Top 10 HIV/AIDS journals

November 15, 2021
3 min read
Sarah Cahill

It’s been 40 years since the first cases of HIV/AIDS were reported. Since then, thanks to advances in our understanding of the disease, improved diagnosis and treatment and effective prevention methods, people with HIV are staying healthier for much longer.

To support World AIDS Day on 1 December, we’ve developed a list of the top HIV/AIDS journals for health professionals who work with people living with HIV/AIDS and the wider community.

Journal metrics

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. This list uses the 2-year impact factor from SCImago.

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.

AIDS Patient Care and STDs

Impact Factor: 4.087

CiteScore: 6.3

SJR: 2.504

SNIP: 1.413

AIDS Patient Care and STDs is published monthly and is relevant for all health professionals and researchers working within the HIV/AIDS field and infectious diseases. It publishes a range of open access and free access content, and aims to improve the longevity and quality of life for people living with HIV/AIDS. Recent articles include a review of the evidence-based practices to reduce youth HIV transmission, and self-stigma and quality of life for people with HIV.

Current HIV/AIDS Reports

Impact Factor: 4.394

CiteScore: 6.0

SJR: 2.135

SNIP: 1.267

Current HIV/AIDS Reports is published by Springer and presents findings related to the diagnosis, treatment, management and prevention of HIV/AIDS. It’s published bimonthly and includes some open access content.

Journal of the International AIDS Society

Impact Factor: 3.850

CiteScore: 7.5

SJR: 2.724

SNIP: 1.667

The Journal of the International AIDS Society is an open access journal published on behalf of the International AIDS society. The journal encourages research into HIV/AIDS in low- and middle-income countries and includes a diverse range of content related to the full spectrum of HIV/AIDS care and research.

The Lancet HIV

Impact Factor: 3.727

CiteScore: 17.1

SJR: 5.483

SNIP: 4.024

The Lancet HIV is a leading online journal published monthly by Elsevier. It publishes original research, editorials, articles and other content aimed at improving the health of people living with HIV/AIDS. Most cited articles include COVID-19 in patients with HIV, and the findings and analysis of the incidence, prevalence and mortality from the Global Burden of Disease Study 2017.

Current Opinion in HIV and AIDS

Impact Factor: 3.603

CiteScore: 7.1

SJR: 1.901

SNIP: 1.086

Current Opinion in HIV and AIDS is published bimonthly and includes some open access articles. Each issue focuses on one specific HIV/AIDS topic, and includes relevant review articles. In 2021 the journal covered COVID-19 and HIV, HIV-associated co-morbidities, HIV reservoir, HIV cure, and the toxicity profile of current antiretroviral therapy (ART).

Aids and Behavior

Impact Factor: 3.272

CiteScore: 5.8

SJR: 1.994

SNIP: 1.391

Aids and Behavior is a bimonthly, peer-reviewed journal that centres on AIDS behavioural research. Content includes research articles, reports and literature reviews about individual, social, contextual, economic and geographical factors that facilitates HIV transmission, as well as transmission interventions and the impact of living with HIV/AIDS. A small selection of content is open access.

Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes

Impact Factor: 2.783

CiteScore: 5.9

SJR: 2.162

SNIP: 1.191

The Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes publishes peer-reviewed articles related to the basic and translational HIV science, epidemiology and prevention. Recent content includes frailty in aging people living with HIV, and increased inflammation and liver disease in people living with HIV and hepatitis B.


Impact Factor: 2.868

CiteScore: 6.9

SJR: 2.195

SNIP: 1.291

AIDS publishes 18 issues each year, including regular monthly issues and additional supplementary issues. Content becomes open access on the journal website 1 year post publication.

HIV Medicine

Impact Factor: 2.094

CiteScore: 6.0

SJR: 1.530

SNIP: 1.138

HIV Medicine is published monthly by Wiley and includes research findings from clinical, pharmacological, epidemiological, ethical, preclinical and in vitro studies. Recent articles include results from a study of menopause management in women with HIV, and the effects of HIV infection on pre- and post-liver transplant mortality in people with organ failure.

This 1 December, get behind World AIDS Day and show your support for the millions of people globally living with HIV/AIDS and remember those lost to the disease.


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Sarah Cahill
Sarah Cahill is a freelance medical writer. Sarah worked as a nurse for 14 years before a career shift into writing, first working for a medical communications company and then founding Sayline Writing Solutions in 2018. She specialises in plain English medical and health writing.
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