Top 10 pneumonia journals

October 16, 2021
5 min read
Sarah Cahill

Viruses and bacteria such as Streptococcus pneumoniae, Haemophilus influenzae type B and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) are common causes of pneumonia. Pneumonia is also a complication of SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19).

Ongoing pneumonia research is crucial to help health professionals diagnose and treat patients. Research also helps improve our understanding of if, and how, COVID-19 affects the lungs differently than non-COVID-19 pneumonia.

To support this, we’ve collated a list of the top 10 respiratory journals that regularly publish pneumonia research findings, including up-to-date COVID-19 pneumonia research.

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.

The Lancet Respiratory Medicine

Impact Factor: 6.761

CiteScore: 43.7

SJR: 9.030

SNIP: 8.896

The Lancet Respiratory Medicine is a leading journal that publishes regular research, correspondence and news related to pneumonia. Recent articles include findings from a study into the effectiveness of CPAP for preventing respiratory complications such as pneumonia post-abdominal surgery, and care for patients with COVID-19 related pneumonia.

European Respiratory Review

Impact Factor: 6.744

CiteScore: 11.4

SJR: 2.565

SNIP: 2.956

The European Respiratory Review is published by the European Respiratory Society and provides open access content focused on all areas of respiratory medicine, including pneumonia. Because new articles are published continuously online, the journal is a great resource to bookmark to stay informed about the latest respiratory research. You can also follow the European Respiratory Society on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.

European Respiratory Journal

Impact Factor: 5.909

CiteScore: 15.3

SJR: 4.021

SNIP: 2.938

The European Respiratory Journal is also published by the European Respiratory Society. It includes articles, reports, guidelines, editorials and other correspondence. Its wide range of content spans both paediatric and adult respiratory medicine. Recent pneumonia articles include the risk of community-acquired pneumonia in children using gastric acid suppressants, the use of aspirin to reduce cardiovascular effects in patients with pneumonia, and COVID-19 and pneumonia.

American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine

Impact Factor: 5.480

CiteScore: 24.6

SJR: 6.272

SNIP: 5.195

Published twice a month by the American Thoracic Society, the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine publishes content that helps health professionals and researchers improve their understanding of the pathophysiology and treatment of respiratory conditions, including pneumonia. Some of the content is open access.

Respiratory Research

Impact Factor: 4.916

CiteScore: 6.6

SJR: 1.846

SNIP: 1.501

Respiratory Research is an open access journal with an extensive collection of articles covering respiratory medicine and respiratory diseases. Recent pneumonia related research includes a study into the association between cytokine profiles and lung injury in COVID-19 pneumonia, and risk factors for exacerbations and pneumonia in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. A journal that will appeal to both researchers and frontline medical professionals.

American Journal of Physiology – Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology

Impact Factor: 4.659

CiteScore: 7.7

SJR: 1.892

SNIP: 1.329

This journal is published by the American Physiological Society. As its name suggests, the content published focuses on the molecular, cellular and integrative aspects of cells and components of the respiratory system. Featuring complex articles such as how inhibition of the lipoxin A4 and resolvin D1 receptor impairs host response to acute lung injury caused by pneumococcal pneumonia in mice, this journal is most relevant for researchers rather than health professionals providing patient care.


Impact Factor: 4.321

CiteScore: 13.5

SJR: 3.083

SNIP: 2.902

Thorax is published monthly by BMJ Publishing Group and includes research that helps improve the understanding of respiratory conditions to support clinical practice. It is the official journal of the British Thoracic Society. You can also listen to Thorax podcasts and follow on Twitter and Facebook.

American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology

Impact Factor: 3.413

CiteScore: 8.4

SJR: 2.469

SNIP: 1.181

The American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology is the companion journal of the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. Recent articles include metabolic adaptation in methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus pneumonia, and immune modulation to improve survival of viral pneumonia in mice. A journal for researchers to bookmark.


Impact Factor: 3.395

CiteScore: 10.3

SJR: 2.647

SNIP: 2.764

Chest is published monthly and regularly includes pneumonia research, some of which is available as open access content. It is the official journal of the American College of Chest Physicians. You can also follow on Twitter.

Annals of the American Thoracic Society

Impact Factor: 2.746

CiteScore: 7.6

SJR: 2.035

SNIP: 1.793

The Annals of the American Thoracic Society covers both adult and paediatric respiratory medicine. It focuses on publishing content that will impact clinical practice, further educate health professionals and improve public health. Recent articles include a study on the predictive performance of risk factors for multidrug-resistant pathogens in nosocomial pneumonia, and inhaled corticosteroid use and invasive pneumococcal pneumonia.


Causes of pneumonia, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Pneumonia, Health Navigator

SCImago Journal & Country Rank


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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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