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

  1. Journal of Medical Virology – h5-index: 123
  2. PLOS Pathogens – h5-index: 98
  3. Viruses – h5-index: 93
  4. Vaccine – h5-index: 87
  5. Journal of Virology – h5-index: 87
  6. Emerging Microbes & Infections – h5-index: 80
  7. Antiviral Research – h5-index: 72
  8. Journal of Clinical Virology – h5-index: 67
  9. Vaccines – h5-index: 64
  10. Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics – h5-index: 62
  11. Transboundary and Emerging Diseases – h5-index: 60
  12. Virus Research – h5-index: 58
  13. Journal of General Virology – h5-index: 51
  14. Current Opinion in Virology – h5-index: 51
  15. Expert Review of Vaccines – h5-index: 50
  16. Virology – h5-index: 50
  17. Archives of Virology – h5-index: 47
  18. Virology Journal – h5-index: 47
  19. Reviews in Medical Virology – h5-index: 45
  20. Journal of Viral Hepatitis – h5-index: 44

Top 20 Virology Journals Ranked by SCImago (2021)

  1. The Lancet Microbe – Journal Ranking: 13.313
  2. Cell Host and Microbe – Journal Ranking: 9.373
  3. The Lancet HIV – Journal Ranking: 5.296
  4. Annual Review of Virology – Journal Ranking: 4.839
  5. Eurosurveillance – Journal Ranking: 4.417
  6. Trends in Microbiology – Journal Ranking: 3.549
  7. Journal of Clinical Virology – Journal Ranking: 3.355
  8. Emerging Microbes and Infections – Journal Ranking: 3.322
  9. mBio – Journal Ranking: 2.767
  10. Journal of Medical Virology – Journal Ranking: 2.656
  11. PLoS Pathogens – Journal Ranking: 2.596
  12. Current Protocols in Microbiology – Journal Ranking: 2.434
  13. Reviews in Medical Virology – Journal Ranking: 2.371
  14. Virus Evolution – Journal Ranking: 2.256
  15. Antiviral Research – Journal Ranking: 2.213
  16. Current HIV/AIDS Reports – Journal Ranking: 2.103
  17. Current Opinion in Virology – Journal Ranking: 2.098
  18. Journal of Virology – Journal Ranking: 2.049
  19. Journal of Virus Eradication – Journal Ranking: 1.799
  20. Epidemics – Journal Ranking: 1.787

Top 50 Virology Journals Ranked by Impact Factor (2022)

  1. Cell Host & Microbe – Impact Factor: 31.316
  2. Journal of Medical Virology – Impact Factor: 20.693
  3. Journal of Clinical Virology – Impact Factor: 14.481
  4. Annual Review of Virology – Impact Factor: 14.263
  5. Reviews in Medical Virology – Impact Factor: 11.043
  6. Antiviral Research – Impact Factor: 10.103
  7. Advances in Virus Research – Impact Factor: 9.938
  8. PLOS Pathogens – Impact Factor: 7.464
  9. Current Opinion in Virology – Impact Factor: 7.121
  10. Virologica Sinica – Impact Factor: 6.947
  11. Journal of Virology – Impact Factor: 6.549
  12. Virus Research – Impact Factor: 6.286
  13. Virology Journal – Impact Factor: 5.913
  14. Viruses: Basel – Impact Factor: 5.818
  15. Virus Evolution – Impact Factor: 5.614
  16. Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses – Impact Factor: 5.606
  17. Journal of Virus Eradication – Impact Factor: 5.148
  18. Journal of General Virology – Impact Factor: 5.141
  19. AIDS – Impact Factor: 4.632
  20. Food and Environmental Virology – Impact Factor: 4.034
  21. Retrovirology – Impact Factor: 3.768
  22. Journal of Neurovirology – Impact Factor: 3.739
  23. International Journal of Medical Microbiology – Impact Factor: 3.658
  24. Journal of Viral Hepatitis – Impact Factor: 3.517
  25. Virology – Impact Factor: 3.513
  26. Future Virology – Impact Factor: 3.015
  27. Archives of Virology – Impact Factor: 2.685
  28. Journal of Virological Methods – Impact Factor: 2.623
  29. Intervirology – Impact Factor: 2.294
  30. Virus Genes – Impact Factor: 2.198
  31. Viral Immunology – Impact Factor: 2.175
  32. Southern African Journal of HIV Medicine – Impact Factor: 1.835
  33. Acta Virologica – Impact Factor: 1.827
  34. Aids Research and Human Retroviruses – Impact Factor: 1.723
  35. Antiviral Therapy – Impact Factor: 1.679
  36. Current HIV Research – Impact Factor: 1.341
  37. Virologie – Impact Factor: 0.804
  38. Neuroimage – Impact Factor: 7.4
  39. Journal of Neuroimmune Pharmacology – Impact Factor: 7.285
  40. Neuroscientist – Impact Factor: 7.235
  41. Neurobiology of Stress – Impact Factor: 7.142
  42. Current Opinion in Neurobiology – Impact Factor: 7.07
  43. Neurobiology of Disease – Impact Factor: 7.046
  44. CNS Neuroscience & Therapeutics – Impact Factor: 7.035
  45. Fluids and Barriers of the CNS – Impact Factor: 6.961
  46. Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism – Impact Factor: 6.96
  47. Neuropsychology Review – Impact Factor: 6.94
  48. Translational Stroke Research – Impact Factor: 6.8
  49. Journal of Neuroscience – Impact Factor: 6.709
  50. Molecular Autism – Impact Factor: 6.476

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