Top 10 Pharmacology Journals of 2021

This article provides an overview of the 10 best scientific journals in the field of pharmacology. Whether you are trying to identify the ideal journal for your research or simply interested in exploring recent publications, you are likely to find this article helpful to your search.

The journals that we have outlined are primarily “general pharmacology” journals. If you are interested in learning more about the rankings of journals within particular niches of pharmacology such as computational pharmacology, medicinal chemistry, or drug discovery, then you may not find this article helpful.

We encourage you to visit the website associated with each journal, where you can learn about its aims and scope, policies, open access status, and detailed metrics including impact factor.

The rankings provided in this article reflect those according to the Google H-5 index and the SCImago scoring system. 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 Pharmacology. Their most recent release is for the year 2019.

Google Rankings (2020):

  1. Nature Reviews Drug Discovery – h5-index: 111
  2. Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews – h5-index: 104
  3. Journal of controlled release – h5-index: 96
  4. Journal of Medicinal Chemistry – h5-index: 88
  5. Neuropsychopharmacology – h5-index: 83
  6. Pharmacology & Therapeutics – h5-index: 81
  7. British Journal of Pharmacology – h5-index: 74
  8. International Journal of Pharmaceutics – h5-index: 73
  9. Trends in Pharmacological Sciences – h5-index: 70
  10. Pharmacological Research – h5-index: 66

SCImago Rankings (2019):

  1. Pharmacological Reviews – Journal Ranking: 7.179
  2. Nature Reviews Drug Discovery – Journal Ranking: 7.018
  3. Annual Review of Pharmacology and Toxicology – Journal Ranking: 5.153
  4. Perspectives in Medicinal Chemistry – Journal Ranking: 4.450
  5. Trends in Pharmacological Sciences – Journal Ranking: 4.195
  6. Journal for ImmunoTherapy of Cancer – Journal Ranking: 4.194
  7. Drug Resistance Updates – Journal Ranking: 3.920
  8. Molecular Therapy – Journal Ranking: 3.489
  9. Pharmacology and Therapeutics – Journal Ranking: 3.348
  10. Cell Chemical Biology – Journal Ranking: 3.283

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