Top 20 Cardiology 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 Cardiology 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 Cardiology. If you would prefer to consider the rankings of journals dedicated to particular sub-topics within the field, such as interventional cardiology or cardiac electrophysiology, 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 Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine. 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 Cardiology Journals Ranked by Google (2022)

  1. Circulation – h5-index: 176
  2. Journal of the American College of Cardiology – h5-index: 175
  3. European Heart Journal – h5-index: 159
  4. Circulation Research – h5-index: 132
  5. JAMA Cardiology – h5-index: 91
  6. European Journal of Heart Failure – h5-index: 90
  7. Journal of the American Heart Association – h5-index: 89
  8. Nature Reviews Cardiology – h5-index: 88
  9. JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging – h5-index: 78
  10. JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions – h5-index: 76
  11. International Journal of Cardiology – h5-index: 73
  12. Heart Rhythm – h5-index: 72
  13. Cardiovascular Research – h5-index: 71
  14. Heart – h5-index: 70
  15. JACC: Heart Failure – h5-index: 66
  16. European Journal of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation – h5-index: 65
  17. The Annals of Thoracic Surgery – h5-index: 65
  18. EP Europace – h5-index: 64
  19. The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery – h5-index: 64
  20. European Heart Journal: Cardiovascular Imaging – h5-index: 60

Top 20 Cardiology Journals Ranked by SCImago (2021)

  1. Journal of the American College of Cardiology – Journal Ranking: 9.756
  2. JAMA Cardiology – Journal Ranking: 8.324
  3. Circulation – Journal Ranking: 8.281
  4. Nature Reviews Cardiology – Journal Ranking: 6.721
  5. JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging – Journal Ranking: 5.914
  6. JACC: Heart Failure – Journal Ranking: 5.474
  7. European Journal of Heart Failure – Journal Ranking: 5.231
  8. Circulation Research – Journal Ranking: 4.709
  9. European Heart Journal – Journal Ranking: 4.118
  10. JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions – Journal Ranking: 3.595
  11. Circulation: Heart Failure – Journal Ranking: 3.463
  12. Stroke – Journal Ranking: 3.245
  13. Circulation: Cardiovascular Interventions – Journal Ranking: 3.047
  14. JACC: Back to Translational Science – Journal Ranking: 2.879
  15. European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging – Journal Ranking: 2.863
  16. Cardiovascular Research – Journal Ranking: 2.711
  17. Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology – Journal Ranking: 2.679
  18. American Heart Journal – Journal Ranking: 2.564
  19. Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes – Journal Ranking: 2.520
  20. Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation – Journal Ranking: 2.472

Top 50 Cardiology Journals Ranked by Impact Factor (2022)

  1. Nature Reviews Cardiology – Impact Factor: 32.430
  2. European Heart Journal – Impact Factor: 29.983
  3. Circulation – Impact Factor: 29.690
  4. Journal of the American College of Cardiology – Impact Factor: 24.093
  5. Circulation Research – Impact Factor: 17.367
  6. Basic Research in Cardiology – Impact Factor: 17.165
  7. European Journal of Heart Failure – Impact Factor: 15.534
  8. JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging – Impact Factor: 14.805
  9. JAMA Cardiology – Impact Factor: 14.676
  10. JACC: Heart Failure – Impact Factor: 12.035
  11. JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions – Impact Factor: 11.195
  12. Cardiovascular Research – Impact Factor: 10.787
  13. Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation – Impact Factor: 10.247
  14. Cardiovascular Diabetology – Impact Factor: 9.951
  15. Circulation: Heart Failure – Impact Factor: 8.846
  16. JACC: Basic to Translational Science – Impact Factor: 8.648
  17. Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases – Impact Factor: 8.194
  18. European Journal of Preventive Cardiology – Impact Factor: 7.804
  19. Circulation: Cardiovascular Imaging – Impact Factor: 7.792
  20. European Heart Journal: Cardiovascular Imaging – Impact Factor: 6.875
  21. Trends in Cardiovascular Medicine – Impact Factor: 6.677
  22. European Heart Journal-Cardiovascular Pharmacotherapy – Impact Factor: 6.617
  23. Circulation: Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology – Impact Factor: 6.572
  24. Circulation: Cardiovascular Interventions – Impact Factor: 6.546
  25. EuroIntervention – Impact Factor: 6.534
  26. JACC: Clinical Electrophysiology – Impact Factor: 6.375
  27. Heart Rhythm – Impact Factor: 6.343
  28. JACC: CardioOncology – Impact Factor: 6.250
  29. Circulation: Genomic and Precision Medicine – Impact Factor: 6.054
  30. Frontiers in Cardiovascular Medicine – Impact Factor: 6.050
  31. Heart – Impact Factor: 5.994
  32. Journal of Nuclear Cardiology – Impact Factor: 5.952
  33. Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes – Impact Factor: 5.882
  34. Journal of Cardiac Failure – Impact Factor: 5.712
  35. Journal of the American Heart Association – Impact Factor: 5.501
  36. Clinical Research in Cardiology – Impact Factor: 5.460
  37. Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance – Impact Factor: 5.364
  38. Canadian Journal of Cardiology – Impact Factor: 5.352
  39. Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography – Impact Factor: 5.251
  40. Europace – Impact Factor: 5.214
  41. Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery – Impact Factor: 5.209
  42. Current Problems in Cardiology – Impact Factor: 5.200
  43. Atherosclerosis – Impact Factor: 5.162
  44. Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology – Impact Factor: 5.000
  45. Revista Espanola de Cardiologia – Impact Factor: 4.753
  46. American Heart Journal – Impact Factor: 4.749
  47. American Journal of Physiology: Heart and Circulatory Physiology – Impact Factor: 4.733
  48. European Heart Journal-Acute Cardiovascular Care – Impact Factor: 4.696
  49. ESC Heart Failure – Impact Factor: 4.411
  50. European Heart Journal-Quality of Care and Clinical Outcomes – Impact Factor: 4.370

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