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Where to Publish: Recommended Journals

This is designed to assist in determining where to publish, avoid predatory journals, and understand journal rankings as well as impact factors.

The purpose of this page is to point you to journals where your research will be most discoverable.

Highly Ranked Journals by Medical Specialty

The following lists come from InCites Journal Citation Reports by Web of Science (also known as JCR and fomerly known as Journal Citation Reports). Below, you can search the top ten journals for each medical specialty listed by highest 2018 impact factor. This list only includes journals indexed (aka included) in the Web of Science database. Thus, these impact factors are based on Web of Science citation data and analysis. Other sources of impact factors (SCImago, CiteScore, and Eigenfactor) base their calculations on a different source of data and will therefore yield different impact factor scores. The original source of this data can be found by visiting InCites Journal Citation Reports by Web of Science. There you can also search for more journal ranking from other sub-specialties or other disciplines.

Please note that impact factors are not always the best indicator of a journal's quality. What constitutes a high score varies between disciplines (This is because writing patterns, citation norms, the pace of research, and the number of people in the field of interest will vary by discipline). While impact factors can give you a basic sense of a journal's usage, they are still strict calculations that do not take into consideration important nuances like the ones mentioned above. Finally, the scientific worth of an individual article has nothing to do with the impact factor of a journal.

There are also other sources of impact factors that have their own advantages and disadvantages. They include: EigenfactorSCImago Journal & Country Rank, and Scopus CiteScore Metrics.

Top Ten by Medical Specialty

Medical Education (according to JCR 2018)

(JCR only produces a "Scientific Disciplines Education" list. Regardless, most of the top-ranked on this list are medical in nature).

  1. Academic Medicine
  2. Medical Education
  3. Anatomical Sciences Education
  4. Studies in Science Education
  5. Journal of Engineering Education
  6. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior
  7. Advances in Health Sciences Education
  8. Medical Teacher
  9. Hematology-American Society of Hematology Education Program
  10. Nurse Education Today
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