Protection against infectious diseases has been an ongoing challenge for humans for centuries, as the COVID-19 pandemic is testament to. Each day, more people around the globe are immunised against COVID-19, however, because of the rapid development of the vaccines, and misinformation about the virus, now more than ever health professionals need access to the latest vaccine research and developments.
To help, we’ve collated our list of top-ranked international vaccination journals. We’ve also included 2 broader immunology journals who also feature peer-reviewed vaccination research articles and discussions.
Impact factor: is based on Web of Science data and only includes documents such as articles and reviews. It measures the average number of times an article is cited by other journal articles and documents. An impact factor of 3 or more is considered good, 1 is average.
CiteScore: is based on Scopus data for all indexed documents, including articles, letters and editorials. Like impact factor, it measures the average citations received per document published in a journal over a 4-year time period.
Impact factor and CiteScore have the most meaning when used to compare journals within the same therapeutic area of subject. Many academics value a journal’s impact factor over its Citescore; therefore they will use the impact factor to rank other journals in the same field.
SCImago Journal Rank (SJR): measures the citations received from a journal but it also considers the importance of the journal where the citations have come from. This measurement can be helpful to rank journals within the same field and category.
Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP): measures citations weighted by subject field. A SNIP over 1.0 means a journal has more citations than average.
Impact factor: 5.833
npj Vaccines is a journal included in the Nature Partner Journals’ portfolio, published by Springer Nature in partnership with the Sealy Institute for Vaccine Science. It is an online, open access journal that publishes the latest vaccination research, as well as editorials, news and case reports.
Impact factor: 4.684
Expert Review of Vaccines is an international, peer-reviewed journal published monthly. Researchers can choose to publish their articles as open-access and accelerated publications. The journal focuses on new vaccines and includes reviews, original research and editorials.
Impact factor: 4.246
Vaccines is another open access journal published monthly. It focuses on vaccine research and immunisation and recent articles include human papillomavirus (HPV) research, immune responses induced by mRNA vaccination in mice and flu vaccination during pregnancy.
Impact factor: 3.059
Published by Taylor and Francis and sponsored by the International Society for Vaccines, the Human Vaccines and Immunotherapeutics journal publishes research articles, reviews, commentaries and case reports that discuss the latest developments in vaccinology and immunotherapy.
Impact factor: 3.757
The Clinical and Experimental Vaccine Research journal is published twice a year and is the official journal of the Korean Vaccine Society. The journal offers open access articles that focus on research and development of vaccines. The latest edition, published in January 2021, includes articles about COVID-19 vaccination and adverse reactions to the measles and rubella vaccination in India.
Impact factor: 3.372
Vaccine, published by Elsevier, publishes a wide range of research papers, review articles, and discussion papers related to all fields of vaccinology, including research, vaccine history and safety. Vaccine X is the open access companion journal to Vaccine with a CiteScore of 0.6.
Impact factor: 2.065
As the name suggests, preventing and managing travel-related diseases is this journal’s niche. The journal supports open access and is particularly relevant to health professionals working within travel medicine.
General immunology journals
Impact factor: 32.885
Nature Reviews Immunology is ranked number 1 out of 200 immunology journals. Each monthly issue covers a broad range of subject areas related to immunology such as autoimmunity and innate immunity, and also includes articles about vaccine development. The latest issue features COVID-19 research.
With many vaccinations in use worldwide to prevent infectious diseases, and more in the development pipeline, well-regarded journals are an invaluable resource for healthcare professionals working within the field of vaccination.