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.

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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 to find the latest journal impact factor 2022 of any journal.

Impact factor


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 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.

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 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)
• Thieme
• 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

RankJournal TitlePublisherJournal Scope
1Ca-A Cancer Journal for CliniciansWiley-BlackwellHematology (Q1); Oncology (Q1)
2Nature Reviews Molecular Cell BiologyNature Publishing GroupCell Biology (Q1); Molecular Biology (Q1)
3Quarterly Journal of EconomicsOxford University PressEconomics and Econometrics (Q1)
4CellCell PressBiochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology (miscellaneous) (Q1)
5MMWR Recommendations and ReportsCenters for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)Epidemiology (Q1); Health Information Management (Q1); Health (social science) (Q1); Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis (Q1); Medicine (miscellaneous) (Q1)
6New England Journal of MedicineMassachussetts Medical SocietyMedicine (miscellaneous) (Q1)
7Nature MedicineNature Publishing GroupBiochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology (miscellaneous) (Q1); Medicine (miscellaneous) (Q1)
8Nature Reviews MaterialsNature Publishing GroupBiomaterials (Q1); Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials (Q1); Energy (miscellaneous) (Q1); Materials Chemistry (Q1); Surfaces, Coatings and Films (Q1)
9Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Computer VisionInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition; Software
10Nature Reviews GeneticsNature Publishing GroupGenetics (Q1); Genetics (clinical) (Q1); Molecular Biology (Q1)
11National Vital Statistics ReportsPublic Health Services, US Dept of Health and Human ServicesLife-span and Life-course Studies (Q1)
12Reviews of Modern PhysicsAmerican Physical SocietyPhysics and Astronomy (miscellaneous) (Q1)
13American Economic ReviewAmerican Economic AssociationEconomics and Econometrics (Q1)
14Nature BiotechnologyNature Publishing GroupApplied Microbiology and Biotechnology (Q1); Bioengineering (Q1); Biomedical Engineering (Q1); Biotechnology (Q1); Molecular Medicine (Q1)
15Chemical ReviewsAmerican Chemical SocietyChemistry (miscellaneous) (Q1)
16Journal of Political EconomyUniversity of ChicagoEconomics and Econometrics (Q1)
17NatureNature Publishing GroupMultidisciplinary (Q1)
18Annual Review of ImmunologyAnnual Reviews Inc.Immunology (Q1); Immunology and Allergy (Q1)
19Administrative Science QuarterlyJohnson School at Cornell UniversityArts and Humanities (miscellaneous) (Q1); Public Administration (Q1); Sociology and Political Science (Q1)
20Nature Reviews ImmunologyNature Publishing GroupImmunology (Q1); Immunology and Allergy (Q1); Medicine (miscellaneous) (Q1)
21Nature Reviews CancerNature Publishing GroupCancer Research (Q1); Oncology (Q1)
22Nature EnergySpringer NatureElectronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials (Q1); Energy Engineering and Power Technology (Q1); Fuel Technology (Q1); Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment (Q1)
23Nature GeneticsNature Publishing GroupGenetics (Q1)
24Morbidity and Mortality Weekly ReportDepartment of Health and Human ServicesEpidemiology (Q1); Health Information Management (Q1); Health (social science) (Q1); Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis (Q1); Medicine (miscellaneous) (Q1)
25Journal of FinanceWiley-Blackwell Publishing LtdAccounting (Q1); Economics and Econometrics (Q1); Finance (Q1)
26Lancet, TheElsevier Ltd.Medicine (miscellaneous) (Q1)
27Review of Economic StudiesOxford University PressEconomics and Econometrics (Q1)
28Academy of Management AnnalsAcademy of ManagementBusiness and International Management (Q1); Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management (Q1)
29ScienceAmerican Association for the Advancement of ScienceHistory and Philosophy of Science (Q1); Multidisciplinary (Q1)
30Chemical Society ReviewsRoyal Society of ChemistryChemistry (miscellaneous) (Q1)
31ImmunityCell PressImmunology (Q1); Immunology and Allergy (Q1); Infectious Diseases (Q1)
32Proceedings of the IEEE Computer Society Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern RecognitionIEEE Computer SocietyComputer Vision and Pattern Recognition; Software
33IEEE Communications Surveys and TutorialsInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.Electrical and Electronic Engineering (Q1)
34Lancet Microbe, TheElsevier Ltd.Infectious Diseases (Q1); Microbiology (Q1); Microbiology (medical) (Q1); Virology (Q1)
35Foundations and Trends in Machine LearningNow Publishers IncArtificial Intelligence (Q1); Human-Computer Interaction (Q1); Software (Q1)
36EconometricaWiley-Blackwell Publishing LtdEconomics and Econometrics (Q1)
37Annual Review of BiochemistryAnnual Reviews Inc.Biochemistry (Q1)
38Physiological ReviewsAmerican Physiological SocietyMedicine (miscellaneous) (Q1); Molecular Biology (Q1); Physiology (Q1); Physiology (medical) (Q1)
39World PsychiatryWiley-BlackwellPsychiatry and Mental Health (Q1)
40Nature CatalysisNature Publishing GroupBiochemistry (Q1); Bioengineering (Q1); Catalysis (Q1); Process Chemistry and Technology (Q1)
41Annual Review of Astronomy and AstrophysicsAnnual Reviews Inc.Astronomy and Astrophysics (Q1); Space and Planetary Science (Q1)
42Living Reviews in RelativitySpringer International Publishing AGPhysics and Astronomy (miscellaneous) (Q1)
43Nature MaterialsNature Publishing GroupChemistry (miscellaneous) (Q1); Condensed Matter Physics (Q1); Materials Science (miscellaneous) (Q1); Mechanical Engineering (Q1); Mechanics of Materials (Q1)
44Nature MethodsNature Publishing GroupBiochemistry (Q1); Biotechnology (Q1); Cell Biology (Q1); Molecular Biology (Q1)
45Nature NeuroscienceNature Publishing GroupNeuroscience (miscellaneous) (Q1)
46Science immunologyAmerican Association for the Advancement of ScienceImmunology (Q1); Immunology and Allergy (Q1)
47Nature Reviews ChemistryNature Publishing GroupChemical Engineering (miscellaneous) (Q1); Chemistry (miscellaneous) (Q1)
48Nature Reviews Clinical OncologyNature Publishing GroupOncology (Q1)
49Lancet Oncology, TheLancet Publishing GroupOncology (Q1)
50Nature NanotechnologyNature Publishing GroupAtomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics (Q1); Bioengineering (Q1); Biomedical Engineering (Q1); Condensed Matter Physics (Q1); Electrical and Electronic Engineering (Q1); Materials Science (miscellaneous) (Q1); Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (Q1)
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