Top 20 Surgery 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 Surgery 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 Surgery. If you would prefer to consider the rankings of journals dedicated to particular sub-topics within the field, such as surgical oncology or transplant surgery, 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 Surgery. 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 Surgery Journals Ranked by Google (2022)

  1. Annals of Surgery – h5-index: 116
  2. JAMA Surgery – h5-index: 86
  3. British Journal of Surgery – h5-index: 77
  4. Surgical Endoscopy – h5-index: 74
  5. Journal of Vascular Surgery – h5-index: 70
  6. Annals of Surgical Oncology – h5-index: 70
  7. Obesity Surgery – h5-index: 61
  8. Journal of the American College of Surgeons – h5-index: 59
  9. Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery – h5-index: 58
  10. European Journal of Surgical Oncology – h5-index: 57
  11. International Journal of Surgery – h5-index: 56
  12. Surgery – h5-index: 54
  13. Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases – h5-index: 53
  14. World Journal of Surgery – h5-index: 51
  15. European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery – h5-index: 50
  16. Journal of Surgical Oncology – h5-index: 49
  17. Digestive Endoscopy – h5-index: 48
  18. HPB: The Official Journal of The International Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association – h5-index: 48
  19. Journal of Vascular Surgery: Venous and Lymphatic Disorders – h5-index: 45
  20. Journal of Surgical Education – h5-index: 45

Top 20 Surgery Journals Ranked by SCImago (2021)

  1. JAMA Surgery – Journal Ranking: 3.569
  2. Annals of Surgery – Journal Ranking: 3.532
  3. Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry – Journal Ranking: 2.922
  4. Journal of NeuroInterventional Surgery – Journal Ranking: 2.652
  5. British Journal of Surgery – Journal Ranking: 2.479
  6. Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation – Journal Ranking: 2.472
  7. European urology oncology – Journal Ranking: 2.299
  8. Bone and Joint Journal – Journal Ranking: 2.172
  9. American Journal of Surgical Pathology – Journal Ranking: 2.129
  10. Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (Series A) – Journal Ranking: 1.912
  11. Journal of Vascular Surgery – Journal Ranking: 1.799
  12. World Journal of Emergency Surgery – Journal Ranking: 1.736
  13. International Journal of Surgery – Journal Ranking: 1.716
  14. JAMA Otolaryngology: Head and Neck Surgery – Journal Ranking: 1.713
  15. Journal of the American College of Surgeons – Journal Ranking: 1.711
  16. Liver Transplantation – Journal Ranking: 1.614
  17. Spine Journal – Journal Ranking: 1.572
  18. Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma – Journal Ranking: 1.568
  19. Otolaryngology: Head and Neck Surgery – Journal Ranking: 1.529
  20. Foot and Ankle International – Journal Ranking: 1.519

Top 50 Surgery Journals Ranked by Impact Factor (2022)

  1. JAMA Surgery – Impact Factor: 16.681
  2. Annals of Surgery – Impact Factor: 13.787
  3. Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery and Psychiatry – Impact Factor: 13.654
  4. Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation – Impact Factor: 13.569
  5. International Journal of Surgery – Impact Factor: 13.4
  6. British Journal of Surgery – Impact Factor: 11.122
  7. Endoscopy – Impact Factor: 9.776
  8. American Journal of Transplantation – Impact Factor: 9.369
  9. Jama Otolaryngology: Head & Neck Surgery – Impact Factor: 8.961
  10. Journal of Neurointerventional Surgery – Impact Factor: 8.572
  11. Hepatobiliary Surgery and Nutrition – Impact Factor: 8.265
  12. World Journal of Emergency Surgery – Impact Factor: 8.165
  13. Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery: American Volume – Impact Factor: 6.558
  14. Journal of the American College of Surgeons – Impact Factor: 6.532
  15. Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery – Impact Factor: 6.439
  16. European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery – Impact Factor: 6.427
  17. Digestive Endoscopy – Impact Factor: 6.337
  18. American Journal of Surgical Pathology – Impact Factor: 6.298
  19. Liver Transplantation – Impact Factor: 6.112
  20. Arthroscopy: The Journal of Arthroscopic and Related Surgery – Impact Factor: 5.973
  21. Burns & Trauma – Impact Factor: 5.711
  22. Otolaryngology: Head and Neck Surgery – Impact Factor: 5.591
  23. Journal of Neurosurgery – Impact Factor: 5.408
  24. Transplantation – Impact Factor: 5.385
  25. Bone & Joint Journal – Impact Factor: 5.385
  26. Neurosurgery – Impact Factor: 5.315
  27. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery – Impact Factor: 5.169
  28. Annals of Thoracic Surgery – Impact Factor: 5.102
  29. Journal of Vascular Surgery – Impact Factor: 4.86
  30. Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research – Impact Factor: 4.755
  31. JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery – Impact Factor: 4.667
  32. Annals of Cardiothoracic Surgery – Impact Factor: 4.617
  33. European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery – Impact Factor: 4.534
  34. Aesthetic Surgery Journal – Impact Factor: 4.485
  35. Diseases of the Colon & Rectum – Impact Factor: 4.412
  36. Surgery – Impact Factor: 4.348
  37. Annals of Surgical Oncology – Impact Factor: 4.339
  38. Neurosurgical Focus – Impact Factor: 4.332
  39. Journal of Vascular Surgery: Venous and Lymphatic Disorders – Impact Factor: 4.19
  40. Knee Surgery Sports Traumatology Arthroscopy – Impact Factor: 4.114
  41. European Journal of Surgical Oncology (EJSO) – Impact Factor: 4.037
  42. Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons – Impact Factor: 4
  43. Journal of Neurosurgical Anesthesiology – Impact Factor: 3.969
  44. Colorectal Disease – Impact Factor: 3.917
  45. BJS Open – Impact Factor: 3.875
  46. HPB – Impact Factor: 3.842
  47. Transplant International – Impact Factor: 3.842
  48. Head and Neck: Journal for the Sciences and Specialties of the Head and Neck – Impact Factor: 3.821
  49. Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases – Impact Factor: 3.709
  50. Techniques in Coloproctology – Impact Factor: 3.699

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