How to check & find the journal quartile? Easy way

In research, there are various journal metrics used to find the quality of a research journal like Impact factor, SJR, SNIP, CiteScore, and Journal Quartile.

In this blog post, We will talk about the journal quartile ranking. The journal quartile is used to measure the quality of a journal. This post aims to cover all the queries related to the quartile of a journal. We make sure that the post will help you identify, and find the Q1, Q2, Q3, and Q4 journals.

We will cover the following points:

  • What is quartile ranking?
  • How find/ check the quartile of a research journal?
  • How to find the Q1/Q2/Q3/Q4 journals?

Journal Quartile ranking

Each subject category of journals is divided into four quartiles: Q1, Q2, Q3, and Q4. 

Q1 is occupied by the top 25% of journals in the list; Q2 is occupied by journals in the 25 to 50% group; Q3 is occupied by journals in the 50 to 75% group and Q4 is occupied by journals in the 75 to 100% group.

How to find/ check the quartile ranking of a journal?

Please follow the below steps to check or find the quartile ranking of journals:

  1. Visit
  2. On the homepage, enter the journal-title into the search box and press the Search button.
  3. These steps will help you to check the journal quartile along with other details like journal impact factor, SJR Score, journal indexing, etc;

How to find Q1, Q2, Q3, and Q4 journals for publication?

Researchers have to follow the below steps to find Q1/ Q2/ Q3/ Q4 journals:

  1. Visit the official website of Scopus: This website will help you to find research journals according to your selection.
  2. On the left sidebar, you will see the various journal display options.
  3. The display options will allow you to choose Q1, Q2, Q3, and Q4 journals.
  4. You can also select a subject category.
  5. At the last, click on apply button.

List of Q1 journals 2022: All Subjects

Q2 Journals List: Download the pdf

Top 30 Q1 journals

S. NO.Journal TitleSubjectJournal Quartile
1Ca-A Cancer Journal for CliniciansOncologyQ1
2Nature Reviews Molecular Cell BiologyMolecular BiologyQ1
3The LancetGeneral MedicineQ1
4New England Journal of MedicineGeneral MedicineQ1
5Reviews of Modern PhysicsGeneral Physics and AstronomyQ1
6Chemical ReviewsGeneral ChemistryQ1
7Nature Reviews MaterialsMaterials ChemistryQ1
8Nature MedicineGeneral Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular BiologyQ1
9Living Reviews in RelativityOpen AccessPhysics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)Q1
10Nature EnergyEnergy Engineering and Power TechnologyQ1
11Nature Reviews CancerCancer ResearchQ1
12CellGeneral Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular BiologyQ1
13Chemical Society ReviewsGeneral ChemistryQ1
14Progress in Materials ScienceGeneral Materials ScienceQ1
15Nature Reviews ImmunologyImmunologyQ1
17Nature Reviews GeneticsGeneticsQ1
18IEEE Communications Surveys and TutorialsElectrical and Electronic EngineeringQ1
19Physiological ReviewsPhysiologyQ1
20Nature Reviews Drug DiscoveryPharmacologyQ1
21Nature Reviews Clinical OncologyOncologyQ1
22Nature BiotechnologyBiotechnologyQ1
23The Lancet Respiratory MedicinePulmonary and Respiratory MedicineQ1
24Progress in Energy and Combustion ScienceGeneral Chemical EngineeringQ1
26Nature NanotechnologyCondensed Matter PhysicsQ1
27Foundations and Trends in Machine LearningSoftwareQ1
28The Lancet OncologyOncologyQ1
29Nature GeneticsGeneticsQ1
30Nature PhotonicsAtomic and Molecular Physics, and OpticsQ1
Journal Quartile ranking

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