Top 10 Immunology Journals of 2021

Whether you are trying to decide where to publish your research findings, looking for literature to discuss at journal club, or simply interested in exploring publications from scientific journals, this article is likely to help you to achieve your aims. We have outlined the rankings of journals from the field of immunology by impact factor, Google’s h5-index, and SCImago’s journal rating.

Note that this article focuses on the rankings of immunology journals in general, as compared to the rankings of journals dedicated to particular sub-topics within immunology such as cancer immunotherapy or rheumatology. If you are interested in exploring rankings for journals specifically dedicated to a particular immunology sub-topic, then this article may not satisfy your needs. In addition, 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.

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 detailed metrics beyond impact factor, which will better inform your search. The quality of a journal should be assessed holistically and not be based on metrics alone.

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. The 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 Immunology. Their most recent release is for the year 2020. Data regarding the impact factor of each journal represents the two-year impact factor for 2019-2020.

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Google Rankings (2021):

  1. Immunity – h5-index: 158
  2. Nature Reviews Immunology – h5-index: 141
  3. Frontiers in Immunology – h5-index: 134
  4. Nature Immunology – h5-index: 133
  5. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology – h5-index: 125
  6. Journal of Experimental Medicine – h5-index: 103
  7. The Journal of Immunology – h5-index: 90
  8. Immunological Reviews – h5-index: 84
  9. Allergy: European Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology – h5-index: 82
  10. Trends in Immunology – h5-index: 80

SCImago Rankings (2020):

  1. Nature Reviews Immunology – Journal Ranking: 20.529
  2. Annual Review of Immunology – Journal Ranking: 18.301
  3. Immunity – Journal Ranking: 14.286
  4. Nature Immunology – Journal Ranking: 9.074
  5. Science Immunology – Journal Ranking: 8.830
  6. Journal of Experimental Medicine – Journal Ranking: 8.483
  7. Nature Microbiology – Journal Ranking: 7.305
  8. Immunological Reviews – Journal Ranking: 6.839
  9. Trends in Immunology – Journal Ranking: 6.349
  10. Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases – Journal Ranking: 6.333

Top 50 Immunology Journals Ranked by Impact Factor (2021):

  1. Nature Reviews Immunology – Impact Factor: 40.358
  2. Immunity – Impact Factor: 22.553
  3. Nature Immunology – Impact Factor: 20.479
  4. Annual Review of Immunology – Impact Factor: 19.9
  5. Blood – Impact Factor: 17.794
  6. Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases – Impact Factor: 16.102
  7. Nature Microbiology – Impact Factor: 15.54
  8. The Lancet HIV – Impact Factor: 14.813
  9. Immunological Reviews – Impact Factor: 13.939
  10. Science Immunology – Impact Factor: 13.44
  11. Trends in Immunology – Impact Factor: 13.422
  12. Journal of Experimental Medicine – Impact Factor: 11.743
  13. Journal for ImmunoTherapy of Cancer – Impact Factor: 10.252
  14. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology – Impact Factor: 10.228
  15. Arthritis and Rheumatology – Impact Factor: 9.586
  16. Seminars in Immunology – Impact Factor: 9.186
  17. American Journal of Clinical and Experimental Immunology – Impact Factor: 9.0
  18. Cancer Immunology Research – Impact Factor: 8.728
  19. Allergy: European Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology – Impact Factor: 8.706
  20. Cellular and Molecular Immunology – Impact Factor: 8.484
  21. Autoimmunity Reviews – Impact Factor: 7.767
  22. Seminars in Immunopathology – Impact Factor: 7.48
  23. Current Opinion in Immunology – Impact Factor: 7.29
  24. Mucosal Immunology – Impact Factor: 6.726
  25. Journal of Autoimmunity – Impact Factor: 6.658
  26. Brain, Behavior, and Immunity – Impact Factor: 6.633
  27. Cell Death and Disease – Impact Factor: 6.304
  28. PLoS Pathogens – Impact Factor: 6.218
  29. Cytokine and Growth Factor Reviews – Impact Factor: 5.982
  30. Clinical and Translational Immunology – Impact Factor: 5.94
  31. OncoImmunology – Impact Factor: 5.869
  32. Journal of Neuroinflammation – Impact Factor: 5.861
  33. npj Vaccines – Impact Factor: 5.833
  34. Emerging Microbes and Infections – Impact Factor: 5.828
  35. Virulence – Impact Factor: 5.542
  36. Cancer Immunology, Immunotherapy – Impact Factor: 5.442
  37. Frontiers in Immunology – Impact Factor: 5.085
  38. Immunology – Impact Factor: 5.016
  39. Open Biology – Impact Factor: 4.967
  40. The Journal of Immunology – Impact Factor: 4.886
  41. mAbs – Impact Factor: 4.634
  42. AIDS – Impact Factor: 4.534
  43. Journal of Virology – Impact Factor: 4.501
  44. European Journal of Immunology – Impact Factor: 4.404
  45. Expert Review of Vaccines – Impact Factor: 4.362
  46. Cellular Immunology – Impact Factor: 4.078
  47. Immunology and Cell Biology – Impact Factor: 3.764
  48. Mediators of Inflammation – Impact Factor: 3.758
  49. Current Opinion in HIV and AIDS – Impact Factor: 3.722
  50. International Immunology – Impact Factor: 3.519

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