Top 20 Psychology 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 Psychology 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 Psychology. If you would prefer to consider the rankings of journals dedicated to particular sub-topics within the field, such as social psychology, 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 Psychology. 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 Psychology Journals Ranked by Google (2022)

  1. Frontiers in Psychology – h5-index: 134
  2. Trends in Cognitive Sciences – h5-index: 109
  3. Personality and Individual Differences – h5-index: 89
  4. Psychological Bulletin – h5-index: 86
  5. American Psychologist – h5-index: 86
  6. Perspectives on Psychological Science – h5-index: 86
  7. Clinical Psychology Review – h5-index: 84
  8. Current Opinions in Psychology – h5-index: 83
  9. Journal of Applied Psychology – h5-index: 82
  10. Child Development – h5-index: 81
  11. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology – h5-index: 80
  12. Journal of Vocational Behavior – h5-index: 78
  13. Psychological Science – h5-index: 77
  14. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry – h5-index: 77
  15. Annual Review of Psychology – h5-index: 74
  16. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience – h5-index: 74
  17. Journal of Organizational Behavior – h5-index: 72
  18. Addictive Behaviors – h5-index: 72
  19. Journal of Youth and Adolescence – h5-index: 68
  20. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review – h5-index: 67

Top 20 Psychology Journals Ranked by SCImago (2021)

  1. Annual Review of Psychology – Journal Ranking: 8.804
  2. Psychological Bulletin – Journal Ranking: 7.504
  3. Psychological Methods – Journal Ranking: 5.295
  4. Advances in Methods and Practices in Psychological Science – Journal Ranking: 4.950
  5. Psychological Science in the Public Interest – Journal Ranking: 4.612
  6. Perspectives on Psychological Science – Journal Ranking: 4.563
  7. Psychological Review – Journal Ranking: 4.355
  8. Journal of Organizational Behavior – Journal Ranking: 3.880
  9. Current Directions in Psychological Science – Journal Ranking: 3.098
  10. Journal of Business and Psychology – Journal Ranking: 3.093
  11. Psychological Science – Journal Ranking: 3.020
  12. Behavior Research Methods – Journal Ranking: 2.874
  13. American Psychologist – Journal Ranking: 2.503
  14. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General – Journal Ranking: 2.316
  15. Computers in Human Behavior – Journal Ranking: 2.174
  16. Current Opinion in Psychology – Journal Ranking: 2.085
  17. British Journal of Mathematical and Statistical Psychology – Journal Ranking: 1.991
  18. Scientific Studies of Reading – Journal Ranking: 1.923
  19. Annual Review of Applied Linguistics – Journal Ranking: 1.921
  20. Psychometrika – Journal Ranking: 1.867

Top 50 Psychology Journals Ranked by Impact Factor (2022)

  1. Annual Review of Psychology – Impact Factor: 27.782
  2. Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics – Impact Factor: 25.617
  3. Psychological Bulletin – Impact Factor: 23.027
  4. Annual Review of Clinical Psychology – Impact Factor: 22.098
  5. Advances in Methods and Practices in Psychological Science – Impact Factor: 15.817
  6. Neuropsychobiology – Impact Factor: 12.329
  7. Psychological Medicine – Impact Factor: 10.592
  8. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry – Impact Factor: 8.265
  9. Psychological Review – Impact Factor: 8.247
  10. Depression and Anxiety – Impact Factor: 8.128
  11. Clinical Psychological Science – Impact Factor: 7.216
  12. International Psychogeriatrics – Impact Factor: 7.191
  13. International Journal of Eating Disorders – Impact Factor: 5.791
  14. Health Psychology – Impact Factor: 5.556
  15. Psychology of Sport and Exercise – Impact Factor: 5.118
  16. Journals of Gerontology Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences – Impact Factor: 4.942
  17. Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity – Impact Factor: 4.617
  18. Journal of Memory and Language – Impact Factor: 4.521
  19. Clinical Neuropsychologist – Impact Factor: 4.373
  20. Psychophysiology – Impact Factor: 4.348
  21. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience – Impact Factor: 4.235
  22. Psychology and Psychotherapy: Theory Research and Practice – Impact Factor: 3.966
  23. Psycho-oncology – Impact Factor: 3.955
  24. Psychosomatic Medicine – Impact Factor: 3.864
  25. Cognitive Neuropsychology – Impact Factor: 3.75
  26. Cognitive Psychology – Impact Factor: 3.746
  27. Eating Disorders – Impact Factor: 3.663
  28. Human Factors – Impact Factor: 3.598
  29. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience – Impact Factor: 3.473
  30. Stress and Health – Impact Factor: 3.454
  31. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology – Impact Factor: 3.448
  32. Neuropsychology – Impact Factor: 3.424
  33. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology – Impact Factor: 3.365
  34. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs – Impact Factor: 3.346
  35. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning Memory and Cognition – Impact Factor: 3.14
  36. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society – Impact Factor: 3.114
  37. Biological Psychology – Impact Factor: 3.111
  38. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory – Impact Factor: 3.109
  39. Psychosomatics – Impact Factor: 3.099
  40. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance – Impact Factor: 3.077
  41. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation – Impact Factor: 2.928
  42. International Journal of Psychophysiology – Impact Factor: 2.903
  43. Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology – Impact Factor: 2.597
  44. Ergonomics – Impact Factor: 2.561
  45. Developmental Psychobiology – Impact Factor: 2.531
  46. Human Movement Science – Impact Factor: 2.397
  47. Social Neuroscience – Impact Factor: 2.381
  48. Substance Use & Misuse – Impact Factor: 2.362
  49. Multisensory Research – Impact Factor: 2.352
  50. Anales De Psicologia – Impact Factor: 2.325

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