List of scientific journals

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The following is a partial list of scientific journals. There are thousands of scientific journals in publication, and many more have been published at various points in the past. The list given here is far from exhaustive, only containing some of the most influential, currently publishing journals in each field. As a rule of thumb, each field should be represented by more or less than ten positions, chosen by their impact factors and other ratings.

Note: there are many science magazines that are not scientific journals, including Scientific American, New Scientist, Australasian Science and others. They are not listed here.

For periodicals in the social sciences and humanities, see list of social science journals.

General and multidisciplinary science

Journal Publishing since Alexia rank [1] Impact factor Open access Open submission
Nature 1869 1,653 [2] 41.456 No No
Nature Communications 2010 1,653 [3] 11.47 Yes No
Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A 1905 (1665 before split) 39,730 [4] 2.147 Partial; after 2 years No
PLOS ONE 2006 8,193 [5] 3.234 Yes No
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 1914 12,491 [6] 9.674 Partial; after 6 months No
Proceedings of the Royal Society A 1905 (1800 before split) 39,730 [7] 2.192 Partial; by request or after 2 years No
Science 1880 4,524 [8] 33.611 No No
Scientific Reports 2011 1,653 [9] 5.578 Yes No

Basic and physical sciences

Astronomy and astrophysics


The journals listed below are the 10 highest-ranking chemistry journals that publish papers in all areas of chemistry, ranked according to the total number of references.[10] The comprehensive list referenced above should be consulted for high-ranking journals in specific areas of chemistry.

Earth and atmospheric sciences

Materials science



Life sciences

Biology in general



See List of bioinformatics journals

Biophysics and biochemistry









Veterinary medicine


Computer science and engineering

Computer science

For a more comprehensive list, see Category:Computer science journals.


Robotics and automation


General mathematics


Medicine and health care

Public health

Nutrition and food science

Pharmaceutical sciences

Other fields

Forensic science


See also

Notes and references

  1. for parent domain
  2. Nature at Alexa
  3. Nature at Alexa
  4. Royal Society at Alexa
  5. Plos at Alexa
  6. Pnas at Alexa
  7. Royal Society at Alexa
  8. Science at Alexa
  9. Nature at Alexa
  10. A search of 2004 Journal Citation Reports from the Institute for Scientific Information for journals in subject categories CHEMISTRY, MULTIDISCIPLINARY. Journals that clearly did not publish papers in all areras of chemistry were removed.

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