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The journal impact factors below are derived from Thomson Reuters 2011 Journal Citation Reports. For more comprehensive author information, click journal titles.

Journal TitleImpact Factor
New England Journal of Medicine53.298
Lancet39.060
Nature38.597
Science31.027
JAMA: Journal of the American Medical Association29.978
The Lancet Infectious Diseases 19.966
Journal of Clinical Oncology18.038
BMJ: British Medical Journal16.3
Psychological Bulletin15.575
PLoS Medicine15.253
Behavioral and Brain Sciences14.962
American Journal of Psychiatry14.721
Annals of Internal Medicine13.976
Archives of General Psychiatry13.772
American Journal of Human Genetics11.202
Psychological Review9.797
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America9.737
Epidemiologic Reviews9.269
Personality and Social Psychology Review8.195
Diabetes Care7.735
Environmental Health Perspectives7.260
International Journal of Epidemiology6.982
Hypertension6.873
Journal of Economic Literature6.667
AIDS6.557
American Journal of Clinical Nutrition6.504
Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism6.430
Emerging Infectious Diseases5.993
Ageing Research Reviews5.953
The Journal of Infectious Diseases 5.848
Journal of Clinical Psychiatry5.812
Epidemiology5.738
American Psychologist5.450
Journal of Clinical Epidemiology5.332
Quarterly Journal of Economics5.278
Bulletin of the World Health Organization5.250
Pediatrics5.119
American Journal of Epidemiology4.975
Journal of Personality and Social Psychology4.877
Journal of the Royal Statistical Society B: Statistical Methodology4.810
Obstetrics and Gynecology4.798
Journal of Applied Psychology4.758
Human Reproduction4.670
JAIDS: Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes 4.653
Milbank Quarterly4.644
Addiction4.577
Psychological Science4.543
Conservation Biology4.355
Health Affairs4.321
Psychological Methods4.315
Journals of Gerontology A: Biological and Medical4.314
Annals of the New York Academy of Science4.313
Fertility and Sterility4.295
Annals of Emergency Medicine4.285
Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine4.282
American Sociological Review4.266
Child Development4.235
American Journal of Public Health4.229
Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review4.216
Journal of Nutrition4.196
American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry4.131
Tobacco Control4.111
Psychosomatic Medicine4.077
American Journal of Sociology4.045
Osteoporosis International4.039
Journal of Pediatrics4.035
Journal of the American Geriatrics Society3.978
American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology3.973
American Journal of Preventive Medicine3.945
Developmental Biology3.868
American Political Science Review3.844
Health Psychology3.832
Age and Ageing3.816
Ecological Applications3.815
Developmental Psychology3.782
BJOG An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology3.760
American Economic Journal: Applied Economics3.539
Econometrica3.504
Journal of Economic Perspectives3.489
Journal of Political Economy3.483
Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research3.421
Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health3.392
Social Networks3.381
Journal of Health and Social Behavior3.333
American Economic Review3.305
Archives of Sexual Behavior3.280
Journal of General Internal Medicine 3.278
Medical Care3.227
American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics3.191
Annals of Behavioral Medicine3.169
Drug and Alcohol Dependence3.141
Psychology and Aging3.089
Criminology3.060
Archives of Disease in Childhood3.051
Journal of Marriage and the Family3.006
Journals of Gerontology B: Psychological and Social Sciences3.006
Health Policy and Planning3.000
Sociological Methodology3.000
Psychological Assessment2.994
AIDS and Behavior2.979
Journal of Adolescent Health 2.966
Tropical Medicine and International Health2.938
Contraception2.932
Epidemiology and Infection2.867
Evolution and Human Behavior2.866
The Review of Economic Studies2.860
Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment2.859
Gerontologist2.772
European Journal of Clinical Nutrition2.756
Social Science and Medicine2.733
Alzheimer Disease and Associated Disorders2.728
Journal of Research on Adolescence2.702
Journal of Youth and Adolescence2.695
Gerontology2.676
Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology2.665
Demography2.631
Sexually Transmitted Infections2.611
Developmental Psychobiology2.595
Sexually Transmitted Diseases2.594
Population and Environment2.585
Prevention Science2.566
Geomorphology2.552
Journal of Traumatic Stress2.550
Social Psychology Quarterly2.543
Appetite2.541
The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene2.534
Review of General Psychology2.523
American Journal of Political Science2.516
European Journal of Public Health2.516
Annals of Epidemiology2.479
Biostatistics2.427
Health and Place2.419
Quality of Life Research2.412
Trauma, Violence, and Abuse2.400
Administrative Science Quarterly2.394
Journal of Nutrition Health and Aging2.394
Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin2.383
Neuroepidemiology2.370
Journal of Development Economics2.353
Review of Economics and Statistics2.346
American Journal of Human Biology2.335
Ambio2.295
Health Services Research2.291
American Educational Research Journal2.275
Health and Quality of Life Outcomes2.272
Health Economics2.232
The Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency2.220
Journal of Experimental Social Psychology2.219
Journal of Behavioral Medicine2.216
International Journal of Health Geographics2.195
Aggression and Violent Behavior2.137
Economic Journal2.118
American Journal of Managed Care2.117
Review of Research in Education2.111
Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care 2.100
The European Journal of Health Economics2.095
Journal of Mixed Methods Research2.091
Annals of the Association of American Geographers2.088
Population and Development Review2.085
Ecological Modelling2.069
Socio-Economic Review2.059
Journal of the European Economic Association2.049
Statistics in Medicine2.044
Education Evaluation and Policy Analysis2.021
Addictive Behaviors2.021
Early Human Development2.020
Environment and Behavior2.013
Psychiatric Services2.013
American Economic Journal: Economic Policy2.000
Journal of Human Resources1.985
American Journal of Community Psychology1.978
Accident Analysis and Prevention1.964
Studies in Family Planning1.960
Regional Environmental Change1.945
Medical Anthropology Quarterly1.938
Human Relations1.938
Decision Analysis1.933
Journal of Business and Economic Statistics1.932
Journal of Urban Health1.887
American Economic Journal: Microeconomics1.884
Journal of Adolescence1.882
Journal of Health Psychology1.882
Maternal and Child Health Journal1.875
Journal of Applied Econometrics1.867
Population, Space and Place1.861
European Sociological Review1.860
Journal of Social Issues1.857
Sociological Methods & Research1.844
European Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Biology1.843
Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease1.842
International Journal for Equity in Health1.839
Journal of the American Statistical Association1.834
AIDS Care1.834
Human Nature: An Interdisciplinary Biosocial Perspective1.814
European Journal of Contraception and Reproductive Health Care1.808
Economics and Human Biology1.797
Health Economics, Policy and Law1.796
Social Problems1.782
Journal of Policy Analysis and Management1.781
International Journal of Methods in Psychiatric Research1.764
Academic Emergency Medicine1.757
Injury Prevention1.755
Sociology of Health and Illness1.735
Families Systems and Health1.735
American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse1.733
Journal of Labor Economics1.729
Health Policy1.725
Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health1.708
Sociology of Education1.697
Area1.685
British Journal of Sociology1.684
Health Education and Behavior1.682
Aging & Mental Health1.677
Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs1.676
Journal of Quantitative Criminology1.673
Comparative Political Studies1.673
Social Forces1.672
Women's Health Issues1.638
The Geographical Journal1.635
Environment and Planning A1.630
Culture, Medicine, and Psychiatry1.627
Health Education Research1.615
International Journal of Geographical Information Science1.613
Family Processes1.609
Journal of Health Economics1.600
International Journal of Behavioral Development1.591
American Journal of Education1.590
Rural Sociology1.585
Theory, Culture, and Society1.584
Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention, and Policy1.561
Journal of Aging and Health1.556
Journal of Experimental Criminology1.553
Economy and Society1.551
The Sociological Quarterly1.545
International Journal of Urban and Regional Research1.543
Papers in Regional Science1.541
Sex Roles1.531
World Development1.527
Public Opinion Quarterly1.522
Human Biology1.522
Journal of Public Economics1.520
Biometrika1.506
BMC Women's Health1.505
Sociology 1.504
Geographical Analysis1.500
Culture, Health and Sexuality 1.494
Urban Studies1.493
Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved 1.491
Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics1.486
AIDS Education and Prevention1.484
Annals of Human Biology1.484
Applied Cognitive Psychology1.469
Journal of Public Health Management and Practice1.465
Journal of Happiness Studies1.462
Mathematical Biosciences1.454
American Journal of Evaluation1.447
Disability and Health Journal1.446
Public Health Reports 1.421
Journal of Women's Health1.417
Biometrics1.412
Health Research Policy and Systems1.409
Social Science Quarterly1.407
Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion1.396
Reproductive Health Matters1.394
China Economic Review1.390
Biodemography and Social Biology1.368
Journal of Geographical Systems1.366
Journal of the Royal Statistical Society A: Statistics in Society1.361
Human Ecology1.361
Journal of Interpersonal Violence1.355
Agriculture and Human Values1.355
Journal of Population Economics1.336
European Economic Review1.331
Work and Occupations1.324
Ageing and Society1.323
Social Science Computer Review1.303
Research on Aging1.298
Evaluation and Program Planning1.295
Journal of Community Health1.293
Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene1.278
Social Science Research1.266
Social Indicators Research1.264
International Regional Science Review1.257
Work, Employment and Society1.255
Journal of Midwifery and Women's Health1.254
Journal of the Royal Statistical Society C: Applied Statistics1.253
Substance Abuse1.245
International Journal of Health Services1.241
Theoretical Population Biology1.241
Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law1.240
Journal of Agricultural, Biological, and Environmental Statistics1.235
Urban Affairs Review1.211
Ethnicity and Health1.203
European Journal of Population1.200
Gender and Society1.200
Archives of Environmental & Occupational Health: An International Journal1.194
Crime and Delinquency1.192
International Migration Review1.188
Ethnic and Racial Studies1.169
International Economic Review1.162
Biometrical Journal1.152
Journal of Democracy1.147
Cities1.143
Industrial and Labor Relations Review1.141
Social Service Review1.140
Journal of Aging Studies1.139
International Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health1.135
International Journal of Public Opinion Research1.125
Law and Policy1.125
Journal of Health, Population and Nutrition1.121
Demographic Research1.116
Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies1.085
Environment and Planning B1.084
Population Studies1.081
Sociology of Religion1.079
Research in Human Development1.067
Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health1.057
Women and Health1.054
Childhood1.046
Society and Natural Resources1.034
Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science1.028
Sociologia Ruralis 1.022
Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health1.007
Children and Youth Services Review1.006
International Journal of STD and AIDS1.000
The Econometrics Journal1.000
American Journal of Agricultural Economics0.990
British Journal of Industrial Relations0.987
Journal of Adolescent Research0.983
Economics of Education Review0.981
Health Care Analysis0.981
Disability and Society0.981
Social Policy and Administration0.976
Journal of Family Issues0.963
Journal of Biosocial Science0.950
International Journal of Intercultural Relations0.940
Journal of Family Violence0.940
Journal of Educational and Behavioral Statistics0.935
Ethnicity and Disease0.921
Human Ecology Review0.92
Isis0.915
The Journal of Economic Inequality0.912
European Review of Aging and Physical Activity0.909
Comparative Education Review0.907
Family and Community Health 0.907
Research in Social Stratification and Mobility0.904
The Annals of Regional Science0.901
Youth and Society0.897
Critical Public Health0.882
American Statistician0.877
Du Bois Review0.873
China Quarterly0.872
Journal of Development Studies0.872
Osiris0.870
Economic Development and Cultural Change0.868
Child Indicators Research0.864
Family Relations0.862
Journal of Applied Social Psychology0.834
Sociological Forum0.833
European Journal of Ageing0.833
Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control0.807
Ecology of Food and Nutrition0.800
The Journal of Social Psychology0.785
City and Community0.778
Journal of Religion and Health0.768
Journal of Economic History0.766
Sociological Perspectives0.763
History of Psychology0.750
International Sociology0.732
Quality and Quantity0.728
Applied Developmental Science0.727
International Journal of Aging and Human Development0.725
Comparative Education0.724
Studies in Comparative International Development0.722
International Statistical Review0.718
Journal of International Development0.716
Acta Sociologica0.714
Journal of Statistical Planning and Inference0.713
Review of Economics of the Household0.708
Housing Policy Debate0.706
Journal of Applied Gerontology0.700
Cross-Cultural Research: The Journal of Comparative Social Science0.667
Journal of Comparative Economics0.657
International Journal of Comparative Sociology0.652
Environmental Communication: A Journal of Nature and Culture0.645
international Journal of Psychology0.632
Applied Research in Quality of Life0.627
Social Science History0.622
American Behavioral Scientist0.622
Journal of Asian Studies0.621
Economic Development Quarterly0.618
Theory and Society0.614
Population Research and Policy Review0.610
Qualitative Sociology0.603
Community Development Journal0.602
Journal of Housing and the Built Environment0.596
International Journal of Health Care Finance & Economics0.576
Geocarto International0.575
Signs0.556
B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis and Policy0.551
Field Methods0.551
Survey Methodology0.541
Journal of Adult Development0.522
Economics Letters0.509
Growth and Change0.489
Human Organization0.487
Journal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse0.482
Latin American Perspectives0.474
Continuity and Change0.467
Political Science Quarterly0.465
Population (INED)0.459
Policing and Society0.444
Families In Society-The Journal of Contemporary Social Services0.442
Sociological Spectrum0.441
Inquiry0.438
Asian Population Studies0.394
Anthropological Forum0.377
Journal of Official Statistics0.343
Review of Religious Research 0.339
Communications in Statistics - Simulation and Computation0.300
Communications in Statistics - Theory and Methods 0.298
Journal of Comparative Family Studies0.284
Journal of Family History0.267
History of the Family0.258
Ethnology0.095
Asia-Pacific Population Journaln/a
Historical Methodsn/a
Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontologyn/a
Journal of Developing Areasn/a
Journal of Divorce and Remarriagen/a
History and Technologyn/a
Journal of Drug Issuesn/a
Journal of Family Theory and Reviewn/a
Ageing Internationaln/a
Hallym International Journal of Agingn/a
Journal of Consumer Psychologyn/a
Gerontechnologyn/a
New Directions for Evaluationn/a
Women's Healthn/a
International Journal of Multiple Research Approachesn/a
Survey Research Methodsn/a
Journal of Family and Economic Issuesn/a
American Journal of Criminal Justicen/a
Applied Spatial Analysis and Policyn/a
Asian Journal of Criminologyn/a
Gender Issuesn/a
Geography and Natural Resourcesn/a
GeoJournaln/a
Health Services and Outcomes Research Methodologyn/a
Identity in the Information Society n/a
International Journal of Politics, Culture, and Societyn/a
Journal of African American Studiesn/a
Journal of Bioeconomicsn/a
Journal of International Migration and Integrationn/a
Journal of Population Ageingn/a
Journal of Population Researchn/a
Letters in Spatial and Resource Sciencesn/a
Race and Social Problemsn/a
Social Network Analysis and Miningn/a
Urban Forumn/a
The Urban Reviewn/a
International Review of Sociologyn/a
Community, Work, and Familyn/a
The American Sociologistn/a
Sociological Focusn/a
Journal of Povertyn/a
City, culture and societyn/a
Journal of Intergenerational Relationshipsn/a
Community Developmentn/a
Anthropology and Medicinen/a
Asian Ethnicityn/a
Behavioral Sciences of Terrorism and Political Aggressionn/a
Criminal Justice Studiesn/a
Contemporary South Asian/a
Contemporary Justice Reviewn/a
Contemporary Social Sciencen/a
Dynamics of Asymmetric Conflict: Pathways Toward Terrorism and Genociden/a
Journal of Children and Povertyn/a
Journal of Ethnic and Cultural Diversity in Social Workn/a
Marriage and Family Reviewn/a
Forum for Health Economics & Policyn/a
Medicare and Medicaid Research Reviewn/a
Health Services Management Researchn/a
The High School Journaln/a
International Journal of Law, Policy, and the Familyn/a
Journal of Survey Statistics and Methodologyn/a