Which oncology journals have the highest impact factors?


By Michael Woodhead

21 Jul 2020

Oncology journals have some of the highest impact factors of all medical journals, according to the latest figures released in the Journal Citation Reports.

CA – A Cancer Journal for Physicians tops the list of all medical journals in terms of numbers of citations of articles by other peer-reviewed journals, with an impact factor of 292.278, according to the figures released by Clarivate.

Two other cancer journals are in the top 10 of all medical journal impact factor rankings, with Nature Reviews Clinical Oncology (53.276) and Nature Reviews Cancer (53.03) being in th same league as the leading general medical journals such as JAMA (45.540) and  The Lancet (60.392).

By way of comparison, the  Medical Journal of Australia had an impact factor of 6.112, and regional cancer journals such as the Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology had an impact factor of 2.012.

The top 10 rankings for oncology journals are:

  • CA – A Cancer Journal for Physicians 292.278
  • Nature Reviews Clinical Oncology 53.276
  • Nature Reviews Cancer 53.03
  • Lancet Oncology 33.752
  • Journal of Clinical Oncology 32.956
  • Cancer Discovery 29.497
  • Cancer Cell 26.602
  • JAMA Oncology 24.799
  • Annals of Oncology 18.274
  • Journal of the National Cancer Institute 11.577

According to Clarivate, the annual JCR impact factor is a ratio between citations and recent citable items published. Thus, the impact factor of a journal is calculated by dividing the number of current year citations to the source items published in that journal during the previous two years.

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