Top 200 Highest Impact Factor Journals [2022] (2023)

Top 200 Highest Impact Factor Journals [2022] (1)

Whether you are trying to decide where to publish your research findings, searching for a publication to share at an upcoming journal club, or simply interested in exploring the latest research in your field, you are likely to find this article helpful. We have compiled a list of the 200 highest impact factor academic journals in the world.

In general, these journals are well-known within their respective fields and are regarded to publish highly impactful research, review articles, and other pieces that set a quality standard for other journals.

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However, while impact factor is one metric for assessing the prestige and comparative quality of a journal, it is not the only means by which an academic journal should be evaluated.

The quality of a journal should be assessed holistically, taking a variety of factors into consideration beyond impact factor.

In addition to reviewing these rankings we encourage you to visit the website of each journal, where you can learn more about its purpose, scope, editorial board and practices, publication policies, open access status, and other details that may better inform your search.

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Impact factor is not an infallible ranking metric. Artifacts and gross manipulations that can result in misleadingly high impact factors for some journals.

For example, journals that exclusively publish review articles (which are often cited with greater frequency) can have higher impact factors than their non-review-based counterparts.

Check out our article on the history, definition, and implications of impact factor for more information on the metric and how it should be interpreted.

Data on the impact factor of each journal represents the two-year impact factor for 2020-2021 as identified by the Journal Citation Reports (JCI). Our list represents the 200 journals identified by JCI to have the highest impact factor in the world.

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Top 200 Highest Impact Factor Journals (2022)

  1. CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians – Impact Factor: 286.13
  2. Lancet – Impact Factor: 202.731
  3. New England Journal of Medicine – Impact Factor: 176.079
  4. JAMA: Journal of the American Medical Association – Impact Factor: 157.335
  5. Nature Reviews Molecular Cell Biology – Impact Factor: 113.915
  6. Nature Reviews Drug Discovery – Impact Factor: 112.288
  7. Nature Reviews Immunology – Impact Factor: 108.555
  8. Lancet Respiratory Medicine – Impact Factor: 102.642
  9. BMJ: British Medical Journal – Impact Factor: 93.333
  10. Nature Medicine – Impact Factor: 87.241
  11. Lancet Microbe – Impact Factor: 86.208
  12. World Psychiatry – Impact Factor: 79.683
  13. Nature Reviews Microbiology – Impact Factor: 78.297
  14. Lancet Psychiatry – Impact Factor: 77.056
  15. Nature Reviews Materials – Impact Factor: 76.679
  16. Nature Reviews Gastroenterology & Hepatology – Impact Factor: 73.082
  17. Lancet Public Health – Impact Factor: 72.427
  18. Chemical Reviews – Impact Factor: 72.087
  19. Lancet Infectious Diseases – Impact Factor: 71.421
  20. Nature Reviews Cancer – Impact Factor: 69.8
  21. Nature – Impact Factor: 69.504
  22. Nature Biotechnology – Impact Factor: 68.164
  23. Nature Energy – Impact Factor: 67.439
  24. Cell – Impact Factor: 66.85
  25. Nature Reviews Disease Primers – Impact Factor: 65.038
  26. Nature Reviews Clinical Oncology – Impact Factor: 65.011
  27. Science – Impact Factor: 63.714
  28. Chemical Society Reviews – Impact Factor: 60.615
  29. Lancet Neurology – Impact Factor: 59.935
  30. Nature Reviews Genetics – Impact Factor: 59.581
  31. Psychological Science in the Public Interest – Impact Factor: 56.2
  32. Lancet Oncology – Impact Factor: 54.433
  33. Annals Of Oncology – Impact Factor: 51.769
  34. Annals Of Internal Medicine – Impact Factor: 51.598
  35. Journal Of Clinical Oncology – Impact Factor: 50.717
  36. Reviews Of Modern Physics – Impact Factor: 50.485
  37. Clinical Microbiology Reviews – Impact Factor: 50.129
  38. Nature Reviews Cardiology – Impact Factor: 49.421
  39. Progress In Materials Science – Impact Factor: 48.165
  40. Nature Methods – Impact Factor: 47.99
  41. Nature Materials – Impact Factor: 47.656
  42. Nature Reviews Endocrinology – Impact Factor: 47.564
  43. Physiological Reviews – Impact Factor: 46.5
  44. Cell Research – Impact Factor: 46.297
  45. Joule – Impact Factor: 46.048
  46. Lancet Gastroenterology & Hepatology – Impact Factor: 45.042
  47. Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology – Impact Factor: 44.867
  48. Nature Reviews Neurology – Impact Factor: 44.711
  49. JAMA Internal Medicine – Impact Factor: 44.409
  50. Immunity – Impact Factor: 43.474
  51. Living Reviews in Relativity – Impact Factor: 42.9
  52. Nature Reviews Nephrology – Impact Factor: 42.439
  53. Intensive Care Medicine – Impact Factor: 41.787
  54. Molecular Cancer – Impact Factor: 41.444
  55. Nature Genetics – Impact Factor: 41.307
  56. Nature Catalysis – Impact Factor: 40.706
  57. Nature Nanotechnology – Impact Factor: 40.523
  58. Circulation – Impact Factor: 39.918
  59. Nature Photonics – Impact Factor: 39.728
  60. Energy & Environmental Science – Impact Factor: 39.714
  61. Journal of Travel Medicine – Impact Factor: 39.194
  62. Lancet Global Health – Impact Factor: 38.927
  63. Nature Reviews Neuroscience – Impact Factor: 38.755
  64. Journal of Infection – Impact Factor: 38.637
  65. Cancer Cell – Impact Factor: 38.585
  66. Cancer Discovery – Impact Factor: 38.272
  67. Signal Transduction and Targeted Therapy – Impact Factor: 38.104
  68. Cell Discovery – Impact Factor: 38.079
  69. Lancet Child & Adolescent Health – Impact Factor: 37.746
  70. Journal of Public Transportation – Impact Factor: 37.667
  71. Annual Review of Astronomy and Astrophysics – Impact Factor: 37.226
  72. Nature Reviews Earth & Environment – Impact Factor: 37.214
  73. Lancet Digital Health – Impact Factor: 36.615
  74. MMWR Recommendations and Reports – Impact Factor: 36.286
  75. Nature Reviews Physics – Impact Factor: 36.273
  76. European Heart Journal – Impact Factor: 35.855
  77. Astronomy and Astrophysics Review – Impact Factor: 35.786
  78. Lancet Rheumatology – Impact Factor: 35.482
  79. Progress in Energy and Combustion Science – Impact Factor: 35.339
  80. MMWR: Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report – Impact Factor: 35.301
  81. Military Medical Research – Impact Factor: 34.915
  82. Nature Reviews Chemistry – Impact Factor: 34.571
  83. Gastroenterology – Impact Factor: 33.883
  84. IEEE Communications Surveys and Tutorials – Impact Factor: 33.84
  85. European Respiratory Journal – Impact Factor: 33.795
  86. Materials Science & Engineering R: Reports – Impact Factor: 33.667
  87. Nature Electronics – Impact Factor: 33.255
  88. JAMA Oncology – Impact Factor: 33.006
  89. Electrochemical Energy Reviews – Impact Factor: 32.804
  90. Annual Review of Immunology – Impact Factor: 32.481
  91. Annual Review of Pathology: Mechanisms of Disease – Impact Factor: 32.35
  92. Nature Reviews Rheumatology – Impact Factor: 32.286
  93. Advanced Materials – Impact Factor: 32.086
  94. Gut – Impact Factor: 31.793
  95. Cell Metabolism – Impact Factor: 31.373
  96. Cell Host & Microbe – Impact Factor: 31.316
  97. Progress in Polymer Science – Impact Factor: 31.281
  98. Nature Immunology – Impact Factor: 31.25
  99. Nature Microbiology – Impact Factor: 30.964
  100. Science Immunology – Impact Factor: 30.63
  101. American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine – Impact Factor: 30.528
  102. Physics Reports: Review Section of Physics Letters – Impact Factor: 30.51
  103. JAMA Cardiology – Impact Factor: 30.154
  104. Lancet Haematology – Impact Factor: 30.153
  105. Journal Of Hepatology – Impact Factor: 30.083
  106. JAMA Neurology – Impact Factor: 29.907
  107. Advanced Energy Materials – Impact Factor: 29.698
  108. Nature Biomedical Engineering – Impact Factor: 29.234
  109. Radiology – Impact Factor: 29.146
  110. MMWR Surveillance Summaries – Impact Factor: 29.095
  111. Nature Neuroscience – Impact Factor: 28.771
  112. Lancet Planetary Health – Impact Factor: 28.75
  113. Living Reviews in Solar Physics – Impact Factor: 28.7
  114. Nature Climate Change – Impact Factor: 28.66
  115. Annual Review of Plant Biology – Impact Factor: 28.31
  116. Nature Cell Biology – Impact Factor: 28.213
  117. Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases – Impact Factor: 27.973
  118. Annual Review of Psychology – Impact Factor: 27.782
  119. Science Robotics – Impact Factor: 27.541
  120. Annual Review of Biochemistry – Impact Factor: 27.258
  121. Journal of the American College of Cardiology – Impact Factor: 27.203
  122. Nature Sustainability – Impact Factor: 27.157
  123. Dialogues In Human Geography – Impact Factor: 27
  124. Materials Today – Impact Factor: 26.943
  125. JAMA Pediatrics – Impact Factor: 26.796
  126. JAMA Psychiatry – Impact Factor: 25.911
  127. Nature Machine Intelligence – Impact Factor: 25.898
  128. Chem – Impact Factor: 25.832
  129. Studies In Mycology – Impact Factor: 25.731
  130. Psychotherapy And Psychosomatics – Impact Factor: 25.617
  131. Blood – Impact Factor: 25.476
  132. Annual Review of Fluid Mechanics – Impact Factor: 25.293
  133. Cell Stem Cell – Impact Factor: 25.269
  134. Endocrine Reviews – Impact Factor: 25.261
  135. Reviews Of Geophysics – Impact Factor: 24.946
  136. Fungal Diversity – Impact Factor: 24.902
  137. International Journal of Oral Science – Impact Factor: 24.897
  138. Coordination Chemistry Reviews – Impact Factor: 24.833
  139. Infomat – Impact Factor: 24.798
  140. Advances In Optics and Photonics – Impact Factor: 24.75
  141. Trends In Cognitive Sciences – Impact Factor: 24.482
  142. Accounts Of Chemical Research – Impact Factor: 24.466
  143. Applied Catalysis B-environmental – Impact Factor: 24.319
  144. IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence – Impact Factor: 24.314
  145. Nature Chemistry – Impact Factor: 24.274
  146. European Urology – Impact Factor: 24.267
  147. Nature Human Behaviour – Impact Factor: 24.252
  148. ACS Energy Letters – Impact Factor: 23.991
  149. Annual Review of Condensed Matter Physics – Impact Factor: 23.978
  150. Advances In Physics – Impact Factor: 23.75
  151. Nano-Micro Letters – Impact Factor: 23.655
  152. Circulation Research – Impact Factor: 23.213
  153. National Science Review – Impact Factor: 23.178
  154. Nature Cancer – Impact Factor: 23.177
  155. Journal of Hematology & Oncology – Impact Factor: 23.168
  156. Psychological Bulletin – Impact Factor: 23.027
  157. Drug Resistance Updates – Impact Factor: 22.841
  158. Annual Review of Entomology – Impact Factor: 22.682
  159. Trends in Chemistry – Impact Factor: 22.448
  160. Annual Review of Physiology – Impact Factor: 22.163
  161. Annual Review of Clinical Psychology – Impact Factor: 22.098
  162. Cellular & Molecular Immunology – Impact Factor: 22.096
  163. Trends in Plant Science – Impact Factor: 22.012
  164. Molecular Plant – Impact Factor: 21.949
  165. Trends in Biotechnology – Impact Factor: 21.942
  166. Annual Review of Public Health – Impact Factor: 21.87
  167. Carbon Energy – Impact Factor: 21.556
  168. Nature Geoscience – Impact Factor: 21.531
  169. Behavioral and Brain Sciences – Impact Factor: 21.357
  170. Eurosurveillance – Impact Factor: 21.286
  171. Trends in Cell Biology – Impact Factor: 21.167
  172. Clinical Infectious Diseases – Impact Factor: 20.999
  173. Energy Storage Materials – Impact Factor: 20.831
  174. Journal of Medical Virology – Impact Factor: 20.693
  175. Trends in Ecology & Evolution – Impact Factor: 20.589
  176. Science Bulletin – Impact Factor: 20.577
  177. Travel Medicine and Infectious Disease – Impact Factor: 20.441
  178. Nature Food – Impact Factor: 20.43
  179. Light: Science & Applications – Impact Factor: 20.257
  180. Journal of Thoracic Oncology – Impact Factor: 20.121
  181. Matter – Impact Factor: 19.967
  182. Advanced Functional Materials – Impact Factor: 19.924
  183. Nature Metabolism – Impact Factor: 19.865
  184. Photonix – Impact Factor: 19.818
  185. Annual Review of Biophysics – Impact Factor: 19.763
  186. Trends in Immunology – Impact Factor: 19.709
  187. Progress in Retinal and Eye Research – Impact Factor: 19.704
  188. Nature Physics – Impact Factor: 19.684
  189. Emerging Microbes & Infections – Impact Factor: 19.568
  190. Applied Physics Reviews – Impact Factor: 19.527
  191. Journal of Clinical Investigation – Impact Factor: 19.456
  192. Critical Care – Impact Factor: 19.334
  193. Molecular Cell – Impact Factor: 19.328
  194. Science Translational Medicine – Impact Factor: 19.319
  195. American Journal of Psychiatry – Impact Factor: 19.242
  196. Academy of Management Annals – Impact Factor: 19.241
  197. Brain Behavior and Immunity – Impact Factor: 19.227
  198. Trends in Cancer – Impact Factor: 19.161
  199. Nucleic Acids Research – Impact Factor: 19.16
  200. IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics – Impact Factor: 19.118

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FAQs

How do you find the impact factor of 2022? ›

To calculate the 2022 Journal Impact Factor for a journal, all citations to its 2020 and 2021 articles must be counted. After dividing the total by the number of articles cited in the journal in those years, we arrive at the JIF for the current year (2022), which is published in 2023.

When journals impact factor for 2022 will release? ›

The JCR Impact Factor 2022 release date is 30th June 2022. Journal Citation Report is released in the month of June, every year. The date has been announced as 30th June 2022, Thursday, 2:00 am.

Is 7 a good impact factor? ›

In most fields, the impact factor of 10 or greater is considered an excellent score while 3 is flagged as good and the average score is less than 1.

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