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

  1. Journal of Medical Virology – h5-index: 96
  2. PLOS Pathogens – h5-index: 93
  3. Vaccine – h5-index: 82
  4. Journal of Virology – h5-index: 81
  5. Viruses – h5-index: 80
  6. Emerging Microbes & Infections – h5-index: 67
  7. Antiviral Research – h5-index: 64
  8. Journal of Clinical Virology – h5-index: 63
  9. Human Vaccines and Immunotherapeutics – h5-index: 57
  10. Transboundary and Emerging Diseases – h5-index: 57
  11. Current Opinion in Virology – h5-index: 52
  12. Virus Research – h5-index: 51
  13. Journal of General Virology – h5-index: 50
  14. Virology – h5-index: 46
  15. Archives of Virology – h5-index: 45
  16. Expert Review of Vaccines – h5-index: 45
  17. Current Opinion in HIV and AIDS– h5-index: 44
  18. Annual Review of Virology – h5-index: 42
  19. Virology Journal – h5-index: 42
  20. Journal of Viral Hepatitis – h5-index: 42

Top 20 Virology Journals Ranked by SCImago (2021)

  1. The Lancet Microbe – Journal Ranking: 13.313
  2. Cell Host and Microbe – Journal Ranking: 9.373
  3. The Lancet HIV – Journal Ranking: 5.296
  4. Annual Review of Virology – Journal Ranking: 4.839
  5. Eurosurveillance – Journal Ranking: 4.417
  6. Trends in Microbiology – Journal Ranking: 3.549
  7. Journal of Clinical Virology – Journal Ranking: 3.355
  8. Emerging Microbes and Infections – Journal Ranking: 3.322
  9. mBio – Journal Ranking: 2.767
  10. Journal of Medical Virology – Journal Ranking: 2.656
  11. PLoS Pathogens – Journal Ranking: 2.596
  12. Current Protocols in Microbiology – Journal Ranking: 2.434
  13. Reviews in Medical Virology – Journal Ranking: 2.371
  14. Virus Evolution – Journal Ranking: 2.256
  15. Antiviral Research – Journal Ranking: 2.213
  16. Current HIV/AIDS Reports – Journal Ranking: 2.103
  17. Current Opinion in Virology – Journal Ranking: 2.098
  18. Journal of Virology – Journal Ranking: 2.049
  19. Journal of Virus Eradication – Journal Ranking: 1.799
  20. Epidemics – Journal Ranking: 1.787

Top 50 Virology Journals Ranked by Impact Factor (2022)

  • Lancet Infectious Diseases – Impact Factor: 25.071
  • Cell Host and Microbe – Impact Factor: 21.023
  • Lancet HIV – Impact Factor: 12.767
  • Advances in Virus Research – Impact Factor: 11.593
  • Annual Review of Virology – Impact Factor: 10.431
  • Clinical Infectious Diseases – Impact Factor: 9.079
  • Journal of Travel Medicine – Impact Factor: 8.490
  • Clinical Microbiology and Infection – Impact Factor: 8.067
  • Virus Evolution – Impact Factor: 7.989
  • Emerging Microbes and Infections – Impact Factor: 7.163
  • Current Opinion in Virology – Impact Factor: 7.090
  • Reviews in Medical Virology – Impact Factor: 6.989
  • Emerging Infectious Diseases – Impact Factor: 6.883
  • PLoS Pathogens – Impact Factor: 6.823
  • Eurosurveillance – Impact Factor: 6.307
  • Travel Medicine and Infectious Disease – Impact Factor: 6.211
  • Journal of Infection – Impact Factor: 6.072
  • Infectious Disease Clinics of North America – Impact Factor: 5.982
  • Antiviral Research – Impact Factor: 5.970
  • Virulence – Impact Factor: 5.882
  • Infectious Diseases and Therapy – Impact Factor: 5.322
  • Journal of Virology – Impact Factor: 5.103
  • Viruses (Basel) – Impact Factor: 5.048
  • Retrovirology– Impact Factor: 4.602
  • Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses – Impact Factor: 4.380
  • Virologica Sinica – Impact Factor: 4.327
  • AIDS – Impact Factor: 4.177
  • Virology Journal – Impact Factor: 4.099
  • Journal of General Virology – Impact Factor: 3.891
  • Journal of Viral Hepatitis– Impact Factor: 3.728
  • Journal of Virus Eradication – Impact Factor: 3.696
  • Virology – Impact Factor: 3.616
  • International Journal of Medical Microbiology – Impact Factor: 3.473
  • Virus Research – Impact Factor: 3.303
  • Journal of Clinical Virology – Impact Factor: 3.168
  • Food and Environmental Virology – Impact Factor: 2.778
  • Southern African Journal of HIV Medicine – Impact Factor: 2.744
  • Journal of Neurovirology – Impact Factor: 2.643
  • Archives of Virology – Impact Factor: 2.574
  • Antiviral Therapy – Impact Factor: 2.400
  • Virus Genes – Impact Factor: 2.332
  • Journal of Medical Virology – Impact Factor: 2.327
  • Viral Immunology – Impact Factor: 2.257
  • AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses – Impact Factor: 2.205
  • Journal of Virological Methods – Impact Factor: 2.014
  • Future Virology – Impact Factor: 1.831
  • Intervirology – Impact Factor: 1.763
  • Current HIV Research – Impact Factor: 1.581
  • Acta Virologica – Impact Factor: 1.162
  • Virologie – Impact Factor: 0.474

Interested in learning about the rankings of journals from other fields? Consider checking out our other journal rankings.

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