This blog post of PhDTalks aims to discuss all the various indicators to determine the quality of a research journal.
It is always suggested to publish in quality research journals. We will be discussing, what does the quality of a journal mean?
We will provide you with a few ways to determine the quality of research journals. It will help you in selecting reputed research journals for your research. Moreover, We will also be listing the top 50 research journals based on impact factors.
There are various journal ranking metrics used to evaluate the quality of research journals like Impact Factor, Scopus SJR, and Journal Quartile. The quality of research journals can also be determined by the journals’ publishers. The publishers publish research journals. The reputed/ top publishers publish quality journals.
In the next section, we are listing the various well-known research journal quality indicators. Further, the top journal publishers are listed. The top publishers will also help to determine the quality of research journals.
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Research journal quality indicators
There are various ranking metrics used to measure the quality of a journal including impact factor, SNIP, SJR, and journal quartile.
The impact factor is used to measure the quality of a journal. The more the impact factor of a journal, the better the quality of the journal.
The Journal Impact Factor is defined as citations to the journal in the JCR year to items published in the previous two years, divided by the total number of publications in the journal in the previous two years.
Researchers can visit journalsearches.com to find the latest journal impact factor 2022 of any journal.
The Source-Normalized Impact per Paper measures contextual citation impact by weighting citations based on the total number of citations in a given subject field.
Again, researchers can visit journalsearches.com to find SNIP, SJR, and quartile of any journal.
A journal’s SJR indicator is a numeric value representing the average number of weighted citations received during a selected year per document published in that journal during the previous three years, as indexed by Scopus.
Higher SJR indicator values are meant to indicate greater journal prestige.
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.
Researchers can visit https://journalsearches.com to find impact factors, SNIP, SJR, and Journal Quartile of research journals.
Top journal publishers
The top journal publishers are also good indicators of reputed journals. Earlier, we published a blog post on the top academic publishers in the world.
All the papers published by these top publishers are of high quality.
• Cambridge University Press
• Karger Medical and Scientific Publishers
• Nature Publishing Group (NPG)
• The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
• BioMed Central (BMC)
• Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins (LWW)
• American Association for the Advancement of Science
• BMJ Publishing Group
• World Scientific
• Wiley Blackwell
• American Psychological Association (APA)
• Taylor & Francis
• Primary Care Respiratory Society UK (PCRJ)
Top 50 journals based on Impact factor 2022
|1||CA-A CANCER JOURNAL FOR CLINICIANS||1542-4863||ONCOLOGY|
|2||LANCET||1474-547X||MEDICINE, GENERAL & INTERNAL|
|3||NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE||1533-4406||MEDICINE, GENERAL & INTERNAL|
|4||JAMA-JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION||1538-3598||MEDICINE, GENERAL & INTERNAL|
|5||NATURE REVIEWS MOLECULAR CELL BIOLOGY||1471-0080||CELL BIOLOGY|
|6||NATURE REVIEWS DRUG DISCOVERY||1474-1784||PHARMACOLOGY & PHARMACY|
BIOTECHNOLOGY & APPLIED MICROBIOLOGY
|7||NATURE REVIEWS IMMUNOLOGY||1474-1741||IMMUNOLOGY|
|8||Lancet Respiratory Medicine||N/A||RESPIRATORY SYSTEM; CRITICAL CARE MEDICINE|
|9||BMJ-British Medical Journal||1756-1833||MEDICINE, GENERAL & INTERNAL|
|10||NATURE MEDICINE||1546-170X||MEDICINE, RESEARCH & EXPERIMENTAL; CELL BIOLOGY; BIOCHEMISTRY & MOLECULAR BIOLOGY|
|11||Lancet Microbe||2666-5247||INFECTIOUS DISEASES; MICROBIOLOGY|
|12||World Psychiatry||2051-5545||PSYCHIATRY; PSYCHIATRY|
|13||NATURE REVIEWS MICROBIOLOGY||1740-1534||MICROBIOLOGY|
|14||Lancet Psychiatry||N/A||PSYCHIATRY; PSYCHIATRY|
|15||Nature Reviews Materials||2058-8437||NANOSCIENCE & NANOTECHNOLOGY; MATERIALS SCIENCE, MULTIDISCIPLINARY|
|16||Nature Reviews Gastroenterology & Hepatology||1759-5053||GASTROENTEROLOGY & HEPATOLOGY|
|17||Lancet Public Health||2468-2667||PUBLIC, ENVIRONMENTAL & OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH; PUBLIC, ENVIRONMENTAL & OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH|
|18||CHEMICAL REVIEWS||1520-6890||CHEMISTRY, MULTIDISCIPLINARY|
|19||LANCET INFECTIOUS DISEASES||1474-4457||INFECTIOUS DISEASES|
|20||NATURE REVIEWS CANCER||1474-1768||ONCOLOGY|
|22||NATURE BIOTECHNOLOGY||1546-1696||BIOTECHNOLOGY & APPLIED MICROBIOLOGY|
|23||Nature Energy||2058-7546||MATERIALS SCIENCE, MULTIDISCIPLINARY; ENERGY & FUELS|
|24||CELL||1097-4172||CELL BIOLOGY; BIOCHEMISTRY & MOLECULAR BIOLOGY|
|25||Nature Reviews Disease Primers||2056-676X||MEDICINE, GENERAL & INTERNAL|
|26||Nature Reviews Clinical Oncology||1759-4782||ONCOLOGY|
|28||CHEMICAL SOCIETY REVIEWS||1460-4744||CHEMISTRY, MULTIDISCIPLINARY|
|29||LANCET NEUROLOGY||1474-4465||CLINICAL NEUROLOGY|
|30||NATURE REVIEWS GENETICS||1471-0064||GENETICS & HEREDITY|
|31||Psychological Science in the Public Interest||1539-6053||PSYCHOLOGY, MULTIDISCIPLINARY|
|33||ANNALS OF ONCOLOGY||1569-8041||ONCOLOGY|
|34||ANNALS OF INTERNAL MEDICINE||1539-3704||MEDICINE, GENERAL & INTERNAL|
|35||JOURNAL OF CLINICAL ONCOLOGY||1527-7755||ONCOLOGY|
|36||REVIEWS OF MODERN PHYSICS||1539-0756||PHYSICS, MULTIDISCIPLINARY|
|37||CLINICAL MICROBIOLOGY REVIEWS||1098-6618||MICROBIOLOGY|
|38||Nature Reviews Cardiology||1759-5010||CARDIAC & CARDIOVASCULAR SYSTEMS|
|39||PROGRESS IN MATERIALS SCIENCE||1873-2208||MATERIALS SCIENCE, MULTIDISCIPLINARY|
|40||NATURE METHODS||1548-7105||BIOCHEMICAL RESEARCH METHODS|
|41||NATURE MATERIALS||1476-4660||CHEMISTRY, PHYSICAL; PHYSICS, APPLIED; PHYSICS, CONDENSED MATTER; MATERIALS SCIENCE, MULTIDISCIPLINARY|
|42||Nature Reviews Endocrinology||1759-5037||ENDOCRINOLOGY & METABOLISM|
|44||CELL RESEARCH||1748-7838||CELL BIOLOGY|
|45||Joule||2542-4351||ENERGY & FUELS; CHEMISTRY, PHYSICAL; MATERIALS SCIENCE, MULTIDISCIPLINARY|
|46||Lancet Gastroenterology & Hepatology||2468-1253||GASTROENTEROLOGY & HEPATOLOGY|
|47||Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology||2213-8595||ENDOCRINOLOGY & METABOLISM|
|48||Nature Reviews Neurology||1759-4766||CLINICAL NEUROLOGY|
|49||JAMA Internal Medicine||2168-6114||MEDICINE, GENERAL & INTERNAL|