Top 20 Nursing 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 Nursing 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 Nursing. If you would prefer to consider the rankings of journals dedicated to particular sub-topics within the field, such as oncology nursing or critical care nursing, 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 Nursing. 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 Nursing Journals Ranked by Google (2022)

  1. International Journal of Nursing Studies – h5-index: 74
  2. Journal of Clinical Nursing – h5-index: 74
  3. Nurse Education Today – h5-index: 70
  4. Journal of Advanced Nursing – h5-index: 63
  5. Journal of Nursing Management – h5-index: 53
  6. Revista Brasileira de Enfermagem – h5-index: 50
  7. Nursing Ethics – h5-index: 48
  8. Nurse Education in Practice – h5-index: 47
  9. Revista Latino-Americana de Enfermagem – h5-index: 47
  10. Journal of Pediatric Nursing – h5-index: 46
  11. Journal of Nursing Scholarship – h5-index: 45
  12. BMC Nursing – h5-index: 45
  13. European Journal of Cancer Care – h5-index: 45
  14. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing – h5-index: 44
  15. Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences – h5-index: 42
  16. Nursing Outlook – h5-index: 41
  17. Applied Nursing Research – h5-index: 40
  18. Intensive & critical care nursing – h5-index: 40
  19. Texto & Contexto: Enfermagem – h5-index: 40
  20. American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine – h5-index: 39

Top 20 Nursing Journals Ranked by SCImago (2021)

  1. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association – Journal Ranking: 2.023
  2. Clinical and Translational Immunology – Journal Ranking: 1.771
  3. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management – Journal Ranking: 1.527
  4. International Journal of Nursing Studies – Journal Ranking: 1.470
  5. Nurse Education Today – Journal Ranking: 0.993
  6. Journal of Nursing Scholarship – Journal Ranking: 0.972
  7. Journal of Palliative Medicine – Journal Ranking: 0.954
  8. Patient Journal – Journal Ranking: 0.896
  9. Clinical Simulation in Nursing – Journal Ranking: 0.865
  10. International Nursing Review – Journal Ranking: 0.856
  11. Journal of Clinical Nursing – Journal Ranking: 0.831
  12. Worldviews on Evidence-Based Nursing – Journal Ranking: 0.787
  13. Nurse Education in Practice – Journal Ranking: 0.775
  14. Journal of Advanced Nursing – Journal Ranking: 0.774
  15. Journal of School Nursing – Journal Ranking: 0.741
  16. Journal of Religion and Health – Journal Ranking: 0.740
  17. International Journal of Nursing Sciences – Journal Ranking: 0.736
  18. Nursing Outlook – Journal Ranking: 0.735
  19. Palliative and Supportive Care – Journal Ranking: 0.724
  20. Symbolic Interaction – Journal Ranking: 0.697

Top 50 Nursing Journals Ranked by Impact Factor (2022)

  1. International Journal of Nursing Studies – Impact Factor: 6.612
  2. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing – Impact Factor: 5.1
  3. Journal of Nursing Management – Impact Factor: 4.68
  4. Journal of Clinical Nursing – Impact Factor: 4.423
  5. Worldviews on Evidence-based Nursing – Impact Factor: 4.347
  6. Intensive and Critical Care Nursing – Impact Factor: 4.235
  7. Journal of Nursing Scholarship – Impact Factor: 3.928
  8. Nurse Education Today – Impact Factor: 3.906
  9. European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing – Impact Factor: 3.593
  10. Seminars in Oncology Nursing – Impact Factor: 3.527
  11. Nurse Education in Practice – Impact Factor: 3.43
  12. International Nursing Review – Impact Factor: 3.384
  13. Journal of Tissue Viability – Impact Factor: 3.374
  14. Women and Birth – Impact Factor: 3.349
  15. Nursing Ethics – Impact Factor: 3.344
  16. Nursing Outlook – Impact Factor: 3.315
  17. Australian Critical Care – Impact Factor: 3.265
  18. BMC Nursing – Impact Factor: 3.189
  19. Heart & Lung – Impact Factor: 3.149
  20. Birth-issues in Perinatal Care – Impact Factor: 3.081
  21. Journal of Advanced Nursing – Impact Factor: 3.057
  22. Nursing in Critical Care – Impact Factor: 2.897
  23. Journal of Midwifery & Womens Health – Impact Factor: 2.891
  24. Clinical Simulation in Nursing – Impact Factor: 2.856
  25. Cancer Nursing – Impact Factor: 2.76
  26. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing – Impact Factor: 2.72
  27. Journal of Family Nursing – Impact Factor: 2.68
  28. Journal of Human Lactation – Impact Factor: 2.665
  29. Nursing Inquiry – Impact Factor: 2.658
  30. Midwifery – Impact Factor: 2.64
  31. International Emergency Nursing – Impact Factor: 2.613
  32. Asian Nursing Research – Impact Factor: 2.612
  33. European Journal of Oncology Nursing – Impact Factor: 2.588
  34. American Journal of Nursing – Impact Factor: 2.577
  35. Geriatric Nursing – Impact Factor: 2.525
  36. Journal of Pediatric Nursing: Nursing Care of Children & Families – Impact Factor: 2.523
  37. Journal of Perinatal & Neonatal Nursing – Impact Factor: 2.522
  38. Nurse Educator – Impact Factor: 2.518
  39. Journal of Nursing Research – Impact Factor: 2.517
  40. International Journal of Older People Nursing – Impact Factor: 2.471
  41. Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing – Impact Factor: 2.468
  42. Journal of Nursing Education – Impact Factor: 2.381
  43. Advances in Skin & Wound Care – Impact Factor: 2.373
  44. Nursing Research – Impact Factor: 2.364
  45. Journal of School Nursing – Impact Factor: 2.361
  46. Pain Management Nursing – Impact Factor: 2.356
  47. Workplace Health & Safety – Impact Factor: 2.338
  48. European Journal of Cancer Care – Impact Factor: 2.328
  49. Biological Research for Nursing – Impact Factor: 2.318
  50. Journal of Emergency Nursing – Impact Factor: 2.303

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