Top 20 Pharmacology 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 Pharmacology 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 Pharmacology. If you would prefer to consider the rankings of journals dedicated to particular sub-topics within the field, such as computational pharmacology, 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 Pharmacology. 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 Pharmacology and Pharmacy Journals Ranked by Google (2022)

  1. Nature Reviews Drug Discovery – h5-index: 123
  2. Frontiers in Pharmacology – h5-index: 113
  3. Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews – h5-index: 105
  4. Journal of controlled release – h5-index: 99
  5. Journal of Medicinal Chemistry – h5-index: 96
  6. Pharmacology & Therapeutics – h5-index: 93
  7. British Journal of Pharmacology – h5-index: 91
  8. International Journal of Pharmaceutics – h5-index: 91
  9. Pharmacological Research – h5-index: 90
  10. Neuropsychopharmacology – h5-index: 89
  11. International Journal of Nanomedicine – h5-index: 84
  12. Drugs – h5-index: 80
  13. Trends in Pharmacological Sciences – h5-index: 77
  14. Pharmaceutics – h5-index: 74
  15. Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics – h5-index: 73
  16. Neuropharmacology – h5-index: 72
  17. Biochemical Pharmacology – h5-index: 71
  18. Journal of Ethnopharmacology – h5-index: 67
  19. Acta Pharmaceutica Sinica B – h5-index: 64
  20. Phytotherapy Research – h5-index: 64

Top 20 Pharmacology Journals Ranked by SCImago (2021)

  1. Nature Reviews Drug Discovery – Journal Ranking: 11.296
  2. Pharmacological Reviews – Journal Ranking: 5.540
  3. Annual Review of Pharmacology and Toxicology – Journal Ranking: 4.002
  4. Drug Resistance Updates – Journal Ranking: 3.845
  5. Journal for ImmunoTherapy of Cancer – Journal Ranking: 3.450
  6. Trends in Pharmacological Sciences – Journal Ranking: 3.389
  7. Pharmacology and Therapeutics – Journal Ranking: 3.085
  8. Molecular Therapy – Journal Ranking: 3.064
  9. npj Vaccines – Journal Ranking: 2.953
  10. Cell Chemical Biology – Journal Ranking: 2.650
  11. Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences – Journal Ranking: 2.424
  12. Medicinal Research Reviews – Journal Ranking: 2.300
  13. Neuropsychopharmacology – Journal Ranking: 2.277
  14. Antiviral Research – Journal Ranking: 2.213
  15. Pain – Journal Ranking: 2.135
  16. British Journal of Pharmacology – Journal Ranking: 1.993
  17. Pharmacological Research – Journal Ranking: 1.738
  18. Neurotherapeutics – Journal Ranking: 1.725
  19. Current Neuropharmacology – Journal Ranking: 1.722
  20. Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics – Journal Ranking: 1.689

Top 50 Pharmacology Journals Ranked by Impact Factor (2022)

  1. Nature Reviews Drug Discovery – Impact Factor: 112.288
  2. Drug Resistance Updates – Impact Factor: 22.841
  3. Pharmacological Reviews – Impact Factor: 18.923
  4. Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews – Impact Factor: 17.873
  5. Trends in Pharmacological Sciences – Impact Factor: 17.638
  6. Annual Review of Pharmacology and Toxicology – Impact Factor: 16.459
  7. International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents – Impact Factor: 15.441
  8. Acta Pharmaceutica Sinica B – Impact Factor: 14.903
  9. Journal of Pharmaceutical Analysis – Impact Factor: 14.026
  10. Pharmacology & Therapeutics – Impact Factor: 13.4
  11. Medicinal Research Reviews – Impact Factor: 12.388
  12. Journal of Controlled Release – Impact Factor: 11.467
  13. Drugs – Impact Factor: 11.431
  14. European Heart Journal: Cardiovascular Pharmacotherapy – Impact Factor: 11.177
  15. Pharmacological Research – Impact Factor: 10.334
  16. Antiviral Research – Impact Factor: 10.103
  17. Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics – Impact Factor: 9.524
  18. British Journal of Pharmacology – Impact Factor: 9.473
  19. Asian Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences – Impact Factor: 9.273
  20. Drug Discovery Today – Impact Factor: 8.369
  21. Neuropsychopharmacology – Impact Factor: 8.294
  22. Expert Opinion on Drug Delivery – Impact Factor: 8.129
  23. Biodrugs – Impact Factor: 7.744
  24. Current Neuropharmacology – Impact Factor: 7.708
  25. Reviews of Physiology Biochemistry and Pharmacology – Impact Factor: 7.5
  26. Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy – Impact Factor: 7.419
  27. Journal of Neuroimmune Pharmacology – Impact Factor: 7.285
  28. Acta Pharmacologica Sinica – Impact Factor: 7.169
  29. Expert Opinion on Drug Discovery – Impact Factor: 7.05
  30. CNS Neuroscience & Therapeutics – Impact Factor: 7.035
  31. International Journal of Nanomedicine – Impact Factor: 7.033
  32. Drug Metabolism Reviews – Impact Factor: 6.984
  33. Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics – Impact Factor: 6.903
  34. Drug Delivery – Impact Factor: 6.819
  35. Expert Opinion on Therapeutic Targets – Impact Factor: 6.797
  36. Life Sciences – Impact Factor: 6.78
  37. Expert Opinion on Therapeutic Patents – Impact Factor: 6.714
  38. Phytomedicine – Impact Factor: 6.656
  39. Pharmaceutics – Impact Factor: 6.525
  40. International Journal of Pharmaceutics – Impact Factor: 6.51
  41. Expert Opinion on Investigational Drugs – Impact Factor: 6.498
  42. CNS Drugs – Impact Factor: 6.497
  43. Phytotherapy Research – Impact Factor: 6.388
  44. Pharmacotherapy – Impact Factor: 6.251
  45. Journal of Food and Drug Analysis – Impact Factor: 6.157
  46. Biochemical Pharmacology – Impact Factor: 6.1
  47. Neurotherapeutics – Impact Factor: 6.088
  48. Marine Drugs – Impact Factor: 6.085
  49. Archives of Pharmacal Research – Impact Factor: 6.01
  50. Frontiers in Pharmacology – Impact Factor: 5.988

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