Lancet Rheumatology tops rheum journal impact factor rankings

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The 2021 journal impact factors have been released, with covid-related research driving an increase in citations and impact factors across the board.

The 2021 journal impact factors have been released, with Lancet Rheumatology ranked first among 34 rheumatology journals with an impact factor of 35.482.

This represents a massive leap from last year, when the journal was ranked fourth with an impact factor of 8.136.

The number 2-ranked journal (and last year’s number 1), Nature Reviews Rheumatology, saw its impact factor climb from 20.543 to 32.286. Rounding out the top 3 was Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, with an impact factor of 27.973, up from 19.103 last year.

This year’s top ranked journal for general and internal medicine is The Lancet, with an impact factor of 202.731. The Lancet displaced the New England Journal of Medicine, which has been the top-ranked title in that category since the first release of the Journal Citation Reports (JCR) 45 years ago.

The huge number of published papers related to covid has contributed to an increase in journal impact factor across the board. The Lancet published three of the 10 articles with the highest citation count in 2021, and all three related to covid. Seven journals – including The Lancet and the NEJM – had an impact factor of more than 100 for the first time and all published a large amount of covid-related research.

Of the 25 most-cited Lancet Rheumatology papers published since 2019, 20 related to covid.

Top 20 Rheumatology Journals

Journal name2021 JIF
Lancet Rheumatology35.482
Nature Reviews Rheumatology32.286
Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases27.973
Arthritis & Rheumatology15.483
Osteoarthritis and Cartilage7.507
RMD Open5.806
Arthritis Research & Therapy5.606
Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism5.431
Journal of Rheumatology5.346
Joint Bone Spine5.263
Arthritis Care & Research5.178
Best Practice & Research in Clinical Rheumatology4.991
Current Opinion in Rheumatology4.941
Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology4.862
Lupus Science & Medicine4.687
Current Rheumatology Reports4.686
Rheumatology and Therapy4.081
JCR Journal of Clinical Rheumatology3.902
Clinical Rheumatology3.650


The complete list can be found here.

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