Top 20 Immunology 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 Immunology 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 Immunology. If you would prefer to consider the rankings of journals dedicated to particular sub-topics within the field, such as cancer immunotherapy or transplantation, 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 Immunology. 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 Immunology Journals Ranked by Google (2022)

  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
  11. Autoimmunity Reviews – h5-index: 76
  12. Science Immunology – h5-index: 75
  13. The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice – h5-index: 69
  14. Mucosal Immunology – h5-index: 68
  15. European Journal of Immunology – h5-index: 65
  16. Mediators of Inflammation – h5-index: 65
  17. Cellular and Molecular Immunology – h5-index: 64
  18. Journal of Autoimmunity – h5-index: 63
  19. Annual Review of Immunology – h5-index: 62
  20. Current Opinion in Immunology – h5-index: 61

Top 20 Immunology Journals Ranked by SCImago (2021)

  1. Annual Review of Immunology – Journal Ranking: 17.814
  2. Nature Reviews Immunology – Journal Ranking: 17.109
  3. Immunity – Journal Ranking: 14.075
  4. Science Immunology – Journal Ranking: 11.962
  5. Nature Microbiology – Journal Ranking: 9.690
  6. Nature Immunology – Journal Ranking: 9.135
  7. Journal of Experimental Medicine – Journal Ranking: 7.265
  8. The Lancet Rheumatology – Journal Ranking: 6.633
  9. Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases– Journal Ranking: 5.366
  10. The Lancet HIV – Journal Ranking: 5.296
  11. Trends in Immunology – Journal Ranking: 4.890
  12. Blood – Journal Ranking: 4.834
  13. Immunological Reviews – Journal Ranking: 4.801
  14. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology – Journal Ranking: 3.810
  15. Cancer Immunology Research – Journal Ranking: 3.623
  16. Journal for ImmunoTherapy of Cancer – Journal Ranking: 3.450
  17. Seminars in Immunology – Journal Ranking: 3.345
  18. Emerging Microbes and Infections – Journal Ranking: 3.322
  19. Mucosal Immunology – Journal Ranking: 3.248
  20. Arthritis and Rheumatology – Journal Ranking: 3.205

Top 50 Immunology Journals Ranked by Impact Factor (2022)

  1. Nature Reviews Immunology – Impact Factor: 53.106
  2. Immunity – Impact Factor: 31.745
  3. Annual Review of Immunology – Impact Factor: 28.527
  4. Nature Immunology – Impact Factor: 25.606
  5. Blood – Impact Factor: 22.113
  6. Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases – Impact Factor: 19.103
  7. Nature Microbiology – Impact Factor: 17.745
  8. Science Immunology – Impact Factor: 17.727
  9. Trends in Immunology – Impact Factor: 16.687
  10. Journal of Experimental Medicine – Impact Factor: 14.307
  11. Journal for ImmunoTherapy of Cancer – Impact Factor: 13.751
  12. Allergy: European Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology – Impact Factor: 13.146
  13. Immunological Reviews – Impact Factor: 12.988
  14. The Lancet HIV – Impact Factor: 12.767
  15. Cellular and Molecular Immunology – Impact Factor: 11.53
  16. Cancer Immunology Research – Impact Factor: 11.151
  17. Seminars in Immunology – Impact Factor: 11.13
  18. Arthritis and Rheumatology – Impact Factor: 10.995
  19. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology – Impact Factor: 10.793
  20. Autoimmunity Reviews – Impact Factor: 9.754
  21. Seminars in Immunopathology – Impact Factor: 9.623
  22. Cell Death and Disease – Impact Factor: 8.469
  23. OncoImmunology – Impact Factor: 8.11
  24. Cytokine and Growth Factor Reviews – Impact Factor: 7.638
  25. Journal of Neuroinflammation – Impact Factor: 7.573
  26. Frontiers in Immunology – Impact Factor: 7.561
  27. Current Opinion in Immunology – Impact Factor: 7.486
  28. Immunology – Impact Factor: 7.397
  29. Mucosal Immunology – Impact Factor: 7.313
  30. Brain, Behavior, and Immunity – Impact Factor: 7.217
  31. Journal of Autoimmunity – Impact Factor: 7.094
  32. Cancer Immunology, Immunotherapy – Impact Factor: 6.968
  33. PLoS Pathogens – Impact Factor: 6.823
  34. npj Vaccines – Impact Factor: 6.12
  35. Virulence – Impact Factor: 5.882
  36. mAbs – Impact Factor: 5.857
  37. Emerging Microbes and Infections – Impact Factor: 5.842
  38. European Journal of Immunology – Impact Factor: 5.532
  39. The Journal of Immunology – Impact Factor: 5.422
  40. Expert Review of Vaccines – Impact Factor: 5.217
  41. Immunology and Cell Biology – Impact Factor: 5.126
  42. Journal of Virology – Impact Factor: 5.103
  43. Clinical and Translational Immunology – Impact Factor: 5.028
  44. Cellular Immunology – Impact Factor: 4.868
  45. International Immunology – Impact Factor: 4.823
  46. Mediators of Inflammation – Impact Factor: 4.711
  47. Expert Review of Clinical Immunology – Impact Factor: 4.473
  48. Clinical and Experimental Immunology – Impact Factor: 4.33
  49. Current Topics in Microbiology and Immunology – Impact Factor: 4.291
  50. Current Opinion in HIV and AIDS – Impact Factor: 4.283

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