Top 20 Public Health 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 Public Health 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 Public Health. 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 Public Health, Environmental, and Occupational Health. 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 Public Health Journals Ranked by Google (2022)

  1. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health – h5-index: 113
  2. American Journal of Public Health – h5-index: 90
  3. BMC Public Health – h5-index: 89
  4. American Journal of Preventive Medicine – h5-index: 82
  5. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity – h5-index: 71
  6. The Lancet Public Health – h5-index: 70
  7. Bulletin of the World Health Organization – h5-index: 68
  8. Preventive Medicine – h5-index: 68
  9. Tobacco Control – h5-index: 65
  10. Annual Review of Public Health – h5-index: 58
  11. Nicotine and Tobacco Research – h5-index: 58
  12. AIDS and behavior – h5-index: 57
  13. JMIR Public Health and Surveillance – h5-index: 51
  14. International Journal for Equity in Health – h5-index: 51
  15. Health Policy and Planning – h5-index: 50
  16. European Journal of Public Health – h5-index: 49
  17. Public Health – h5-index: 48
  18. Preventive Medicine Reports – h5-index: 47
  19. Journal of Global Health – h5-index: 44
  20. Global Health Action – h5-index: 43

Top 20 Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health Journals Ranked by SCImago (2021)

  1. The Lancet Public Health – Journal Ranking: 11.372
  2. Clinical Microbiology Reviews – Journal Ranking: 8.964
  3. Annual Review of Public Health – Journal Ranking: 8.451
  4. Eurosurveillance – Journal Ranking: 4.417
  5. Journal of Travel Medicine – Journal Ranking: 3.574
  6. The Lancet Planetary Health – Journal Ranking: 3.389
  7. National Health Statistics Reports – Journal Ranking: 3.048
  8. Journal of Occupational Health Psychology – Journal Ranking: 3.014
  9. Bulletin of the World Health Organization – Journal Ranking: 2.616
  10. Implementation Science – Journal Ranking: 2.550
  11. AIDS Patient Care and STDs – Journal Ranking: 2.544
  12. Obesity Reviews – Journal Ranking: 2.536
  13. American Journal of Public Health – Journal Ranking: 2.409
  14. Trauma, Violence, and Abuse – Journal Ranking: 2.407
  15. BMJ Global Health – Journal Ranking: 2.263
  16. Travel Medicine and Infectious Disease – Journal Ranking: 2.225
  17. American Journal of Preventive Medicine – Journal Ranking: 2.208
  18. Translational Research – Journal Ranking: 2.174
  19. Journal of the International AIDS Society – Journal Ranking: 2.162
  20. Environmental Research Letters – Journal Ranking: 2.111

Top 50 Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health Journals Ranked by Impact Factor (2022)

  1. Lancet Global Health – Impact Factor: 26.763
  2. Annual Review of Public Health – Impact Factor: 21.981
  3. Lancet Public Health – Impact Factor: 21.648
  4. Lancet Planetary Health – Impact Factor: 19.173
  5. Analytic Methods in Accident Research – Impact Factor: 11.806
  6. American Journal of Public Health – Impact Factor: 9.308
  7. Tobacco Control – Impact Factor: 7.552
  8. Journal of Occupational Health Psychology – Impact Factor: 7.250
  9. Current Environmental Health Reports – Impact Factor: 7.122
  10. BMJ Global Health – Impact Factor: 5.558
  11. International Journal of Transgenderism – Impact Factor: 5.333
  12. Aids Patient Care and STDs – Impact Factor: 5.078
  13. American Journal of Preventive Medicine – Impact Factor: 5.043
  14. Scandinavian Journal of Work Environment & Health – Impact Factor: 5.024
  15. Accident Analysis and Prevention – Impact Factor: 4.993
  16. Perspectives in Public Health – Impact Factor: 4.940
  17. Journal of Adolescent Health – Impact Factor: 4.828
  18. Epidemiology – Impact Factor: 4.822
  19. Health Reports – Impact Factor: 4.796
  20. Social Science & Medicine – Impact Factor: 4.634
  21. Journal of Health and Social Behavior – Impact Factor: 4.462
  22. Journal of Global Health – Impact Factor: 4.413
  23. Journal of Rural Health – Impact Factor: 4.333
  24. Nicotine & Tobacco Research – Impact Factor: 4.244
  25. LGBT Health – Impact Factor: 4.190
  26. Globalization and Health – Impact Factor: 4.185
  27. Quality of Life Research – Impact Factor: 4.147
  28. JMIR Public Health and Surveillance – Impact Factor: 4.112
  29. Health & Place – Impact Factor: 4.078
  30. Prevention Science – Impact Factor: 4.060
  31. Risk Analysis – Impact Factor: 4.000
  32. International Journal of Health Geographics – Impact Factor: 3.918
  33. AIDS and Behavior – Impact Factor: 3.895
  34. Reproductive Health Matters – Impact Factor: 3.853
  35. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health – Impact Factor: 3.710
  36. Frontiers in Public Health – Impact Factor: 3.709
  37. Environmental Health and Preventive Medicine – Impact Factor: 3.674
  38. American Journal of Community Psychology – Impact Factor: 3.554
  39. Digital Health – Impact Factor: 3.495
  40. Journal of Safety Research – Impact Factor: 3.487
  41. Health Systems & Reform – Impact Factor: 3.391
  42. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health – Impact Factor: 3.390
  43. International Journal of Public Health – Impact Factor: 3.380
  44. Health Expectations – Impact Factor: 3.377
  45. European Journal of Public Health – Impact Factor: 3.367
  46. Research in Social & Administrative Pharmacy – Impact Factor: 3.336
  47. Reproductive Health – Impact Factor: 3.223
  48. Games for Health Journal – Impact Factor: 3.204
  49. International Journal for Equity in Health – Impact Factor: 3.192
  50. Studies in Family Planning – Impact Factor: 3.111

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