Top 20 Surgery 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 Surgery 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 Surgery. If you would prefer to consider the rankings of journals dedicated to particular sub-topics within the field, such as surgical oncology or transplant surgery, 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 Surgery. 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 Surgery Journals Ranked by Google (2022)

  1. Annals of Surgery – h5-index: 115
  2. JAMA Surgery – h5-index: 80
  3. Journal of Vascular Surgery – h5-index: 74
  4. British Journal of Surgery – h5-index: 72
  5. Surgical Endoscopy – h5-index: 72
  6. Annals of Surgical Oncology – h5-index: 70
  7. Obesity Surgery – h5-index: 63
  8. Journal of the American College of Surgeons – h5-index: 58
  9. Surgery – h5-index: 56
  10. Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery – h5-index: 55
  11. European Journal of Surgical Oncology – h5-index: 55
  12. World Journal of Surgery – h5-index: 54
  13. International Journal of Surgery – h5-index: 53
  14. Surgery for obesity and related diseases – h5-index: 53
  15. European journal of vascular and endovascular surgery – h5-index: 51
  16. HPB: The Official Journal of The International Hepato Pancreato Biliary Association – h5-index: 49
  17. The American Journal of Surgery – h5-index: 47
  18. Journal of Surgical Oncology – h5-index: 44
  19. Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery – h5-index: 44
  20. World Journal of Emergency Surgery – h5-index: 42

Top 20 Surgery Journals Ranked by SCImago (2021)

  1. JAMA Surgery – Journal Ranking: 3.569
  2. Annals of Surgery – Journal Ranking: 3.532
  3. Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry – Journal Ranking: 2.922
  4. Journal of NeuroInterventional Surgery – Journal Ranking: 2.652
  5. British Journal of Surgery – Journal Ranking: 2.479
  6. Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation – Journal Ranking: 2.472
  7. European urology oncology – Journal Ranking: 2.299
  8. Bone and Joint Journal – Journal Ranking: 2.172
  9. American Journal of Surgical Pathology – Journal Ranking: 2.129
  10. Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (Series A) – Journal Ranking: 1.912
  11. Journal of Vascular Surgery – Journal Ranking: 1.799
  12. World Journal of Emergency Surgery – Journal Ranking: 1.736
  13. International Journal of Surgery – Journal Ranking: 1.716
  14. JAMA Otolaryngology: Head and Neck Surgery – Journal Ranking: 1.713
  15. Journal of the American College of Surgeons – Journal Ranking: 1.711
  16. Liver Transplantation – Journal Ranking: 1.614
  17. Spine Journal – Journal Ranking: 1.572
  18. Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma – Journal Ranking: 1.568
  19. Otolaryngology: Head and Neck Surgery – Journal Ranking: 1.529
  20. Foot and Ankle International – Journal Ranking: 1.519

Top 50 Surgery Journals Ranked by Impact Factor (2022)

  1. JAMA Surgery – Impact Factor: 14.766
  2. Annals of Surgery – Impact Factor: 12.969
  3. Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry – Impact Factor: 10.283
  4. Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation – Impact Factor: 10.247
  5. Endoscopy – Impact Factor: 10.093
  6. American Journal of Transplantation – Impact Factor: 8.086
  7. Digestive Endoscopy – Impact Factor: 7.559
  8. Hepatobiliary Surgery and Nutrition – Impact Factor: 7.293
  9. European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery – Impact Factor: 7.069
  10. Journal of Hepato-Biliary-Pancreatic Sciences – Impact Factor: 7.027
  11. British Journal of Surgery – Impact Factor: 6.939
  12. American Journal of Surgical Pathology – Impact Factor: 6.394
  13. JAMA Otolaryngology: Head and Neck Surgery – Impact Factor: 6.223
  14. Journal of the American College of Surgeons – Impact Factor: 6.113
  15. International Journal of Surgery – Impact Factor: 6.071
  16. Bone and Joint Research – Impact Factor: 5.853
  17. Journal of NeuroInterventional Surgery – Impact Factor: 5.836
  18. Liver Transplantation – Impact Factor: 5.799
  19. World Journal of Emergency Surgery – Impact Factor: 5.469
  20. Annals of Surgical Oncology – Impact Factor: 5.344
  21. Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (Series A) – Impact Factor: 5.284
  22. Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery – Impact Factor: 5.209
  23. Journal of Neurosurgery – Impact Factor: 5.115
  24. Burns and Trauma – Impact Factor: 5.099
  25. Bone and Joint Journal – Impact Factor: 5.082
  26. Transplantation – Impact Factor: 4.939
  27. Diseases of the Colon and Rectum – Impact Factor: 4.785
  28. Arthroscopy: The Journal of Arthroscopic and Related Surgery – Impact Factor: 4.772
  29. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery – Impact Factor: 4.763
  30. Hernia – Impact Factor: 4.739
  31. Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases – Impact Factor: 4.734
  32. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery – Impact Factor: 4.73
  33. Neurosurgery – Impact Factor: 4.654
  34. Surgical Endoscopy – Impact Factor: 4.584
  35. European Journal of Surgical Oncology – Impact Factor: 4.424
  36. Breast – Impact Factor: 4.38
  37. Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy – Impact Factor: 4.342
  38. Aesthetic Surgery Journal – Impact Factor: 4.283
  39. Journal of Vascular Surgery – Impact Factor: 4.268
  40. Spine Journal – Impact Factor: 4.166
  41. Obesity Surgery – Impact Factor: 4.129
  42. Neurosurgical Focus – Impact Factor: 4.047
  43. Surgery – Impact Factor: 3.982
  44. Acta Orthopaedica – Impact Factor: 3.717
  45. HPB: The Official Journal of The International Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association – Impact Factor: 3.647
  46. Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine – Impact Factor: 3.602
  47. Journal of Endovascular Therapy – Impact Factor: 3.487
  48. Journal of Surgical Oncology – Impact Factor: 3.454
  49. Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery – Impact Factor: 3.313
  50. Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery – Impact Factor: 3.019

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