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40 Top Medical Journals by Medical Specialty

June 18, 2018

40 Top Medical Journals by Medical Specialty


Do doctors still read medical journals? A recent blog post by Milton Packer, MD, in MedPage Today suggested that very few physicians claim to keep up with any one journal, or to read an entire research article from start to finish.

At least not in the group of 200 young physicians he queried about their reading habits. And their lack of interest it didn’t seem to depend on whether the medical journals were in print form or digital.

Perhaps today’s physicians are more into medical apps, though many of them incorporate research from top medical journals, and new research is added all the time.

Despite the anecdotal evidence about readership, hundreds of medical journals continue to pump out original research, reviews and opinions, receive citations and get indexed in wide variety of medical databases. Their papers are presented at conferences, discussed by panels and even covered in the news. Many doctors swear by them, and will do their best to keep up with how the latest research can be applied in their medical specialty.

So which journals should physicians be reading? The following lists highlight some of best medical journals across specialties, based on impact factor, citations and other measurements of influence.1


40 Leading Journals Across Medical Specialties

5 Top Medical Journals - General/Multiple Specialties

These prestigious journals have been publishing clinical research and practice articles for decades—even centuries—and some now have “spin-off” journals on specific topics relating to medical specialties (some of which are included below).

New England Journal of Medicine (since 1812) – Published by Massachusetts Medical Society 

JAMA - Journal of the American Medical Association (since 1883) – American Medical Association 

The Lancet (since 1823) – Elsevier 

The BMJ - British Medical Journal (since 1840) – PBMJ 

Nature Medicine (since 1995) – Nature Publishing Group

5 Top Internal Medicine Journals

The Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology – Elsevier 

JAMA Internal Medicine – American Medical Association 

Annals of Internal Medicine – American College of Physicians 

Journal of Internal Medicine – Wiley-Blackwell, on behalf of the Assoc. for Publication of JIM 

Hypertension – American Heart Association

5 Top Family Practice Journals

Annals of Family Medicine – Annals of Family Medicine, Inc. 

BMC Family Practice – BioMed Central 

Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine – American Board of Family Medicine 

Family Practice – Oxford University Press 

Family Medicine – Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (Official Journal)

5 Top Pediatrics Journals

JAMA Pediatrics – American Medical Association 

Pediatrics – American Academy of Pediatrics (Official Journal) 

Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry – Wiley-Blackwell, Published on behalf of the Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health 

Journal of Adolescent Health – Elsevier, Official Journal of the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine 

The Journal of Pediatrics – Elsevier

5 Top OB/GYN Journals

Human Reproduction Update  – Oxford University Press 

Human Reproduction – Oxford University Press 

Obstetrics & Gynecology – Lippincott Williams & Wilkin; Official Journal of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists 

Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology – Wiley; Official Journal of the International Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology 

Gynecologic Oncology – Elsevier; Official Journal of the Society of Gynecologic Oncology

5 Top Gastroenterology Journals

Gut – BMJ Publishing Group 

Gastroenterology – Elsevier, Office Journal of the AGA Institute 

American Journal of Gastroenterology – Springer Nature, published on behalf of the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) 

Nature Reviews Gastroenterology and Hepatology – Nature Publishing Group 

Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology – W.B. Saunders

5 Top Oncology Journals

CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians – Wiley, for the American Cancer Society 

The Lancet Oncology – Elsevier 

Journal of Clinical Oncology – American Society of Clinical Oncology 

Journal of the National Cancer Institute – Oxford University Press 

Nature Reviews Clinical Oncology – Nature Publishing Group

5 Top Psychiatry Journals

JAMA Psychiatry – American Medical Association 

World Psychiatry – Wiley-Blackwell 

American Journal of Psychiatry - American Psychiatric Publishing, Inc. 

The Lancet Psychiatry – Elsevier 

Alzheimer’s & Dementia – Elsevier, Journal of the Alzheimer’s Association

1Source: SJR (Scimago Journal and Country Rank)

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