Top 20 Oncology 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 Oncology 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 Oncology. 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 Oncology. 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 Oncology Journals Ranked by Google (2022)

  1. Journal of Clinical Oncology – h5-index: 213
  2. The Lancet Oncology – h5-index: 202
  3. Annals of Oncology – h5-index: 159
  4. Clinical Cancer Research – h5-index: 146
  5. Molecular Cancer – h5-index: 145
  6. JAMA Oncology – h5-index: 142
  7. Cancer Cell – h5-index: 137
  8. Nature Reviews Cancer – h5-index: 131
  9. Cancer Research – h5-index: 131
  10. Cancer Discovery – h5-index: 124
  11. Oncotarget – h5-index: 118
  12. Nature Reviews Clinical Oncology – h5-index: 116
  13. Journal of Hematology & Oncology – h5-index: 104
  14. Oncogene – h5-index: 104
  15. Cancers – h5-index: 101
  16. Frontiers in Oncology – h5-index: 99
  17. Journal for Immunotherapy of Cancer – h5-index: 97
  18. Journal of Thoracic Oncology – h5-index: 97
  19. Cancer Letters – h5-index: 96
  20. Leukemia – h5-index: 95

Top 20 Oncology Journals Ranked by SCImago (2021)

  1. CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians – Journal Ranking: 56.204
  2. Nature Reviews Cancer – Journal Ranking: 16.955
  3. Nature Reviews Clinical Oncology – Journal Ranking: 11.764
  4. The Lancet Oncology – Journal Ranking: 11.710
  5. Cancer Cell – Journal Ranking: 9.975
  6. Journal of Clinical Oncology – Journal Ranking: 9.378
  7. Annals of Oncology – Journal Ranking: 8.590
  8. JAMA Oncology – Journal Ranking: 7.502
  9. Molecular Cancer – Journal Ranking: 6.896
  10. Nature Cancer – Journal Ranking: 6.186
  11. Cancer Discovery – Journal Ranking: 6.084
  12. Journal of the National Cancer Institute – Journal Ranking: 4.760
  13. Journal of Thoracic Oncology – Journal Ranking: 4.744
  14. Clinical Cancer Research – Journal Ranking: 4.399
  15. Journal of Hematology and Oncology – Journal Ranking: 4.241
  16. Leukemia – Journal Ranking: 4.030
  17. Annual Review of Cancer Biology – Journal Ranking: 3.881
  18. Drug Resistance Updates – Journal Ranking: 3.845
  19. Trends in Cancer – Journal Ranking: 3.456
  20. Journal for ImmunoTherapy of Cancer – Journal Ranking: 3.450

Top 50 Oncology Journals Ranked by Impact Factor (2022)

  1. CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians – Impact Factor: 286.13
  2. Nature Reviews Cancer – Impact Factor: 69.8
  3. Nature Reviews Clinical Oncology – Impact Factor: 65.011
  4. Lancet Oncology – Impact Factor: 54.433
  5. Annals of Oncology – Impact Factor: 51.769
  6. Journal of Clinical Oncology – Impact Factor: 50.717
  7. Molecular Cancer – Impact Factor: 41.444
  8. Cancer Cell – Impact Factor: 38.585
  9. Cancer Discovery – Impact Factor: 38.272
  10. Jama Oncology – Impact Factor: 33.006
  11. Nature Cancer – Impact Factor: 23.177
  12. Journal of Hematology & Oncology – Impact Factor: 23.168
  13. Journal of Thoracic Oncology – Impact Factor: 20.121
  14. Trends in Cancer – Impact Factor: 19.161
  15. Seminars in Cancer Biology – Impact Factor: 17.012
  16. Cancer Communications – Impact Factor: 15.283
  17. Clinical Cancer Research – Impact Factor: 13.801
  18. Cancer Treatment Reviews – Impact Factor: 13.608
  19. Annual Review of Cancer Biology-series – Impact Factor: 13.34
  20. Cancer Research – Impact Factor: 13.312
  21. Neuro-oncology – Impact Factor: 13.029
  22. Leukemia – Impact Factor: 12.883
  23. Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network – Impact Factor: 12.693
  24. Journal of Experimental & Clinical Cancer Research – Impact Factor: 12.658
  25. Journal for Immunotherapy of Cancer – Impact Factor: 12.469
  26. Liver Cancer – Impact Factor: 12.43
  27. Cancer Immunology Research – Impact Factor: 12.02
  28. JNCI: Journal of the National Cancer Institute – Impact Factor: 11.816
  29. Biochimica Et Biophysica Acta: Reviews on Cancer – Impact Factor: 11.414
  30. npj Precision Oncology – Impact Factor: 10.092
  31. European Journal of Cancer – Impact Factor: 10.002
  32. Frontiers of Medicine – Impact Factor: 9.927
  33. Journal of Pathology – Impact Factor: 9.883
  34. Blood Cancer Journal – Impact Factor: 9.812
  35. Cancer Letters – Impact Factor: 9.756
  36. Cancer and Metastasis Reviews – Impact Factor: 9.237
  37. British Journal of Cancer – Impact Factor: 9.075
  38. Oncogene – Impact Factor: 8.756
  39. Biomarker Research – Impact Factor: 8.633
  40. Experimental Hematology & Oncology – Impact Factor: 8.593
  41. Clinical and Translational Medicine – Impact Factor: 8.554
  42. JACC: Cardiooncology – Impact Factor: 8.422
  43. Breast Cancer Research – Impact Factor: 8.408
  44. European Urology Oncology – Impact Factor: 8.208
  45. International Journal of Radiation Oncology Biology Physics – Impact Factor: 8.013
  46. Cancer Nanotechnology – Impact Factor: 7.917
  47. Biodrugs – Impact Factor: 7.744
  48. Oncoimmunology – Impact Factor: 7.723
  49. Gastric Cancer – Impact Factor: 7.701
  50. npj Breast Cancer – Impact Factor: 7.519

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