Top 10 Dermatology Journals of 2021

Whether you are trying to identify the journal best-suited for your research manuscript or simply interested in exploring recent literature, you are likely to find this article helpful. We have outlined rankings for the top journals in the field of Dermatology based on h5-index, SCImago rating, and impact factor.

The Dermatology journals that we have addressed are of a “general” nature and should be helpful to anyone looking to learn more about the most prestigious journals in the field. If you are interested in learning more about the rankings of journals dedicated to specific Dermatology sub-topics such as immuno-dermatology, cosmetic dermatology, or pediatric dermatology, then you may not find this article helpful.

We encourage you to visit the website of each journal so that you can learn about its mission, scope, open access status, and editorial board, among other useful information that may support your search. Many journal websites also provide detailed metrics beyond impact factor. The quality of a journal should not be assessed based on single metrics and we encourage you to take a holistic approach to identifying the best journals in the field of Dermatology.

Google ranks scientific journals according to 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 journals in the field of Dermatology. Their most recent release is for the year 2020. Data on the impact factor of each journal represents the two-year impact factor for 2019-2020.


Google Rankings (2021):

  1. Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology – h5-index: 93
  2. British Journal of Dermatology – h5-index: 76
  3. Journal of Investigative Dermatology – h5-index: 70
  4. Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology – h5-index: 68
  5. JAMA Dermatology – h5-index: 60
  6. American Journal of Clinical Dermatology – h5-index: 46
  7. Experimental Dermatology – h5-index: 44
  8. Acta Dermato-Venereologica – h5-index: 43
  9. Journal of Dermatological Science – h5-index: 42
  10. The Journal of Dermatology – h5-index: 38

SCImago Rankings (2020):

  1. British Journal of Dermatology – Journal Ranking: 2.304
  2. JAMA Dermatology – Journal Ranking: 2.128
  3. American Journal of Clinical Dermatology – Journal Ranking: 2.023
  4. Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology – Journal Ranking: 1.965
  5. Journal of Investigative Dermatology – Journal Ranking: 1.951
  6. Sexually Transmitted Infections – Journal Ranking: 1.893
  7. Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology – Journal Ranking: 1.655
  8. Pigment Cell and Melanoma Research – Journal Ranking: 1.618
  9. Sexually Transmitted Diseases – Journal Ranking: 1.507
  10. Dermatologic Clinics – Journal Ranking: 1.477

Top 45 Dermatology Journals Ranked by Impact Factor (2021):

  1. Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology – Impact Factor: 8.277
  2. JAMA Dermatology – Impact Factor: 7.738
  3. Journal of Investigative Dermatology – Impact Factor: 7.143
  4. British Journal of Dermatology – Impact Factor: 7.0
  5. Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology – Impact Factor: 5.248
  6. American Journal of Clinical Dermatology – Impact Factor: 5.056
  7. Psoriasis Targets and Therapy – Impact Factor: 5.0
  8. Sexual Medicine Reviews – Impact Factor: 4.33
  9. Clinical Plasma Medicine – Impact Factor: 4.143
  10. Acta Dermato-Venereologica – Impact Factor: 4.016
  11. Dermatitis – Impact Factor: 3.988
  12. Contact Dermatitis – Impact Factor: 3.952
  13. Dermatology – Impact Factor: 3.695
  14. Pigment Cell and Melanoma Research – Impact Factor: 3.683
  15. Journal of Dermatological Science – Impact Factor: 3.681
  16. Journal of the German Society of Dermatology (JDDG) – Impact Factor: 3.664
  17. Mycoses – Impact Factor: 3.575
  18. Experimental Dermatology – Impact Factor: 3.368
  19. Skin Pharmacology and Physiology – Impact Factor: 3.314
  20. Dermatologic Clinics – Impact Factor: 3.164
  21. The Journal of Dermatology – Impact Factor: 3.072
  22. Lasers in Surgery and Medicine – Impact Factor: 3.02
  23. Photodiagnosis and Photodynamic Therapy – Impact Factor: 2.894
  24. International Wound Journal – Impact Factor: 2.825
  25. Dermatology and Therapy – Impact Factor: 2.761
  26. Melanoma Research – Impact Factor: 2.75
  27. Dermatologic Surgery – Impact Factor: 2.567
  28. Wound Repair and Regeneration – Impact Factor: 2.471
  29. Clinics in Dermatology – Impact Factor: 2.458
  30. Journal of Tissue Viability – Impact Factor: 2.41
  31. Photodermatology, Photoimmunology, and Photomedicine – Impact Factor: 2.387
  32. Lasers in Medical Science – Impact Factor: 2.342
  33. Archives of Dermatological Research – Impact Factor: 2.339
  34. International Journal of Women’s Dermatology – Impact Factor: 2.226
  35. Journal of Dermatological Treatment – Impact Factor: 2.156
  36. International Journal of Dermatology – Impact Factor: 2.067
  37. Journal of Investigative Dermatology Symposium Proceedings – Impact Factor: 2.026
  38. Clinical, Cosmetic, and Investigational Dermatology – Impact Factor: 1.97
  39. Australasian Journal of Dermatology – Impact Factor: 1.789
  40. Skin Appendage Disorders – Impact Factor: 1.713
  41. Current Problems in Dermatology – Impact Factor: 1.698
  42. Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology – Impact Factor: 1.621
  43. Journal of Drugs in Dermatology – Impact Factor: 1.464
  44. Seminars in Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery – Impact Factor: 1.425
  45. Pediatric Dermatology – Impact Factor: 1.164

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