Top 20 Organic Chemistry 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 Organic Chemistry 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 Organic Chemistry. If you would prefer to consider the rankings of journals dedicated to particular sub-topics within the field 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 Organic Chemistry. 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 Organic Chemistry Journals Ranked by Google (2022)

  1. Molecules – h5-index: 116
  2. Green Chemistry – h5-index: 110
  3. Organic Letters – h5-index: 86
  4. Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry – h5-index: 67
  5. The Journal of Organic Chemistry – h5-index: 66
  6. ChemCatChem – h5-index: 62
  7. Advanced Synthesis & Catalysis – h5-index: 61
  8. Topics in Current Chemistry – h5-index: 52
  9. Organic Chemistry Frontiers – h5-index: 52
  10. Chinese Chemical Letters – h5-index: 50
  11. The Chemical Record – h5-index: 50
  12. Organometallics – h5-index: 50
  13. Bioorganic Chemistry – h5-index: 49
  14. Synthesis – h5-index: 47
  15. Journal of Molecular Catalysis A: Chemical – h5-index: 46
  16. Organic Process Research & Development – h5-index: 44
  17. Bulletin of the Chemical Society of Japan – h5-index: 44
  18. Tetrahedron Letters – h5-index: 44
  19. Applied Organometallic Chemistry – h5-index: 42
  20. Beilstein Journal of Organic Chemistry – h5-index: 42

Top 20 Organic Chemistry Journals Ranked by SCImago (2021)

  1. Progress in Polymer Science – Journal Ranking: 5.886
  2. Natural Product Reports – Journal Ranking: 2.780
  3. Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology C: Photochemistry Reviews – Journal Ranking: 2.718
  4. Journal of Bioresources and Bioproducts – Journal Ranking: 2.466
  5. Redox Biology – Journal Ranking: 2.191
  6. Aldrichimica Acta – Journal Ranking: 2.000
  7. ACS Macro Letters – Journal Ranking: 1.705
  8. Organic Letters – Journal Ranking: 1.669
  9. Carbohydrate Polymers – Journal Ranking: 1.612
  10. Fuel – Journal Ranking: 1.514
  11. Macromolecules – Journal Ranking: 1.504
  12. Organic Reactions – Journal Ranking: 1.432
  13. Ultrasonics Sonochemistry – Journal Ranking: 1.414
  14. Advanced Synthesis and Catalysis – Journal Ranking: 1.392
  15. Chemistry: A European Journal – Journal Ranking: 1.343
  16. ChemCatChem – Journal Ranking: 1.311
  17. Organic Chemistry Frontiers – Journal Ranking: 1.218
  18. Bioconjugate Chemistry – Journal Ranking: 1.193
  19. International Journal of Molecular Sciences – Journal Ranking: 1.176
  20. Polymer Chemistry – Journal Ranking: 1.120

Top 50 Organic Chemistry Journals Ranked by Impact Factor (2022)

  1. Natural Product Reports – Impact Factor: 13.423
  2. Advances in Carbohydrate Chemistry and Biochemistry – Impact Factor: 12.200
  3. Carbohydrate Polymers – Impact Factor: 9.381
  4. Bioinorganic Chemistry and Applications – Impact Factor: 7.778
  5. Biomacromolecules – Impact Factor: 6.988
  6. Organic Letters – Impact Factor: 6.005
  7. Advanced Synthesis & Catalysis – Impact Factor: 5.837
  8. Organic Chemistry Frontiers – Impact Factor: 5.281
  9. Bioorganic Chemistry – Impact Factor: 5.275
  10. Advances in Organometallic Chemistry – Impact Factor: 4.833
  11. Bioconjugate Chemistry – Impact Factor: 4.774
  12. Journal of Organic Chemistry – Impact Factor: 4.354
  13. Organometallics – Impact Factor: 3.876
  14. Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry – Impact Factor: 3.876
  15. Polycyclic Aromatic Compounds – Impact Factor: 3.744
  16. Aldrichimica Acta – Impact Factor: 3.667
  17. Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry – Impact Factor: 3.641
  18. Advances in Heterocyclic Chemistry – Impact Factor: 3.552
  19. Asian Journal of Organic Chemistry – Impact Factor: 3.319
  20. Organic Process Research & Development – Impact Factor: 3.317
  21. Synthesis: Stuttgart – Impact Factor: 3.157
  22. European Journal of Organic Chemistry – Impact Factor: 3.021
  23. Beilstein Journal of Organic Chemistry – Impact Factor: 2.883
  24. Advances in Physical Organic Chemistry – Impact Factor: 2.833
  25. Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters – Impact Factor: 2.823
  26. Mini-reviews in Organic Chemistry – Impact Factor: 2.495
  27. Tetrahedron – Impact Factor: 2.457
  28. Synlett – Impact Factor: 2.454
  29. Chirality – Impact Factor: 2.437
  30. Tetrahedron Letters – Impact Factor: 2.415
  31. Journal of Physical Organic Chemistry – Impact Factor: 2.391
  32. Journal of Organometallic Chemistry – Impact Factor: 2.369
  33. Journal of Heterocyclic Chemistry – Impact Factor: 2.193
  34. Current Organic Chemistry – Impact Factor: 2.180
  35. Carbohydrate Research – Impact Factor: 2.104
  36. Journal of Fluorine Chemistry – Impact Factor: 2.050
  37. Synthetic Communications – Impact Factor: 2.007
  38. Current Organic Synthesis – Impact Factor: 1.975
  39. Journal of Carbohydrate Chemistry – Impact Factor: 1.667
  40. Chinese Journal of Organic Chemistry – Impact Factor: 1.652
  41. Organic Preparations and Procedures International – Impact Factor: 1.628
  42. Topics in Organometallic Chemistry – Impact Factor: 1.311
  43. Chemistry of Heterocyclic Compounds – Impact Factor: 1.277
  44. Arkivoc – Impact Factor: 1.140
  45. Heterocyclic Communications – Impact Factor: 1.120
  46. Phosphorus Sulfur and Silicon and the Related Elements – Impact Factor: 1.082
  47. Main Group Metal Chemistry – Impact Factor: 1.068
  48. Zeitschrift Fur Naturforschung Section B: A Journal of Chemical Sciences – Impact Factor: 1.047
  49. Petroleum Chemistry – Impact Factor: 1.029
  50. Letters in Organic Chemistry – Impact Factor: 0.867

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