Top 20 Gastroenterology and Hepatology 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 fields of Gastroenterology and Hepatology 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 Gastroenterology and Hepatology. If you would prefer to consider the rankings of journals dedicated to particular sub-topics within these fields, 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 Gastroenterology. 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 Gastroenterology and Hepatology Journals Ranked by Google (2022)

  1. Gastroenterology – h5-index: 157
  2. Gut – h5-index: 141
  3. Journal of Hepatology – h5-index: 138
  4. Hepatology – h5-index: 128
  5. Nature Reviews Gastroenterology and Hepatology – h5-index: 97
  6. World Journal of Gastroenterology – h5-index: 94
  7. Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology – h5-index: 91
  8. American Journal of Gastroenterology – h5-index: 84
  9. Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics – h5-index: 84
  10. The Lancet Gastroenterology and Hepatology – h5-index: 81
  11. Gastrointestinal Endoscopy – h5-index: 73
  12. Journal of Crohn’s and Colitis – h5-index: 71
  13. Liver International – h5-index: 66
  14. Inflammatory Bowel Diseases – h5-index: 64
  15. Endoscopy – h5-index: 58
  16. Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology – h5-index: 58
  17. Gastric Cancer – h5-index: 57
  18. Digestive Diseases and Sciences – h5-index: 56
  19. Journal of Gastroenterology – h5-index: 55
  20. Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition – h5-index: 54

Top 20 Gastroenterology Journals Ranked by SCImago (2021)

  1. Nature Reviews Gastroenterology and Hepatology – Journal Ranking: 9.409
  2. Gut – Journal Ranking: 7.885
  3. Gastroenterology – Journal Ranking: 7.689
  4. The Lancet Gastroenterology and Hepatology – Journal Ranking: 5.927
  5. Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics – Journal Ranking: 2.850
  6. JHEP Reports – Journal Ranking: 2.835
  7. Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology – Journal Ranking: 2.691
  8. American Journal of Gastroenterology – Journal Ranking: 2.683
  9. Cellular and Molecular Gastroenterology and Hepatology – Journal Ranking: 2.639
  10. Journal of Crohn’s and Colitis – Journal Ranking: 2.429
  11. Gastrointestinal Endoscopy – Journal Ranking: 2.162
  12. Gut Microbes – Journal Ranking: 1.931
  13. Journal of Gastroenterology – Journal Ranking: 1.928
  14. Gastric Cancer – Journal Ranking: 1.741
  15. Inflammatory Bowel Diseases – Journal Ranking: 1.706
  16. Endoscopy – Journal Ranking: 1.468
  17. Digestive Endoscopy – Journal Ranking: 1.462
  18. United European Gastroenterology Journal – Journal Ranking: 1.445
  19. Neurogastroenterology and Motility – Journal Ranking: 1.417
  20. American Journal of Physiology: Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology – Journal Ranking: 1.389

Top 75 Gastroenterology and Hepatology Journals Ranked by Impact Factor (2022)

  1. Nature Reviews Gastroenterology and Hepatology – Impact Factor: 46.802
  2. Journal of Hepatology – Impact Factor: 25.083
  3. Gut – Impact Factor: 23.059
  4. Gastroenterology – Impact Factor: 22.682
  5. The Lancet Gastroenterology and Hepatology – Impact Factor: 18.486
  6. Hepatology – Impact Factor: 17.425
  7. Liver Cancer – Impact Factor: 11.740
  8. Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology – Impact Factor: 11.382
  9. American Journal of Gastroenterology – Impact Factor: 10.864
  10. Gut Microbes – Impact Factor: 10.245
  11. Endoscopy – Impact Factor: 10.093
  12. Gastrointestinal Endoscopy – Impact Factor: 9.427
  13. Cellular and Molecular Gastroenterology and Hepatology – Impact Factor: 9.225
  14. Journal of Crohn’s and Colitis – Impact Factor: 9.071
  15. Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics – Impact Factor: 8.171
  16. Digestive Endoscopy – Impact Factor: 7.559
  17. Journal of Gastroenterology – Impact Factor: 7.527
  18. Gastric Cancer – Impact Factor: 7.370
  19. Hepatobiliary Surgery and Nutrition – Impact Factor: 7.293
  20. Journal of Hepato-Biliary-Pancreatic Sciences – Impact Factor: 7.027
  21. Clinics in Liver Disease – Impact Factor: 6.126
  22. Seminars in Liver Disease – Impact Factor: 6.115
  23. Clinical and Molecular Hepatology – Impact Factor: 6.074
  24. Hepatology International– Impact Factor: 6.047
  25. Liver International – Impact Factor: 5.828
  26. Liver Transplantation – Impact Factor: 5.799
  27. Helicobacter – Impact Factor: 5.753
  28. World Journal of Gastroenterology – Impact Factor: 5.742
  29. Endoscopic Ultrasound – Impact Factor: 5.628
  30. Inflammatory Bowel Diseases – Impact Factor: 5.325
  31. Annals of Gastroenterological Surgery – Impact Factor: 5.164
  32. Hepatology Communications – Impact Factor: 5.073
  33. Journal of Neurogastroenterology and Motility – Impact Factor: 4.924
  34. Diseases of the Colon and Rectum – Impact Factor: 4.785
  35. United European Gastroenterology Journal – Impact Factor: 4.623
  36. Gut and Liver – Impact Factor: 4.519
  37. Clinical and Translational Gastroenterology – Impact Factor: 4.488
  38. Therapeutic Advances in Gastroenterology – Impact Factor: 4.409
  39. Hepatology Research – Impact Factor: 4.288
  40. Esophagus – Impact Factor: 4.230
  41. Gut Pathogens – Impact Factor: 4.181
  42. Journal of Clinical and Translational Hepatology – Impact Factor: 4.108
  43. Digestive and Liver Disease – Impact Factor: 4.088
  44. American Journal of Physiology Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology – Impact Factor: 4.052
  45. Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology – Impact Factor: 4.029
  46. Pancreatology – Impact Factor: 3.996
  47. Expert Review of Gastroenterology and Hepatology – Impact Factor: 3.869
  48. Gastroenterology Clinics of North America – Impact Factor: 3.806
  49. Colorectal Disease – Impact Factor: 3.788
  50. Techniques in Coloproctology– Impact Factor: 3.781
  51. Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Diseases International – Impact Factor: 3.780
  52. Journal of Viral Hepatitis – Impact Factor: 3.728
  53. Journal of Gastric Cancer – Impact Factor: 3.720
  54. Gastroenterology Report – Impact Factor: 3.651
  55. HPB – Impact Factor: 3.647
  56. Neurogastroenterology and Motility – Impact Factor: 3.598
  57. Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology – Impact Factor: 3.522
  58. Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery – Impact Factor: 3.452
  59. Diseases of the Esophagus – Impact Factor: 3.429
  60. World Journal of Gastrointestinal Oncology – Impact Factor: 3.393
  61. Pancreas – Impact Factor: 3.327
  62. Current Opinion in Gastroenterology – Impact Factor: 3.287
  63. Digestion – Impact Factor: 3.216
  64. Digestive Diseases and Sciences – Impact Factor: 3.199
  65. Minerva Gastroenterologica e Dietologica – Impact Factor: 3.072
  66. BMC Gastroenterology – Impact Factor: 3.067
  67. Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology – Impact Factor: 3.062
  68. Best Practice and Research Clinical Gastroenterology – Impact Factor: 3.043
  69. Clinics and Research in Hepatology and Gastroenterology – Impact Factor: 2.947
  70. Journal of Gastrointestinal Oncology – Impact Factor: 2.892
  71. Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition – Impact Factor: 2.839
  72. Digestive Surgery – Impact Factor: 2.588
  73. World Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery – Impact Factor: 2.582
  74. International Journal of Colorectal Disease – Impact Factor: 2.571
  75. European Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology – Impact Factor: 2.568

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