Top 20 Pharmacology 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 Pharmacology 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 Pharmacology. If you would prefer to consider the rankings of journals dedicated to particular sub-topics within the field, such as computational pharmacology, 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 Pharmacology. 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 Pharmacology Journals Ranked by Google (2022)

  1. Nature Reviews Drug Discovery – h5-index: 118
  2. Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews – h5-index: 115
  3. Journal of controlled release – h5-index: 102
  4. Journal of Medicinal Chemistry – h5-index: 98
  5. Neuropsychopharmacology – h5-index: 86
  6. British Journal of Pharmacology – h5-index: 85
  7. Pharmacology and Therapeutics – h5-index: 85
  8. Pharmacological Research – h5-index: 82
  9. International Journal of Pharmaceutics – h5-index: 79
  10. Trends in Pharmacological Sciences – h5-index: 77
  11. International Journal of Nanomedicine – h5-index: 75
  12. Neuropharmacology – h5-index: 68
  13. Drugs – h5-index: 67
  14. Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics – h5-index: 65
  15. Journal of Ethnopharmacology – h5-index: 64
  16. Biochemical Pharmacology – h5-index: 63
  17. British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology – h5-index: 62
  18. European Journal of Pharmacology – h5-index: 62
  19. Phytotherapy Research – h5-index: 58
  20. Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology and Biological Psychiatry – h5-index: 58

Top 20 Pharmacology Journals Ranked by SCImago (2021)

  1. Nature Reviews Drug Discovery – Journal Ranking: 11.296
  2. Pharmacological Reviews – Journal Ranking: 5.540
  3. Annual Review of Pharmacology and Toxicology – Journal Ranking: 4.002
  4. Drug Resistance Updates – Journal Ranking: 3.845
  5. Journal for ImmunoTherapy of Cancer – Journal Ranking: 3.450
  6. Trends in Pharmacological Sciences – Journal Ranking: 3.389
  7. Pharmacology and Therapeutics – Journal Ranking: 3.085
  8. Molecular Therapy – Journal Ranking: 3.064
  9. npj Vaccines – Journal Ranking: 2.953
  10. Cell Chemical Biology – Journal Ranking: 2.650
  11. Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences – Journal Ranking: 2.424
  12. Medicinal Research Reviews – Journal Ranking: 2.300
  13. Neuropsychopharmacology – Journal Ranking: 2.277
  14. Antiviral Research – Journal Ranking: 2.213
  15. Pain – Journal Ranking: 2.135
  16. British Journal of Pharmacology – Journal Ranking: 1.993
  17. Pharmacological Research – Journal Ranking: 1.738
  18. Neurotherapeutics – Journal Ranking: 1.725
  19. Current Neuropharmacology – Journal Ranking: 1.722
  20. Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics – Journal Ranking: 1.689

Top 50 Pharmacology Journals Ranked by Impact Factor (2022)

  1. Nature Reviews Drug Discovery – Impact Factor: 84.694
  2. Pharmacological Reviews – Impact Factor: 25.468
  3. Drug Resistance Updates – Impact Factor: 18.500
  4. Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews – Impact Factor: 15.470
  5. Trends in Pharmacological Sciences – Impact Factor: 14.819
  6. Annual Review of Pharmacology and Toxicology – Impact Factor: 13.820
  7. Medicinal Research Reviews – Impact Factor: 12.944
  8. Pharmacology and Therapeutics – Impact Factor: 12.310
  9. Acta Pharmaceutica Sinica B – Impact Factor: 11.614
  10. Journal of Controlled Release – Impact Factor: 9.776
  11. Drugs – Impact Factor: 9.546
  12. British Journal of Pharmacology – Impact Factor: 8.740
  13. Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics – Impact Factor: 8.171
  14. Neuropsychopharmacology – Impact Factor: 7.855
  15. Drug Discovery Today – Impact Factor: 7.851
  16. Pharmacological Research – Impact Factor: 7.658
  17. Neurotherapeutics – Impact Factor: 7.620
  18. Current Neuropharmacology – Impact Factor: 7.390
  19. Expert Opinion on Therapeutic Targets – Impact Factor: 6.902
  20. Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics – Impact Factor: 6.889
  21. Expert Opinion on Therapeutic Patents – Impact Factor: 6.681
  22. Expert Opinion on Drug Delivery – Impact Factor: 6.648
  23. European Heart Journal: Cardiovascular Pharmacotherapy – Impact Factor: 6.617
  24. Asian Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences – Impact Factor: 6.598
  25. Biomedicine and Pharmacotherapy – Impact Factor: 6.530
  26. Clinical Pharmacokinetics – Impact Factor: 6.447
  27. Drug Delivery – Impact Factor: 6.419
  28. International Journal of Nanomedicine – Impact Factor: 6.400
  29. Pharmaceutics – Impact Factor: 6.321
  30. Expert Opinion on Investigational Drugs – Impact Factor: 6.206
  31. Acta Pharmacologica Sinica – Impact Factor: 6.150
  32. Expert Opinion on Drug Discovery – Impact Factor: 6.098
  33. Biomedicines – Impact Factor: 6.081
  34. Journal of Food and Drug Analysis – Impact Factor: 6.079
  35. Antiviral Research – Impact Factor: 5.970
  36. Phytotherapy Research – Impact Factor: 5.882
  37. International Journal of Pharmaceutics – Impact Factor: 5.875
  38. Pharmaceuticals – Impact Factor: 5.863
  39. Biochemical Pharmacology – Impact Factor: 5.858
  40. Frontiers in Pharmacology – Impact Factor: 5.811
  41. Biodrugs – Impact Factor: 5.807
  42. Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research – Impact Factor: 5.800
  43. Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy – Impact Factor: 5.790
  44. Pharmacopsychiatry – Impact Factor: 5.788
  45. Vascular Pharmacology – Impact Factor: 5.773
  46. CNS Drugs – Impact Factor: 5.754
  47. Drug Safety – Impact Factor: 5.606
  48. European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics – Impact Factor: 5.571
  49. Current Opinion in Pharmacology – Impact Factor: 5.547
  50. Reviews of Physiology Biochemistry and Pharmacology – Impact Factor: 5.545

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