian Medical Association Journal – Impact Factor: 16.859
  14. QJM: An International Journal of Medicine – Impact Factor: 14.04
  15. JAMA Network Open – Impact Factor: 13.353
  16. Journal of Internal Medicine – Impact Factor: 13.068
  17. Medical Journal of Australia – Impact Factor: 12.776
  18. Journal of Cachexia Sarcopenia and Muscle – Impact Factor: 12.063
  19. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews – Impact Factor: 12.008
  20. PLOS Medicine – Impact Factor: 11.613
  21. BMC Medicine – Impact Factor: 11.15
  22. Mayo Clinic Proceedings – Impact Factor: 11.104
  23. Translational Research – Impact Factor: 10.171
  24. Annals Academy of Medicine Singapore – Impact Factor: 8.713
  25. Deutsches Arzteblatt International – Impact Factor: 8.251
  26. European Journal of Internal Medicine – Impact Factor: 7.749
  27. Medical Clinics of North America – Impact Factor: 6.912
  28. American Journal of Preventive Medicine – Impact Factor: 6.604
  29. Amyloid: Journal of Protein Folding Disorders – Impact Factor: 6.571
  30. Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine – Impact Factor: 6.522
  31. Journal of General Internal Medicine – Impact Factor: 6.473
  32. British Journal of General Practice – Impact Factor: 6.302
  33. Journal of Evidence Based Medicine – Impact Factor: 6.224
  34. Chinese Medical Journal – Impact Factor: 6.133
  35. American Journal of Chinese Medicine – Impact Factor: 6.005
  36. American Journal of Medicine – Impact Factor: 5.928
  37. British Medical Bulletin – Impact Factor: 5.841
  38. Journal of Urban Health: Bulletin of the New York Academy of Medicine – Impact Factor: 5.801
  39. European Journal of Clinical Investigation – Impact Factor: 5.722
  40. Palliative Medicine – Impact Factor: 5.713
  41. Annals of Family Medicine – Impact Factor: 5.707
  42. Minerva Medica – Impact Factor: 5.58
  43. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management – Impact Factor: 5.576
  44. Internal and Emergency Medicine – Impact Factor: 5.472
  45. Clinical Medicine – Impact Factor: 5.41
  46. Journal of Korean Medical Science – Impact Factor: 5.354
  47. Annals of Medicine – Impact Factor: 5.348
  48. American Family Physician – Impact Factor: 5.305
  49. Indian Journal of Medical Research – Impact Factor: 5.274
  50. Panminerva Medica – Impact Factor: 5.268

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