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

  1. Frontiers in Psychology – h5-index: 108
  2. Trends in Cognitive Sciences – h5-index: 107
  3. Clinical Psychology Review – h5-index: 91
  4. Psychological Bulletin – h5-index: 83
  5. Personality and Individual Differences – h5-index: 82
  6. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology – h5-index: 81
  7. Psychological Science – h5-index: 80
  8. Perspectives on Psychological Science – h5-index: 79
  9. Journal of Applied Psychology – h5-index: 77
  10. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience – h5-index: 76
  11. Annual Review of Psychology – h5-index: 75
  12. Child Development – h5-index: 74
  13. American Psychologist – h5-index: 73
  14. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry – h5-index: 73
  15. Current Opinions in Psychology – h5-index: 73
  16. Journal of Organizational Behavior – h5-index: 67
  17. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review – h5-index: 66
  18. Journal of Vocational Behavior – h5-index: 66
  19. Addictive Behaviors – h5-index: 64
  20. Journal of Educational Psychology – h5-index: 63

Top 20 Psychology Journals Ranked by SCImago (2021)

  1. Annual Review of Psychology – Journal Ranking: 8.804
  2. Psychological Bulletin – Journal Ranking: 7.504
  3. Psychological Methods – Journal Ranking: 5.295
  4. Advances in Methods and Practices in Psychological Science – Journal Ranking: 4.950
  5. Psychological Science in the Public Interest – Journal Ranking: 4.612
  6. Perspectives on Psychological Science – Journal Ranking: 4.563
  7. Psychological Review – Journal Ranking: 4.355
  8. Journal of Organizational Behavior – Journal Ranking: 3.880
  9. Current Directions in Psychological Science – Journal Ranking: 3.098
  10. Journal of Business and Psychology – Journal Ranking: 3.093
  11. Psychological Science – Journal Ranking: 3.020
  12. Behavior Research Methods – Journal Ranking: 2.874
  13. American Psychologist – Journal Ranking: 2.503
  14. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General – Journal Ranking: 2.316
  15. Computers in Human Behavior – Journal Ranking: 2.174
  16. Current Opinion in Psychology – Journal Ranking: 2.085
  17. British Journal of Mathematical and Statistical Psychology – Journal Ranking: 1.991
  18. Scientific Studies of Reading – Journal Ranking: 1.923
  19. Annual Review of Applied Linguistics – Journal Ranking: 1.921
  20. Psychometrika – Journal Ranking: 1.867

Top 50 Psychology Journals Ranked by Impact Factor (2022)

  1. Psychological Science in the Public Interest – Impact Factor: 37.857
  2. Annual Review of Psychology – Impact Factor: 24.137
  3. Psychological Bulletin – Impact Factor: 17.737
  4. Psychological Methods – Impact Factor: 11.302
  5. American Psychologist – Impact Factor: 10.885
  6. Perspectives on Psychological Science – Impact Factor: 9.837
  7. European Journal of Psychology Applied to Legal Context – Impact Factor: 9.300
  8. Psychological Review – Impact Factor: 8.934
  9. Psychological Science – Impact Factor: 7.029
  10. Computers in Human Behavior – Impact Factor: 6.829
  11. Current Directions in Psychological Science – Impact Factor: 6.811
  12. Emotion Review – Impact Factor: 6.469
  13. Body Image – Impact Factor: 6.406
  14. Environment and Behavior – Impact Factor: 6.222
  15. Current Opinion in Psychology – Impact Factor: 5.717
  16. European Psychologist – Impact Factor: 5.569
  17. Journal of Environmental Psychology – Impact Factor: 5.192
  18. Psychosocial Intervention – Impact Factor: 5.083
  19. Annals of Behavioral Medicine – Impact Factor: 4.908
  20. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior – Impact Factor: 4.450
  21. Aggression and Violent Behavior – Impact Factor: 4.382
  22. Psychosomatic Medicine – Impact Factor: 4.312
  23. Current Psychology – Impact Factor: 4.297
  24. Psychological Inquiry – Impact Factor: 4.278
  25. British Journal of Psychology – Impact Factor: 4.267
  26. Journal of Positive Psychology – Impact Factor: 4.197
  27. Journals of Gerontology Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences – Impact Factor: 4.077
  28. Psychology of Women Quarterly – Impact Factor: 4.062
  29. Psycho-Oncology – Impact Factor: 3.894
  30. Psicothema – Impact Factor: 3.890
  31. Journal of Happiness Studies – Impact Factor: 3.852
  32. Journal of Gambling Studies – Impact Factor: 3.655
  33. International Journal of Human-Computer Studies – Impact Factor: 3.632
  34. American Journal of Community Psychology – Impact Factor: 3.554
  35. Review of General Psychology – Impact Factor: 3.443
  36. Feminism & Psychology – Impact Factor: 3.377
  37. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors – Impact Factor: 3.288
  38. Crisis: the Journal of Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention – Impact Factor: 3.287
  39. Psychology Public Policy and Law – Impact Factor: 3.078
  40. Psychology & Health – Impact Factor: 3.073
  41. Archives of Suicide Research – Impact Factor: 3.033
  42. Collabra: Psychology – Impact Factor: 3.020
  43. Frontiers in Psychology – Impact Factor: 2.988
  44. Journal of Homosexuality – Impact Factor: 2.952
  45. Psychology Research and Behavior Management – Impact Factor: 2.945
  46. Journal of Psychology – Impact Factor: 2.920
  47. Aggressive Behavior – Impact Factor: 2.917
  48. Cyberpsychology: Journal of Psychosocial Research on Cyberspace – Impact Factor: 2.905
  49. Anxiety Stress and Coping – Impact Factor: 2.887
  50. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory – Impact Factor: 2.877

Top 50 Clinical Psychology Journals Ranked by Impact Factor (2022)

  1. Annual Review of Clinical Psychology – Impact Factor: 18.561
  2. Clinical Psychology Review – Impact Factor: 12.792
  3. Psychological Medicine – Impact Factor: 7.723
  4. Neuropsychology Review – Impact Factor: 7.444
  5. Health Psychology Review – Impact Factor: 7.182
  6. Clinical Psychological Science – Impact Factor: 7.169
  7. Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice – Impact Factor: 6.724
  8. Journal of Abnormal Psychology – Impact Factor: 6.673
  9. Psychotherapy – Impact Factor: 6.596
  10. Depression and Anxiety – Impact Factor: 6.505
  11. Body Image – Impact Factor: 6.406
  12. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy – Impact Factor: 5.761
  13. Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review – Impact Factor: 5.574
  14. International Journal of Clinical and Health Psychology – Impact Factor: 5.350
  15. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology – Impact Factor: 5.348
  16. International Journal of Transgenderism – Impact Factor: 5.333
  17. Journal of Anxiety Disorders – Impact Factor: 5.264
  18. Journal of Sex Research – Impact Factor: 5.141
  19. Psychological Assessment – Impact Factor: 5.123
  20. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology – Impact Factor: 4.964
  21. International Journal of Eating Disorders – Impact Factor: 4.861
  22. Mindfulness – Impact Factor: 4.684
  23. Assessment – Impact Factor: 4.667
  24. European Eating Disorders Review – Impact Factor: 4.520
  25. Archives of Sexual Behavior – Impact Factor: 4.507
  26. Behaviour Research and Therapy – Impact Factor: 4.473
  27. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry – Impact Factor: 4.384
  28. Internet Interventions: The Application of Information Technology in Mental and Behavioural Health – Impact Factor: 4.333
  29. Journal of Mental Health – Impact Factor: 4.299
  30. Health Psychology – Impact Factor: 4.267
  31. Behavior Therapy – Impact Factor: 4.183
  32. Psychology of Violence – Impact Factor: 4.147
  33. British Journal of Clinical Psychology – Impact Factor: 4.125
  34. European Journal of Psychotraumatology – Impact Factor: 4.071
  35. Journal of Eating Disorders – Impact Factor: 4.049
  36. Psychology and Psychotherapy: Theory Research and Practice – Impact Factor: 3.915
  37. Addictive Behaviors – Impact Factor: 3.913
  38. Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions – Impact Factor: 3.878
  39. International Psychogeriatrics – Impact Factor: 3.878
  40. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology – Impact Factor: 3.837
  41. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction – Impact Factor: 3.836
  42. American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse – Impact Factor: 3.829
  43. Journal of Personality Assessment – Impact Factor: 3.777
  44. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment – Impact Factor: 3.770
  45. Psychotherapy Research – Impact Factor: 3.768
  46. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis – Impact Factor: 3.695
  47. Personality Disorders: Theory Research and Treatment – Impact Factor: 3.623
  48. Clinical Neuropsychologist – Impact Factor: 3.535
  49. Family Process – Impact Factor: 3.532
  50. Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment – Impact Factor: 3.489

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