Top Surgery Journals of 2021

Whether you are trying to identify the best journal for your research manuscript or simply interested in staying appraised of the latest literature, you have come to the right place. We have outlined rankings for journals within the surgical sciences based on impact factor, h5-index, and the scoring system of the research group SCImago.

Keep in mind that the rankings in this article encompass journals within the field of surgery in general. If you are looking to understand the rankings of journals dedicated to a particular sub-field of surgery, such as surgical oncology or transplant surgery, then this article may not be helpful to you.

In addition to reviewing these rankings, we encourage you to visit the website of each journal, where you can learn about its mission and scope, editorial board, metrics beyond impact factor, and other key details that may inform your search. The quality of a journal should be assessed holistically taking a variety of factors into consideration beyond simply impact factor or h5-index.

Google’s h5-index incorporates both the number of publications and the number of citations per paper. 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.”

The research group SCImago has also provided a rank to each journal based on its number of weighted citations in the given year divided by number of publications in the preceding three years. Their most recent data is for the year 2020. Data on the impact factor of each journal represents the two-year impact factor for 2019-2020.


Google Rankings (2021):

  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

SCImago Rankings (2020):

  1. Annals of Surgery – Journal Ranking: 4.153
  2. JAMA Surgery – Journal Ranking: 3.757
  3. Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation – Journal Ranking: 3.549
  4. Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry – Journal Ranking: 3.391
  5. European urology oncology – Journal Ranking: 3.107
  6. Journal of NeuroInterventional Surgery – Journal Ranking: 2.652
  7. Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (Series A) – Journal Ranking: 2.634
  8. American Journal of Surgical Pathology – Journal Ranking: 2.625
  9. Bone and Joint Journal – Journal Ranking: 2.587
  10. Journal of the American College of Surgeons – Journal Ranking: 2.305

Top 55 Surgery Journals Ranked by Impact Factor (2021):

  1. JAMA Surgery – Impact Factor: 13.625
  2. Annals of Surgery – Impact Factor: 10.13
  3. Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry – Impact Factor: 8.263
  4. Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation – Impact Factor: 7.865
  5. British Journal of Surgery – Impact Factor: 5.676
  6. European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery – Impact Factor: 5.328
  7. American Journal of Surgical Pathology – Impact Factor: 4.958
  8. Neurosurgery – Impact Factor: 4.853
  9. Journal of the American College of Surgeons – Impact Factor: 4.59
  10. Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (Series A) – Impact Factor: 4.578
  11. Liver Transplantation – Impact Factor: 4.57
  12. Journal of NeuroInterventional Surgery – Impact Factor: 4.46
  13. Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery – Impact Factor: 4.451
  14. Bone and Joint Journal – Impact Factor: 4.306
  15. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery – Impact Factor: 4.235
  16. Journal of Hepato-Biliary-Pancreatic Sciences – Impact Factor: 4.16
  17. World Journal of Emergency Surgery – Impact Factor: 4.1
  18. Annals of Surgical Oncology – Impact Factor: 4.061
  19. Journal of Neurosurgery – Impact Factor: 3.968
  20. European Journal of Surgical Oncology – Impact Factor: 3.959
  21. Surgical Endoscopy and Other Interventional Techniques – Impact Factor: 3.166
  22. JAMA Otolaryngology: Head and Neck Surgery – Impact Factor: 3.848
  23. Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases – Impact Factor: 3.812
  24. Aesthetic Surgery Journal – Impact Factor: 3.799
  25. Breast – Impact Factor: 3.754
  26. Neurosurgical Focus – Impact Factor: 3.642
  27. Bone and Joint Research – Impact Factor: 3.532
  28. Obesity Surgery – Impact Factor: 3.412
  29. Journal of Vascular Surgery – Impact Factor: 3.405
  30. HPB: The Official Journal of The International Hepato Pancreato Biliary Association – Impact Factor: 3.401
  31. Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery – Impact Factor: 3.381
  32. International Journal of Surgery – Impact Factor: 3.357
  33. Surgery – Impact Factor: 3.356
  34. Spine Journal – Impact Factor: 3.191
  35. Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy – Impact Factor: 3.166
  36. Surgical Endoscopy – Impact Factor: 3.149
  37. Journal of Endovascular Therapy – Impact Factor: 3.102
  38. Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine – Impact Factor: 3.011
  39. Acta Orthopaedica – Impact Factor: 2.965
  40. Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery – Impact Factor: 2.817
  41. Journal of Surgical Oncology – Impact Factor: 2.771
  42. Hernia: the journal of hernias and abdominal wall surgery – Impact Factor: 2.768
  43. Journal of Refractive Surgery – Impact Factor: 2.711
  44. Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery – Impact Factor: 2.689
  45. Global Spine Journal – Impact Factor: 2.683
  46. Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery – Impact Factor: 2.573
  47. European urology oncology – Impact Factor: 2.508
  48. European Spine Journal – Impact Factor: 2.458
  49. EFORT Open Reviews – Impact Factor: 2.295
  50. Foot and Ankle International – Impact Factor: 2.292
  51. The Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons – Impact Factor: 2.286
  52. World Journal of Surgery – Impact Factor: 2.234
  53. The American Journal of Surgery – Impact Factor: 2.125
  54. Journal of Hand Surgery – Impact Factor: 2.124
  55. Archives of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery – Impact Factor: 2.021

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