Journal quality indicators to determine the quality of a journal

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.

Impact Factor

The Clarivate has released the latest JCR 2022 including journals’ impact factors.

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.

Impact factor

SNIP

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.

SJR

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.

Journal Quartile

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
• Elsevier
• Springer
• Karger Medical and Scientific Publishers
• Nature Publishing Group (NPG)
• The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
• BioMed Central (BMC)
• Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins (LWW)
• Thieme
• American Association for the Advancement of Science
(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

S.No.Journal TitleISSNCategory
1CA-A CANCER JOURNAL FOR CLINICIANS1542-4863ONCOLOGY
2LANCET1474-547XMEDICINE, GENERAL & INTERNAL
3NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE1533-4406MEDICINE, GENERAL & INTERNAL
4JAMA-JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION1538-3598MEDICINE, GENERAL & INTERNAL
5NATURE REVIEWS MOLECULAR CELL BIOLOGY1471-0080CELL BIOLOGY
6NATURE REVIEWS DRUG DISCOVERY1474-1784PHARMACOLOGY & PHARMACY
BIOTECHNOLOGY & APPLIED MICROBIOLOGY
7NATURE REVIEWS IMMUNOLOGY1474-1741IMMUNOLOGY
8Lancet Respiratory MedicineN/ARESPIRATORY SYSTEM; CRITICAL CARE MEDICINE
9BMJ-British Medical Journal1756-1833MEDICINE, GENERAL & INTERNAL
10NATURE MEDICINE1546-170XMEDICINE, RESEARCH & EXPERIMENTAL; CELL BIOLOGY; BIOCHEMISTRY & MOLECULAR BIOLOGY
11Lancet Microbe2666-5247INFECTIOUS DISEASES; MICROBIOLOGY
12World Psychiatry2051-5545PSYCHIATRY; PSYCHIATRY
13NATURE REVIEWS MICROBIOLOGY1740-1534MICROBIOLOGY
14Lancet PsychiatryN/APSYCHIATRY; PSYCHIATRY
15Nature Reviews Materials2058-8437NANOSCIENCE & NANOTECHNOLOGY; MATERIALS SCIENCE, MULTIDISCIPLINARY
16Nature Reviews Gastroenterology & Hepatology1759-5053GASTROENTEROLOGY & HEPATOLOGY
17Lancet Public Health2468-2667PUBLIC, ENVIRONMENTAL & OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH; PUBLIC, ENVIRONMENTAL & OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH
18CHEMICAL REVIEWS1520-6890CHEMISTRY, MULTIDISCIPLINARY
19LANCET INFECTIOUS DISEASES1474-4457INFECTIOUS DISEASES
20NATURE REVIEWS CANCER1474-1768ONCOLOGY
21NATURE1476-4687MULTIDISCIPLINARY SCIENCES
22NATURE BIOTECHNOLOGY1546-1696BIOTECHNOLOGY & APPLIED MICROBIOLOGY
23Nature Energy2058-7546MATERIALS SCIENCE, MULTIDISCIPLINARY; ENERGY & FUELS
24CELL1097-4172CELL BIOLOGY; BIOCHEMISTRY & MOLECULAR BIOLOGY
25Nature Reviews Disease Primers2056-676XMEDICINE, GENERAL & INTERNAL
26Nature Reviews Clinical Oncology1759-4782ONCOLOGY
27SCIENCE1095-9203MULTIDISCIPLINARY SCIENCES
28CHEMICAL SOCIETY REVIEWS1460-4744CHEMISTRY, MULTIDISCIPLINARY
29LANCET NEUROLOGY1474-4465CLINICAL NEUROLOGY
30NATURE REVIEWS GENETICS1471-0064GENETICS & HEREDITY
31Psychological Science in the Public Interest1539-6053PSYCHOLOGY, MULTIDISCIPLINARY
32LANCET ONCOLOGY1474-5488ONCOLOGY
33ANNALS OF ONCOLOGY1569-8041ONCOLOGY
34ANNALS OF INTERNAL MEDICINE1539-3704MEDICINE, GENERAL & INTERNAL
35JOURNAL OF CLINICAL ONCOLOGY1527-7755ONCOLOGY
36REVIEWS OF MODERN PHYSICS1539-0756PHYSICS, MULTIDISCIPLINARY
37CLINICAL MICROBIOLOGY REVIEWS1098-6618MICROBIOLOGY
38Nature Reviews Cardiology1759-5010CARDIAC & CARDIOVASCULAR SYSTEMS
39PROGRESS IN MATERIALS SCIENCE1873-2208MATERIALS SCIENCE, MULTIDISCIPLINARY
40NATURE METHODS1548-7105BIOCHEMICAL RESEARCH METHODS
41NATURE MATERIALS1476-4660CHEMISTRY, PHYSICAL; PHYSICS, APPLIED; PHYSICS, CONDENSED MATTER; MATERIALS SCIENCE, MULTIDISCIPLINARY
42Nature Reviews Endocrinology1759-5037ENDOCRINOLOGY & METABOLISM
43PHYSIOLOGICAL REVIEWS1522-1210PHYSIOLOGY
44CELL RESEARCH1748-7838CELL BIOLOGY
45Joule2542-4351ENERGY & FUELS; CHEMISTRY, PHYSICAL; MATERIALS SCIENCE, MULTIDISCIPLINARY
46Lancet Gastroenterology & Hepatology2468-1253GASTROENTEROLOGY & HEPATOLOGY
47Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology2213-8595ENDOCRINOLOGY & METABOLISM
48Nature Reviews Neurology1759-4766CLINICAL NEUROLOGY
49JAMA Internal Medicine2168-6114MEDICINE, GENERAL & INTERNAL
50IMMUNITY1097-4180IMMUNOLOGY
Top 50 journals

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