Top 200 Highest Impact Factor Journals [2022]

Whether you are trying to decide where to publish your research findings, searching for a publication to share at an upcoming journal club, or simply interested in exploring the latest research in your field, you are likely to find this article helpful. We have compiled a list of the 200 highest impact factor academic journals in the world.

In general, these journals are well-known within their respective fields and are regarded to publish highly impactful research, review articles, and other pieces that set a quality standard for other journals. However, while impact factor is one metric for assessing the prestige and comparative quality of a journal, it is not the only means by which an academic journal should be evaluated.

The quality of a journal should be assessed holistically, taking a variety of factors into consideration beyond impact factor. In addition to reviewing these rankings we encourage you to visit the website of each journal, where you can learn more about its purpose, scope, editorial board and practices, publication policies, open access status, and other details that may better inform your search.

Impact factor is not an infallible ranking metric. Artifacts and gross manipulations that can result in misleadingly high impact factors for some journals. For example, journals that exclusively publish review articles (which are often cited with greater frequency) can have higher impact factors than their non-review-based counterparts. Check out our article on the history, definition, and implications of impact factor for more information on the metric and how it should be interpreted.

Data on the impact factor of each journal represents the two-year impact factor for 2020-2021 as identified by the Journal Citation Reports (JCI). Our list represents the 200 journals identified by JCI to have the highest impact factor in the world.

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Top 200 Highest Impact Factor Journals (2022):

  1. CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians – Impact Factor: 508.702
  2. Nature Reviews Molecular Cell Biology – Impact Factor: 94.444
  3. New England Journal of Medicine – Impact Factor: 91.253
  4. Nature Reviews Drug Discovery – Impact Factor: 84.694
  5. Lancet – Impact Factor: 79.323
  6. Nature Reviews Clinical Oncology – Impact Factor: 66.675
  7. Nature Reviews Materials – Impact Factor: 66.308
  8. Nature Energy – Impact Factor: 60.858
  9. Nature Reviews Cancer – Impact Factor: 60.716
  10. Nature Reviews Microbiology – Impact Factor: 60.633
  11. Chemical Reviews – Impact Factor: 60.622
  12. MMWR Surveillance Summaries – Impact Factor: 58.769
  13. JAMA: Journal of the American Medical Association – Impact Factor: 56.274
  14. MMWR Recommendations and Reports – Impact Factor: 55.857
  15. Nature Biotechnology – Impact Factor: 54.908
  16. Chemical Society Reviews – Impact Factor: 54.564
  17. Reviews of Modern Physics – Impact Factor: 54.494
  18. Nature Medicine – Impact Factor: 53.440
  19. Nature Reviews Genetics – Impact Factor: 53.242
  20. Nature Reviews Immunology – Impact Factor: 53.106
  21. Nature Reviews Disease Primers – Impact Factor: 52.329
  22. Nature – Impact Factor: 49.962
  23. World Psychiatry – Impact Factor: 49.548
  24. Science – Impact Factor: 47.728
  25. Nature Reviews Gastroenterology and Hepatology – Impact Factor: 46.802
  26. Journal of Clinical Oncology – Impact Factor: 44.544
  27. Lancet Neurology – Impact Factor: 44.182
  28. Nature Materials – Impact Factor: 43.841
  29. Nature Reviews Endocrinology – Impact Factor: 43.330
  30. Nature Reviews Neurology – Impact Factor: 42.937
  31. Nature Catalysis – Impact Factor: 41.813
  32. Cell – Impact Factor: 41.584
  33. Lancet Oncology – Impact Factor: 41.316
  34. Joule – Impact Factor: 41.248
  35. Living Reviews in Relativity – Impact Factor: 40.429
  36. BMR: British Medical Journal – Impact Factor: 39.890
  37. Progress in Materials Science – Impact Factor: 39.580
  38. Cancer Discovery – Impact Factor: 39.397
  39. Nature Nanotechnology – Impact Factor: 39.213
  40. Nature Photonics – Impact Factor: 38.771
  41. Energy and Environmental Science – Impact Factor: 38.532
  42. Nature Genetics – Impact Factor: 38.330
  43. Psychological Science in the Public Interest – Impact Factor: 37.857
  44. Physiological Reviews – Impact Factor: 37.312
  45. Materials Science and Engineering R: Reports – Impact Factor: 36.214
  46. Nature Reviews Neuroscience – Impact Factor: 34.870
  47. Nature Reviews Chemistry – Impact Factor: 34.035
  48. Nature Electronics – Impact Factor: 33.686
  49. Annals of Oncology – Impact Factor: 32.976
  50. Nature Reviews Cardiology – Impact Factor: 32.430
  51. Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology – Impact Factor: 32.069
  52. JAMA Oncology – Impact Factor: 31.777
  53. Immunity – Impact Factor: 31.745
  54. Cancer Cell – Impact Factor: 31.743
  55. Nature Reviews Physics – Impact Factor: 31.068
  56. Materials Today – Impact Factor: 31.041
  57. Advanced Materials – Impact Factor: 30.849
  58. Lancet Respiratory Medicine – Impact Factor: 30.700
  59. Annual Review of Astronomy and Astrophysics – Impact Factor: 30.065
  60. European Heart Journal – Impact Factor: 29.983
  61. Circulation – Impact Factor: 29.690
  62. Progress in Energy and Combustion Science – Impact Factor: 29.394
  63. Advanced Energy Materials – Impact Factor: 29.368
  64. Progress in Polymer Science – Impact Factor: 29.190
  65. Electrochemical Energy Reviews – Impact Factor: 28.905
  66. Nature Cell Biology – Impact Factor: 28.824
  67. Nature Methods – Impact Factor: 28.547
  68. Annual Review of Immunology – Impact Factor: 28.527
  69. Nature Reviews Nephrology – Impact Factor: 28.314
  70. Molecular Cancer – Impact Factor: 27.401
  71. Cell Metabolism – Impact Factor: 27.287
  72. Lancet Global Health – Impact Factor: 26.763
  73. Lancet Psychiatry – Impact Factor: 26.481
  74. Annual Review of Plant Biology – Impact Factor: 26.379
  75. Clinical Microbiology Reviews – Impact Factor: 26.132
  76. Journal of Extracellular Vesicles – Impact Factor: 25.841
  77. Nature Biomedical Engineering – Impact Factor: 25.671
  78. Cell Research – Impact Factor: 25.617
  79. Nature Immunology – Impact Factor: 25.606
  80. Physics Reports-review Section of Physics Letters – Impact Factor: 25.600
  81. Pharmacological Reviews – Impact Factor: 25.468
  82. Infomat – Impact Factor: 25.405
  83. Annals of Internal Medicine – Impact Factor: 25.391
  84. Advances in Physics – Impact Factor: 25.375
  85. Astronomy and Astrophysics Review – Impact Factor: 25.357
  86. Nature Climate Change – Impact Factor: 25.290
  87. Ieee Communications Surveys and Tutorials – Impact Factor: 25.249
  88. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews-computational Molecular Science – Impact Factor: 25.113
  89. Journal of Hepatology – Impact Factor: 25.083
  90. Lancet Infectious Diseases – Impact Factor: 25.071
  91. Nature Neuroscience – Impact Factor: 24.884
  92. Cell Stem Cell – Impact Factor: 24.633
  93. Lancet Digital Health – Impact Factor: 24.519
  94. Nature Chemistry – Impact Factor: 24.427
  95. Annual Review of Psychology – Impact Factor: 24.137
  96. Journal of the American College of Cardiology – Impact Factor: 24.093
  97. Trends in Chemistry – Impact Factor: 24.081
  98. Science Robotics – Impact Factor: 23.956
  99. Annual Review of Biochemistry – Impact Factor: 23.643
  100. Blood – Impact Factor: 23.629
  101. Annual Review of Pathology: Mechanisms of Disease – Impact Factor: 23.472
  102. Acs Energy Letters – Impact Factor: 23.101
  103. Gut – Impact Factor: 23.059
  104. Chem – Impact Factor: 22.804
  105. Gastroenterology – Impact Factor: 22.682
  106. Accounts of Chemical Research – Impact Factor: 22.384
  107. Coordination Chemistry Reviews – Impact Factor: 22.315
  108. Reviews of Geophysics – Impact Factor: 22.000
  109. Annual Review of Public Health – Impact Factor: 21.981
  110. JAMA Internal Medicine – Impact Factor: 21.873
  111. Lancet Public Health – Impact Factor: 21.648
  112. JAMA Psychiatry – Impact Factor: 21.596
  113. Alzheimers and Dementia – Impact Factor: 21.566
  114. American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine – Impact Factor: 21.405
  115. Progress in Retinal and Eye Research – Impact Factor: 21.198
  116. Cell Host and Microbe – Impact Factor: 21.023
  117. Trends in Cell Biology – Impact Factor: 20.808
  118. Nano Today – Impact Factor: 20.722
  119. International Review of Sport and Exercise Psychology – Impact Factor: 20.652
  120. Nature Reviews Rheumatology – Impact Factor: 20.543
  121. Fungal Diversity – Impact Factor: 20.372
  122. Trends in Cognitive Sciences – Impact Factor: 20.229
  123. Catalysis Reviews: Science and Engineering – Impact Factor: 20.217
  124. Advances in Optics and Photonics – Impact Factor: 20.107
  125. European Urology – Impact Factor: 20.096
  126. Nature Physics – Impact Factor: 20.034
  127. Endocrine Reviews – Impact Factor: 19.871
  128. Annual Review of Entomology – Impact Factor: 19.686
  129. International Materials Reviews – Impact Factor: 19.559
  130. Trends in Biotechnology – Impact Factor: 19.536
  131. Applied Catalysis B: Environmental – Impact Factor: 19.503
  132. Nature Sustainability – Impact Factor: 19.346
  133. Annual Review of Physiology – Impact Factor: 19.318
  134. Lancet Planetary Health – Impact Factor: 19.173
  135. Applied Physics Reviews – Impact Factor: 19.162
  136. Diabetes Care – Impact Factor: 19.112
  137. Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases – Impact Factor: 19.103
  138. Lancet Haematology – Impact Factor: 18.959
  139. Advanced Functional Materials – Impact Factor: 18.808
  140. Annual Review of Clinical Psychology – Impact Factor: 18.561
  141. Annual Review of Fluid Mechanics – Impact Factor: 18.511
  142. Drug Resistance Updates – Impact Factor: 18.500
  143. Lancet Gastroenterology and Hepatology – Impact Factor: 18.486
  144. Personality and Social Psychology Review – Impact Factor: 18.464
  145. Annual Review of Organizational Psychology and Organizational Behavior – Impact Factor: 18.333
  146. Trends in Plant Science – Impact Factor: 18.313
  147. JAMA Neurology – Impact Factor: 18.302
  148. Signal Transduction and Targeted Therapy – Impact Factor: 18.187
  149. American Journal of Psychiatry – Impact Factor: 18.112
  150. Science Translational Medicine – Impact Factor: 17.992
  151. Molecular Cell – Impact Factor: 17.970
  152. Nano Energy – Impact Factor: 17.881
  153. Energy Storage Materials – Impact Factor: 17.789
  154. Light: Science and Applications – Impact Factor: 17.782
  155. Nature Microbiology – Impact Factor: 17.745
  156. Psychological Bulletin – Impact Factor: 17.737
  157. Science Immunology – Impact Factor: 17.727
  158. Trends in Ecology and Evolution – Impact Factor: 17.712
  159. Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics – Impact Factor: 17.659
  160. MMWR: Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report – Impact Factor: 17.586
  161. Intensive Care Medicine – Impact Factor: 17.440
  162. Hepatology – Impact Factor: 17.425
  163. Living Reviews in Solar Physics – Impact Factor: 17.417
  164. Journal of Hematology and Oncology – Impact Factor: 17.388
  165. Circulation Research – Impact Factor: 17.367
  166. National Science Review – Impact Factor: 17.275
  167. Reports on Progress in Physics – Impact Factor: 17.264
  168. Neuron – Impact Factor: 17.173
  169. Basic Research in Cardiology – Impact Factor: 17.165
  170. Acta Neuropathologica – Impact Factor: 17.088
  171. Trends in Microbiology – Impact Factor: 17.079
  172. Nucleic Acids Research – Impact Factor: 16.971
  173. Nature Geoscience – Impact Factor: 16.908
  174. Annual Review of Genetics – Impact Factor: 16.830
  175. Advanced Science – Impact Factor: 16.806
  176. Trends in Immunology – Impact Factor: 16.687
  177. European Respiratory Journal – Impact Factor: 16.671
  178. Academy of Management Annals – Impact Factor: 16.438
  179. Nano: Micro Letters – Impact Factor: 16.419
  180. FEMS Microbiology Reviews – Impact Factor: 16.408
  181. IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence – Impact Factor: 16.389
  182. Annual Review of Materials Research – Impact Factor: 16.286
  183. Progress in Particle and Nuclear Physics – Impact Factor: 16.281
  184. Molecular Biology and Evolution – Impact Factor: 16.240
  185. JAMA Pediatrics – Impact Factor: 16.193
  186. Annual Review of Condensed Matter Physics – Impact Factor: 16.109
  187. Studies in Mycology – Impact Factor: 16.097
  188. Autophagy – Impact Factor: 16.016
  189. Molecular Psychiatry – Impact Factor: 15.992
  190. Acs Nano – Impact Factor: 15.881
  191. Cell Death and Differentiation – Impact Factor: 15.828
  192. Nature Plants – Impact Factor: 15.793
  193. Physical Review X – Impact Factor: 15.762
  194. Seminars in Cancer Biology – Impact Factor: 15.707
  195. Systematic Biology – Impact Factor: 15.683
  196. Human Reproduction Update – Impact Factor: 15.610
  197. Journal of Thoracic Oncology – Impact Factor: 15.609
  198. Matter – Impact Factor: 15.589
  199. Quarterly Journal of Economics – Impact Factor: 15.563
  200. European Journal of Heart Failure – Impact Factor: 15.534

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