Top 10 Nursing Journals

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First Published: 
Feb 2021
Jan 2024

Key Learnings contained in this article:

Keeping across current research is crucial for all nursing professionals. For those directly involved in patient care, adopting evidence-based practices is fundamental to enhancing patient outcomes. Nurses engaged in healthcare's broader aspects, such as policy-making, leadership, and management, benefit from understanding the latest research to guide their decisions. However, the demanding nature of nursing jobs often leaves little time for even basic necessities, let alone for sifting through the vast amount of research published monthly.

Recognising this challenge, we have taken the initiative to compile a list of the top 10 nursing journals of 2024 for you. Our selection exclusively features journals focused on nursing, excluding those that cater primarily to other health professions with nurses as a secondary audience.

Here you will find the top 10 Nursing journals ranked by the 2-year Journal Impact Factor (2-JIF) – a measure of the frequency with which the articles within the journal are cited in a particular 2-year period. We have also included these other factors for each journal in our assessment to round off the picture.

Journal Metrics

Impact factor*

The Journal Impact Factor (JIF) is based on Web of Science data and only includes documents such as articles and reviews. The JIF helps to understand the importance of how often articles are cited by addressing the bias that arises from comparing citation numbers. This bias tends to advantage bigger journals over smaller ones, those published more often over those with fewer issues, and older journals over newer ones. This is because larger or older journals usually have more articles to be cited. By considering the impact factor, we can more fairly compare journals by taking into account these differences in size, publication frequency, and age. A JIF of 3 or more is considered good and 1 is average.


CiteScore is based on Scopus data for all indexed documents, including articles, letters and editorials, as well as articles and reviews. The CiteScore for a particular year is calculated by dividing the number of citations to all indexed documents within the journal from that year and the three preceding years by the total number of documents published in the journal within that same period.

*Impact factor and CiteScore have the most meaning when used to compare journals within the same therapeutic area. 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)

The SCImago Journal Rank (SJR) indicator evaluates the prestige of academic journals by considering not only the number of citations a journal receives but also the prestige of the journals that issue these citations. An SJR >1.0 is above average. This measurement can be helpful to rank journals within the same field and category.

Source Normalised Impact per Paper (SNIP)

Source Normalised Impact per Paper (SNIP) weights citations based on the total number of citations in a subject field to provide a contextual, subject-specific metric. A SNIP over 1.0 means a journal has more citations than average.

Other Journal considerations

In addition to SJR ranking and journal impact factor, a good quality journal generally has the following characteristics:

  1. It is indexed on PubMed, Google Scholar, Scopus, Web of Science or another reputable journal index
  2. It has an up-to-date website, a clear scope, extensive information for authors and readers, and a publicly visible editorial board consisting of appropriately qualified board members affiliated with accredited universities and research institutions
  3. Each article is assigned a Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

We have focused on publications that specialise in pharmacoeconomics and outcomes research, together with a few key health policy journals.

Top 10 Nursing Journals

Selecting the right journal for your research is a critical step that can make or break the impact of your work. This is where a medcomms agency like Rx Communications can become an essential ally. With a deep understanding of the scientific publishing world and high levels of therapeutic area expertise, a medcomms agency worth its salt should be able to provide support at any stage of the publishing process. This includes assisting in finding journals that match your research area and larger aims, and shaping your manuscript so it reflects the ethos and audience of your chosen journal, as well as guiding you through the entire submission process including managing revisions, and planning for post-publication promotion and dealing with rejection.

Rx can increase your chances of not just getting published, but also ensuring your research makes the waves it deserves.

International Journal of Nursing Studies

The International Journal of Nursing Studies (IJNS) publishes high-quality research, reviews, and discussions on nursing, midwifery, and health care, focusing on evidence-based practice and policy. It emphasises studies on complex health interventions and policies with rigorous methodologies and promotes research quality through papers on analytics and methods. Established in 1963, IJNS is a leading peer-reviewed platform in health care literature, supporting the Equator Network's goals for transparent and accurate reporting in health research.

  • Website:
  • Impact Factor: 8.1
  • CiteScore: 11.2
  • SJR: 1.774
  • SNIP: 2.727
  • H-Index: 132

Nursing Ethics

Nursing Ethics offers a practical approach to ethical and legal issues in nursing, emphasising readability and user-friendly analysis. It ensures high-quality content through a double-blind review process and targets a quick turnaround for manuscript evaluations. The journal covers important topics such as health profession accountability, patient rights, and various current issues including genetics and health policies, presented in a straightforward and engaging manner.

  • Website:
  • Impact Factor: 4.2
  • CiteScore: 7.1
  • SJR: 1.261
  • SNIP: 1.859
  • H-Index: 69

Journal of Nursing Management

The Journal of Nursing Management advances nursing management and leadership globally through critical analysis and evidence-based insights. It publishes research and reviews on healthcare challenges, aiming to develop best practices and inform practitioners. The journal encourages contributions from diverse fields to explore issues, assess evidence, and examine policy impacts on healthcare quality and safety.

  • Website:
  • Impact Factor: 5.5
  • CiteScore: 6.8
  • SJR: 1.341
  • SNIP: 1.921
  • H-Index: 88

International Journal of Mental Health Nursing

The International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, the official journal of the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses Inc., is a peer-reviewed publication focusing on mental health nursing practice and research. It serves as a platform for discussing a wide range of topics relevant to the field, including practice innovations, research advancements, educational directions, professional issues, management strategies, policy development, ethics, theory, and clinical challenges. The journal features various types of content, such as articles, reviews, clinical and research notes, and book reviews, inviting contributions from all areas of mental health nursing.

  • Website:
  • Impact Factor: 5.6
  • CiteScore: 6.5
  • SJR: 1.230
  • SNIP: 1.500
  • H-Index: 62

International Nursing Review

The International Nursing Review is a global resource for nurses, emphasising research and articles that embody the ICN's values of flexibility, inclusiveness, partnership, achievement, and leadership. It publishes on a wide array of topics including nursing and healthcare policy, education, globalisation, workforce issues, and the impact on health from environmental and technological changes. The journal seeks submissions of international interest that address health, nursing, and social policy, aiming to contribute to global nursing and healthcare improvement.

  • Website:
  • Impact Factor: 4.1
  • CiteScore: 6.4
  • SJR: 1.011
  • SNIP: 1.626
  • H-Index: 60

Journal of Clinical Nursing

The Journal of Clinical Nursing (JCN) is an international, peer-reviewed journal that enhances nursing practice by disseminating research and knowledge across all nursing areas. It focuses on critical debates, clinical applications, and the global relevance of nursing work, appealing to a broad audience in the nursing field. JCN covers topics such as clinical research, patient safety, nursing leadership, and interdisciplinary collaboration, aiming to contribute significant insights into clinical nursing worldwide.

  • Website:
  • Impact Factor: 4.2
  • CiteScore: 6.0
  • SJR: 0.938
  • SNIP: 1.496
  • H-Index: 117

Seminars in Oncology Nursing

Published six times a year, this journal provides an in-depth focus on a specific cancer topic per issue, including expert review articles and sharing oncology nursing research pertinent to patient care, nursing education, among other areas.

  • Website:
  • Impact Factor: 2.2
  • CiteScore: 5.9
  • SJR: 0.898
  • SNIP: 1.235
  • H-Index: 53

International Journal of Nursing Sciences

The International Journal of Nursing Sciences (IJNSS), a quarterly peer-reviewed publication of the Chinese Nursing Association, advances nursing and healthcare by disseminating evidence-based research and clinical insights. It covers a broad spectrum of topics including advanced practice, health promotion, chronic disease management, and cultural perspectives in nursing. Targeting practitioners, educators, students, and managers in nursing, IJNSS invites contributions from all health professions that influence nursing practice and care delivery.

  • Website:
  • Impact Factor: 3.8
  • CiteScore: 5.7
  • SJR: 0.815
  • SNIP: 1.572
  • H-Index: 30

Journal of Nursing Scholarship

The Journal of Nursing Scholarship, accessible in 103 countries, focuses on global health enhancement. It's the official publication of the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International, aimed at elevating nursing care worldwide. It reaches over 130,000 nursing leaders, offers a significant impact factor, and facilitates easy online manuscript submission for quick publication in both digital and print formats, with a history spanning 40 years.

  • Website:
  • Impact Factor: 3.4
  • CiteScore: 5.7
  • SJR: 0.982
  • SNIP: 1.496
  • H-Index: 90

Nursing in Critical Care

Nursing in Critical Care is a peer-reviewed journal covering critical care nursing practice, research, education, and management aspects. It addresses the comprehensive skills and knowledge needed for acute and critical care in various settings and specialties, including hospitals and community care. The journal features research, reviews, and practice insights across specialties like surgery, medicine, and paediatrics.

  • Website:
  • Impact Factor: 3.0
  • CiteScore: 5.6
  • SJR: 0.761
  • SNIP: 1.323
  • H-Index: 49

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How to Stay Up-to-Date with Nursing Research Developments

For pharma professionals and researchers working in the field of Nursing, it is vital to stay abreast of the latest research advancements. To stay on top you might:

  • Consider subscribing to our newsletter and receive updates to our top journal lists as well as other relevant industry and therapeutic developments as they happen.
  • Register for an account with your selected journal to get direct access to new research as it's published.
  • Customise an RSS feed for your selected journals to also further streamline the process, delivering the latest papers and articles directly to your digital doorstep.
  • Setting up a Google alert with Alzheimer's research keywords to capture relevant news and studies from across the web.
  • Lastly, don't underestimate the power of social media; by following the publishers and journals in the field, you'll tap into a community of shared knowledge and discourse.

* Article originally written by Sarah Cahill and published in 2021, updated by Beth Howe and the Rx Team for 2024!


  1. Using Scopus and SJR to find a Journal’s Impact and Rank
  2. What’s a good impact factor & why it matters
  3. Measuring Your Impact: Impact Factor, Citation Analysis, and other Metrics: Journal Impact Factor (IF)
  4. CiteScore and Nursing Journals
  5. SCImago Journal & Country Rank
  6. Scopus

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Beth Howe
Medical Writer
Bachelors in Biomedical Sciences, Bachelors in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Beth Howe is a passionate medical writer and member of the Australasian Medical Writers Association. With a degree from Victoria University of Wellington, she began her career during the COVID-19 pandemic, aiming to combat misinformation with factual scientific communication. Specialising in transforming complex research into accessible content, Beth's work spans from research manuscripts to informative health articles.
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