Top 20 Public Health 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 Public Health 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 Public Health. 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 Public Health, Environmental, and Occupational Health. 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 Public Health Journals Ranked by Google (2022)

  1. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health – h5-index: 152
  2. BMC Public Health – h5-index: 104
  3. American Journal of Public Health – h5-index: 91
  4. The Lancet Public Health – h5-index: 89
  5. American Journal of Preventive Medicine – h5-index: 77
  6. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity – h5-index: 75
  7. Preventive Medicine – h5-index: 73
  8. Tobacco Control – h5-index: 66
  9. Annual Reviews of Public Health – h5-index: 66
  10. Bulletin of the World Health Organization – h5-index: 64
  11. AIDS and behavior – h5-index: 63
  12. JMIR Public Health and Surveillance – h5-index: 57
  13. Nicotine and Tobacco Research – h5-index: 56
  14. International Journal for Equity in Health – h5-index: 54
  15. European Journal of Public Health – h5-index: 54
  16. Public Health – h5-index: 53
  17. Journal of Global Health – h5-index: 52
  18. Health Policy and Planning – h5-index: 49
  19. Preventive Medicine Reports – h5-index: 48
  20. Journal of Public Health (UK Faculty of Public Health) – h5-index: 47

Top 20 Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health Journals Ranked by SCImago (2021)

  1. The Lancet Public Health – Journal Ranking: 11.372
  2. Clinical Microbiology Reviews – Journal Ranking: 8.964
  3. Annual Review of Public Health – Journal Ranking: 8.451
  4. Eurosurveillance – Journal Ranking: 4.417
  5. Journal of Travel Medicine – Journal Ranking: 3.574
  6. The Lancet Planetary Health – Journal Ranking: 3.389
  7. National Health Statistics Reports – Journal Ranking: 3.048
  8. Journal of Occupational Health Psychology – Journal Ranking: 3.014
  9. Bulletin of the World Health Organization – Journal Ranking: 2.616
  10. Implementation Science – Journal Ranking: 2.550
  11. AIDS Patient Care and STDs – Journal Ranking: 2.544
  12. Obesity Reviews – Journal Ranking: 2.536
  13. American Journal of Public Health – Journal Ranking: 2.409
  14. Trauma, Violence, and Abuse – Journal Ranking: 2.407
  15. BMJ Global Health – Journal Ranking: 2.263
  16. Travel Medicine and Infectious Disease – Journal Ranking: 2.225
  17. American Journal of Preventive Medicine – Journal Ranking: 2.208
  18. Translational Research – Journal Ranking: 2.174
  19. Journal of the International AIDS Society – Journal Ranking: 2.162
  20. Environmental Research Letters – Journal Ranking: 2.111

Top 50 Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health Journals Ranked by Impact Factor (2022)

  1. Lancet Public Health – Impact Factor: 72.427
  2. Journal of Travel Medicine – Impact Factor: 39.194
  3. Lancet Global Health – Impact Factor: 38.927
  4. MMWR Recommendations and Reports – Impact Factor: 36.286
  5. MMWR: Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report – Impact Factor: 35.301
  6. MMWR Surveillance Summaries – Impact Factor: 29.095
  7. Lancet Planetary Health – Impact Factor: 28.75
  8. Annual Review of Public Health – Impact Factor: 21.87
  9. Travel Medicine and Infectious Disease – Impact Factor: 20.441
  10. JMIR Public Health and Surveillance – Impact Factor: 14.557
  11. Bulletin of the World Health Organization – Impact Factor: 13.831
  12. European Journal of Epidemiology – Impact Factor: 12.434
  13. American Journal of Public Health – Impact Factor: 11.561
  14. Environmental Health Perspectives – Impact Factor: 11.035
  15. Globalization and Health – Impact Factor: 10.401
  16. International Journal of Epidemiology – Impact Factor: 9.685
  17. One Health – Impact Factor: 9
  18. Journal of Hospital Infection – Impact Factor: 8.944
  19. International Journal of Transgenderism – Impact Factor: 8.606
  20. Lancet Regional Health: Western Pacific – Impact Factor: 8.559
  21. Environmental Research – Impact Factor: 8.431
  22. Current Pollution Reports – Impact Factor: 8.097
  23. Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health: Part B-critical Reviews – Impact Factor: 8.071
  24. BMJ Global Health – Impact Factor: 8.056
  25. Journal of Adolescent Health – Impact Factor: 7.83
  26. Journal of Global Health – Impact Factor: 7.664
  27. Journal of Infection and Public Health – Impact Factor: 7.537
  28. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology – Impact Factor: 7.407
  29. International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health – Impact Factor: 7.401
  30. Environmental Health – Impact Factor: 7.123
  31. Annals of Epidemiology – Impact Factor: 6.996
  32. Tobacco Control – Impact Factor: 6.953
  33. American Journal of Preventive Medicine – Impact Factor: 6.604
  34. Indoor Air – Impact Factor: 6.554
  35. Current Environmental Health Reports – Impact Factor: 6.521
  36. Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology – Impact Factor: 6.52
  37. Frontiers in Public Health – Impact Factor: 6.461
  38. Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control – Impact Factor: 6.454
  39. Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology – Impact Factor: 6.371
  40. Geohealth – Impact Factor: 6.343
  41. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health – Impact Factor: 6.286
  42. Health Reports – Impact Factor: 6.094
  43. Journal of Epidemiology and Global Health – Impact Factor: 5.959
  44. Epidemiology and Health – Impact Factor: 5.919
  45. Nicotine & Tobacco Research – Impact Factor: 5.825
  46. Clinical Epidemiology – Impact Factor: 5.814
  47. Journal of Urban Health-bulletin of the New York Academy of Medicine – Impact Factor: 5.801
  48. Palliative Medicine – Impact Factor: 5.713
  49. Journal of Rural Health – Impact Factor: 5.667
  50. Occupational Medicine: Oxford – Impact Factor: 5.629

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