Top 20 Dermatology 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 Dermatology 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 Dermatology. If you would prefer to consider the rankings of journals dedicated to particular sub-topics within the field, such as immuno-dermatology or pediatric dermatology, 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 Dermatology. 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 Dermatology Journals Ranked by Google (2022)

  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
  11. Contact Dermatitis – h5-index: 38
  12. Clinics in Dermatology – h5-index: 37
  13. Dermatologic Clinics – h5-index: 36
  14. International Journal of Dermatology – h5-index: 36
  15. Dermatologic Surgery – h5-index: 35
  16. Dermatology and Therapy – h5-index: 35
  17. Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology – h5-index: 35
  18. Journal of Dermatological Treatment – h5-index: 34
  19. Journal of the German Society of Dermatology: JDDG – h5-index: 34
  20. Pediatric Dermatology – h5-index: 32

Top 20 Dermatology Journals Ranked by SCImago (2021)

  1. British Journal of Dermatology – Journal Ranking: 2.447
  2. JAMA Dermatology – Journal Ranking: 2.412
  3. American Journal of Clinical Dermatology – Journal Ranking: 1.956
  4. Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology – Journal Ranking: 1.948
  5. Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology – Journal Ranking: 1.613
  6. Journal of Investigative Dermatology – Journal Ranking: 1.577
  7. Dermatitis – Journal Ranking: 1.503
  8. LGBT Health – Journal Ranking: 1.263
  9. Pigment Cell and Melanoma Research – Journal Ranking: 1.234
  10. Sexually Transmitted Infections – Journal Ranking: 1.197
  11. Sexually Transmitted Diseases – Journal Ranking: 1.103
  12. Journal of Dermatological Science – Journal Ranking: 1.097
  13. Dermatology – Journal Ranking: 1.095
  14. Experimental Dermatology – Journal Ranking: 1.038
  15. Mycoses – Journal Ranking: 1.022
  16. Dermatologic Clinics – Journal Ranking: 1.018
  17. Sexual Medicine Reviews – Journal Ranking: 1.014
  18. Dermatology and Therapy – Journal Ranking: 0.951
  19. Archives of Dermatological Research – Journal Ranking: 0.891
  20. Skin Pharmacology and Physiology – Journal Ranking: 0.860

Top 50 Dermatology Journals Ranked by Impact Factor (2022)

  1. Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology – Impact Factor: 11.527
  2. JAMA Dermatology – Impact Factor: 10.282
  3. British Journal of Dermatology – Impact Factor: 9.302
  4. Journal of Investigative Dermatology – Impact Factor: 8.551
  5. American Journal of Clinical Dermatology – Impact Factor: 7.403
  6. Contact Dermatitis – Impact Factor: 6.600
  7. Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology – Impact Factor: 6.166
  8. Journal Der Deutschen Dermatologischen Gesellschaft – Impact Factor: 5.584
  9. Dermatology – Impact Factor: 5.366
  10. Burns and Trauma – Impact Factor: 5.099
  11. Dermatitis – Impact Factor: 4.845
  12. Advances in Wound Care – Impact Factor: 4.730
  13. Pigment Cell and Melanoma Research – Impact Factor: 4.693
  14. Journal of Dermatological Science – Impact Factor: 4.563
  15. Acta Dermato-Venereologica – Impact Factor: 4.437
  16. Mycoses – Impact Factor: 4.377
  17. Lasers in Surgery and Medicine – Impact Factor: 4.025
  18. Journal of Dermatology – Impact Factor: 4.005
  19. Experimental Dermatology – Impact Factor: 3.960
  20. Wound Repair and Regeneration – Impact Factor: 3.617
  21. Melanoma Research – Impact Factor: 3.599
  22. Clinics in Dermatology – Impact Factor: 3.541
  23. Skin Pharmacology and Physiology – Impact Factor: 3.479
  24. Dermatologic Clinics – Impact Factor: 3.478
  25. Clinical and Experimental Dermatology – Impact Factor: 3.470
  26. Dermatologic Surgery – Impact Factor: 3.398
  27. Journal of Dermatological Treatment – Impact Factor: 3.359
  28. European Journal of Dermatology – Impact Factor: 3.328
  29. International Wound Journal – Impact Factor: 3.315
  30. Dermatology and Therapy – Impact Factor: 3.264
  31. Photodermatology Photoimmunology and Photomedicine – Impact Factor: 3.135
  32. Archives of Dermatological Research – Impact Factor: 3.017
  33. International Journal of Cosmetic Science – Impact Factor: 2.970
  34. Journal of Tissue Viability – Impact Factor: 2.932
  35. Australasian Journal of Dermatology – Impact Factor: 2.875
  36. Dermatologic Therapy – Impact Factor: 2.851
  37. Burns – Impact Factor: 2.744
  38. International Journal of Dermatology – Impact Factor: 2.736
  39. Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology – Impact Factor: 2.696
  40. Indian Journal of Dermatology Venereology and Leprology – Impact Factor: 2.545
  41. Clinical Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology – Impact Factor: 2.489
  42. Skin Research and Technology – Impact Factor: 2.365
  43. Advances in Skin and Wound Care – Impact Factor: 2.347
  44. Journal of Cosmetic and Laser Therapy – Impact Factor: 2.247
  45. Journal of Drugs in Dermatology – Impact Factor: 2.114
  46. Journal of Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery – Impact Factor: 2.092
  47. Journal of Wound Care – Impact Factor: 2.072
  48. International Journal of Lower Extremity Wounds – Impact Factor: 2.057
  49. Giornale Italiano Di Dermatologia E Venereologia – Impact Factor: 2.011
  50. Dermatology Practical and Conceptual – Impact Factor: 1.926

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