Top 20 Organic Chemistry 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 Organic Chemistry 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 Organic Chemistry. 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 Organic Chemistry. 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 Organic Chemistry Journals Ranked by Google (2022)

  1. Molecules – h5-index: 134
  2. Green Chemistry – h5-index: 111
  3. Organic Letters – h5-index: 81
  4. ChemCatChem – h5-index: 68
  5. Advanced Synthesis & Catalysis – h5-index: 65
  6. Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry – h5-index: 64
  7. Chinese Chemical Letters – h5-index: 62
  8. The Journal of Organic Chemistry – h5-index: 62
  9. Bioorganic Chemistry – h5-index: 61
  10. Organic Chemistry Frontiers – h5-index: 56
  11. Topics in Current Chemistry – h5-index: 52
  12. Organometallics – h5-index: 50
  13. Applied Organometallic Chemistry – h5-index: 49
  14. The Chemical Record – h5-index: 48
  15. Synthesis – h5-index: 48
  16. Bulletin of the Chemical Society of Japan – h5-index: 45
  17. ChemistrySelect – h5-index: 45
  18. Organic Process Research & Development – h5-index: 44
  19. Tetrahedron Letters – h5-index: 43
  20. Beilstein Journal of Organic Chemistry – h5-index: 43

Top 20 Organic Chemistry Journals Ranked by SCImago (2021)

  1. Progress in Polymer Science – Journal Ranking: 5.886
  2. Natural Product Reports – Journal Ranking: 2.780
  3. Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology C: Photochemistry Reviews – Journal Ranking: 2.718
  4. Journal of Bioresources and Bioproducts – Journal Ranking: 2.466
  5. Redox Biology – Journal Ranking: 2.191
  6. Aldrichimica Acta – Journal Ranking: 2.000
  7. ACS Macro Letters – Journal Ranking: 1.705
  8. Organic Letters – Journal Ranking: 1.669
  9. Carbohydrate Polymers – Journal Ranking: 1.612
  10. Fuel – Journal Ranking: 1.514
  11. Macromolecules – Journal Ranking: 1.504
  12. Organic Reactions – Journal Ranking: 1.432
  13. Ultrasonics Sonochemistry – Journal Ranking: 1.414
  14. Advanced Synthesis and Catalysis – Journal Ranking: 1.392
  15. Chemistry: A European Journal – Journal Ranking: 1.343
  16. ChemCatChem – Journal Ranking: 1.311
  17. Organic Chemistry Frontiers – Journal Ranking: 1.218
  18. Bioconjugate Chemistry – Journal Ranking: 1.193
  19. International Journal of Molecular Sciences – Journal Ranking: 1.176
  20. Polymer Chemistry – Journal Ranking: 1.120

Top 50 Organic Chemistry Journals Ranked by Impact Factor (2022)

  1. Natural Product Reports – Impact Factor: 15.111
  2. Carbohydrate Polymers – Impact Factor: 10.723
  3. Biomacromolecules – Impact Factor: 6.978
  4. Organic Letters – Impact Factor: 6.072
  5. Bioconjugate Chemistry – Impact Factor: 6.069
  6. Advanced Synthesis & Catalysis – Impact Factor: 5.981
  7. Organic Chemistry Frontiers – Impact Factor: 5.456
  8. Bioorganic Chemistry – Impact Factor: 5.307
  9. Bioinorganic Chemistry and Applications – Impact Factor: 4.724
  10. Advances in Organometallic Chemistry – Impact Factor: 4.55
  11. Aldrichimica Acta – Impact Factor: 4.417
  12. Journal of Organic Chemistry – Impact Factor: 4.198
  13. Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry – Impact Factor: 3.89
  14. Organic Process Research & Development – Impact Factor: 3.858
  15. Organometallics – Impact Factor: 3.837
  16. Advances in Carbohydrate Chemistry and Biochemistry – Impact Factor: 3.714
  17. Advances in Heterocyclic Chemistry – Impact Factor: 3.606
  18. Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry – Impact Factor: 3.461
  19. European Journal of Organic Chemistry – Impact Factor: 3.261
  20. Asian Journal of Organic Chemistry – Impact Factor: 3.116
  21. Carbohydrate Research – Impact Factor: 2.975
  22. Synthesis: Stuttgart – Impact Factor: 2.969
  23. Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters – Impact Factor: 2.94
  24. Beilstein Journal of Organic Chemistry – Impact Factor: 2.544
  25. Tetrahedron – Impact Factor: 2.388
  26. Journal of Organometallic Chemistry – Impact Factor: 2.345
  27. Current Organic Synthesis – Impact Factor: 2.276
  28. Current Organic Chemistry – Impact Factor: 2.226
  29. Journal of Fluorine Chemistry – Impact Factor: 2.226
  30. Polycyclic Aromatic Compounds – Impact Factor: 2.195
  31. Chirality – Impact Factor: 2.183
  32. Synlett – Impact Factor: 2.17
  33. Mini-reviews in Organic Chemistry – Impact Factor: 2.159
  34. Journal of Physical Organic Chemistry – Impact Factor: 2.155
  35. Journal of Heterocyclic Chemistry – Impact Factor: 2.035
  36. Tetrahedron Letters – Impact Factor: 2.032
  37. Heterocyclic Communications – Impact Factor: 2
  38. Synthetic Communications – Impact Factor: 1.937
  39. Main Group Metal Chemistry – Impact Factor: 1.917
  40. Journal of Carbohydrate Chemistry – Impact Factor: 1.667
  41. Topics in Organometallic Chemistry – Impact Factor: 1.638
  42. Chemistry of Heterocyclic Compounds – Impact Factor: 1.49
  43. Petroleum Chemistry – Impact Factor: 1.258
  44. Russian Journal of Bioorganic Chemistry – Impact Factor: 1.254
  45. Organic Preparations and Procedures International – Impact Factor: 1.184
  46. Advances in Physical Organic Chemistry – Impact Factor: 1.143
  47. Zeitschrift Fur Naturforschung Section B: A Journal of Chemical Sciences – Impact Factor: 1.115
  48. Phosphorus Sulfur and Silicon and the Related Elements – Impact Factor: 1.052
  49. Russian Journal of Organic Chemistry – Impact Factor: 0.862
  50. Chemistry of Natural Compounds – Impact Factor: 0.83

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