Top 10 Microbiology Journals with Impact Factor (Updated 2020)

Top 10 Microbiology Journals with Impact Factor (updated 2020)

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1. Nature Reviews Microbiology

Nature Reviews Microbiology Impact Factor (2020)

2020 Impact Factor: 60.633
5-year Impact Factor: 56.614
Immediacy Index: 13.176
Eigenfactor Score: 0.05415
Article Influence Score: 18.986

Journal Citation Indicator (JCI): 5.03
Total Citations in 2020: 43,313

Aim and Scopes

Nature Reviews Microbiology aims to be the premier source of reviews and commentaries for the scientific communities we serve. They strive to publish articles that are authoritative, accessible, and enhanced with clearly understandable figures, tables, and other display items. They want to provide unparalleled service to authors, referees, and readers, and we work hard to maximize the usefulness and impact of each article. Nature Reviews Microbiology publishes Reviews, Perspectives, and Comments from across the field of microbiology, with their broad scope ensuring that the work they publish reaches the widest possible audience.

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2. Clinical Microbiology Reviews

Clinical Microbiology Reviews Impact Factor (2020)

2020 Impact Factor: 26.132
5-year Impact Factor: 32.976
Immediacy Index: 9.515
Eigenfactor Score: 0.01721
Article Influence Score: 10.133

Journal Citation Indicator (JCI): 2.54
Total Citations in 2020: 25,627

Aim and Scopes

Clinical Microbiology Reviews® analyzes the latest developments in clinical microbiology and immunology. Key topics include pathogenic mechanisms, individuals and groups of microbial pathogens, clinical and laboratory aspects of newly recognized and reemerging infectious diseases, antimicrobial agents and their applications, and diagnostic laboratory technologies.


  • Pathogenic Mechanisms
  • Specific or Groups of Microbial Pathogens
  • Clinical and Laboratory Aspects of Newly Recognized or Reemerging Infectious Diseases
  • Recently Developed Antimicrobial Agents and Their Applications
  • New Diagnostic Laboratory Technology

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3. Cell Host and Microbe

Cell Host and Microbe Impact Factor (2020)

2020 Impact Factor: 21.023
5-year Impact Factor: 22.103
Immediacy Index: 16.105
Eigenfactor Score: 0.06211
Article Influence Score: 9.167

Journal Citation Indicator (JCI): 4.57
Total Citations in 2020: 28,716

Aim and Scopes

Cell Host & Microbe was launched in March 2007. The journal’s mission is to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and concepts between scientists studying the microbe with those studying the host immune, cell biological, and molecular response upon colonization or infection by a microbe.

Cell Host & Microbe will publish novel findings related to microbes (which includes bacteria, fungi, parasites, and viruses) from molecular and cellular biology to translational studies with particular emphasis on the interface between the microbe and its host (vertebrate, invertebrate, or plant; unicellular or multicellular). The unifying theme is the integrated study of microbes (pathogenic, non-pathogenic, and commensal) in conjunction and communication with each other, their host, and the cellular environment they inhabit. Work published in Cell Host & Microbe is expected not only to be of exceptional significance within its field but also of interest to researchers outside the immediate area. In addition to primary research manuscripts, Cell Host & Microbe will publish expert analysis, commentary, and reviews on topics of current interest in the field.

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4. Nature Microbiology

Nature Microbiology Impact Factor (2020)

2020 Impact Factor: 17.745
5-year Impact Factor: 18.905
Immediacy Index: 18.392
Eigenfactor Score: 0.05625
Article Influence Score: 8.070

Journal Citation Indicator (JCI): 4.36
Total Citations in 2020: 15,714

Aim and Scopes

Nature Microbiology is an online-only, monthly journal publishing the best research from across the field of microbiology. All editorial decisions are made by a team of full-time professional editors.

Nature Microbiology is interested in all aspects of microorganisms, be it their evolution, physiology, and cell biology; their interactions with each other, with a host or with an environment; or their societal significance. Nature Microbiology provides a place where all researchers and policymakers interested in microorganisms can come together to learn about the most accomplished and significant advances in the field and to discuss topical issues. An online-only monthly journal, our broad scope ensures that the research published reaches the widest possible audience of microbiologists.

In addition to publishing original research, Nature Microbiology will publish Commentaries, Reviews, News and Views, Features, and Correspondence from across the full range of disciplines concerned with microorganisms.

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5. Trends in Microbiology

Trends in Microbiology Impact Factor (2020)

2020 Impact Factor: 17.079
5-year Impact Factor: 18.337
Immediacy Index: 4.434
Eigenfactor Score: 0.02282
Article Influence Score: 5.834

Journal Citation Indicator (JCI): 1.63
Total Citations in 2020: 17,553

Aim and Scopes

Trends in Microbiology provides a multidisciplinary forum for the discussion of all aspects of microbiology: from cell biology and immunology to genetics and evolution, and ranges across virology, bacteriology, protozoology, and mycology.

Microbiology is, at present, one of the fastest-moving disciplines in Life Sciences, thanks also to technological developments of recent years. The relative ease and rapidity with which small genomes can be entirely sequenced is beginning to have a significant impact on all areas of prokaryote biology, from pathogens to extremophiles, and will fuel new developments, for example, in drugs, vaccines, and industrial enzyme research. Recent international developments are also responsible for a renewed interest in microbiology.

The focus is on molecular microbiology and virology and includes topics such as genomics, the gamut of plant and animal host-pathogen interactions, host immune responses, characterization and evolution of virulence determinants, cell cycle and differentiation, symbiosis in plant and animal associations, environmental microbiology, biodiversity and evolution, population dynamics, sex and mutagenesis, antibiotic resistance and production, drug and vaccine targets, as well as aspects of prion diseases and of fungal and protozoan biology.

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6. FEMS Microbiology Reviews

FEMS Microbiology Reviews Impact Factor (2020)

2020 Impact Factor: 16.408
5-year Impact Factor: 18.835
Immediacy Index: 2.978
Eigenfactor Score: 0.01299
Article Influence Score: 5.487

Journal Citation Indicator (JCI): 1.77
Total Citations in 2020: 16,279

Aim and Scopes

FEMS Microbiology Reviews publishes reviews dealing with all aspects of microbiology that have not been surveyed recently. Reviews should be devoted to topics of current interest and provide comprehensive, critical, and authoritative coverage. They should provide new perspectives and critical, detailed discussions of significant trends in the areas being reviewed and may contain elements of a speculative and selective nature. All reviews should address both specialists and the general reader. Whenever possible, reviews should be put into the framework of general microbiology and biology. Manuscripts of lectures delivered at symposia that do not review the related field are not acceptable, nor are unevaluated compilations of the literature.

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7. Annual Review of Microbiology

Annual Review of Microbiology Impact Factor (2020)

2020 Impact Factor: 15.500
5-year Impact Factor: 16.294
Immediacy Index: 1.308
Eigenfactor Score: 0.00898
Article Influence Score: 6.104

Journal Citation Indicator (JCI): 1.37
Total Citations in 2020: 12,031

Aim and Scopes

The Annual Review of Microbiology, in publication since 1947, covers significant developments in the field of microbiology, encompassing bacteria, archaea, viruses, and unicellular eukaryotes.

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8. Microbiome

Microbiome Impact Factor (2020)

2020 Impact Factor: 14.650
5-year Impact Factor: 15.677
Immediacy Index: 2.340
Eigenfactor Score: 0.03030
Article Influence Score: 4.459

Journal Citation Indicator (JCI): 3.14
Total Citations in 2020: 12,051

Aim and Scopes

The central purpose of the Microbiome is to unite investigators conducting microbiome research in environmental, agricultural, and biomedical arenas.

Topics broadly addressing the study of microbial communities, such as microbial surveys, bioinformatics, meta-omics approaches, and community/host interaction modeling will be considered for publication. Through this collection of literature, Microbiome hopes to integrate researchers with common scientific objectives across a broad cross-section of sub-disciplines within microbial ecology.

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9. Microbiology and Molecular Biology Reviews

Microbiology and Molecular Biology Reviews Impact Factor (2020)

2020 Impact Factor: 11.056
5-year Impact Factor: 22.982
Immediacy Index: 2.769
Eigenfactor Score: 0.00780
Article Influence Score: 6.710

Journal Citation Indicator (JCI): 1.32
Total Citations in 2020: 15,205

Aim and Scopes

Microbiology and Molecular Biology Reviews® explores the significance and the interrelationships of the latest discoveries that build our understanding of bacteria, viruses, parasites, fungi, and other higher eukaryotes. Review articles enable both nonspecialists and specialists to understand the state of science and apply the latest findings to advance their own research.


  • Physiology and Enzymology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Chemistry; Biosynthesis
  • Ecology
  • Host-Parasite Relationships Leading to Disease
  • Cellular Biology
  • Virology

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10. ISME Journal

ISME Journal Impact Factor (2020)

2020 Impact Factor: 10.302
5-year Impact Factor: 12.284
Immediacy Index: 2.271
Eigenfactor Score: 0.04488
Article Influence Score: 3.506

Journal Citation Indicator (JCI): 2.82
Total Citations in 2020: 33,484

Aim and Scopes

The ISME Journal seeks to promote diverse and integrated areas of microbial ecology spanning the breadth of microbial life, including bacteria, archaea, microbial eukaryotes, and viruses. Contributions of broad biological interest and impact are especially encouraged. Topics of particular interest within the journal’s scope include those listed below:

  • Microbial population and community ecology
  • Microbe-microbe and microbe-host interactions
  • Evolutionary genetics
  • Integrated genomics and post-genomics approaches in microbial ecology
  • Microbial engineering
  • Geomicrobiology and microbial contributions to geochemical cycles
  • Microbial ecology and functional diversity of natural habitats
  • Microbial ecosystem impacts

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So, In conclusion, here are the list of the top 10 microbiology journals with the highest impact factors in 2020.

  1. Nature Reviews Microbiology, Impact Factor of 2020: 60.633
  2. Clinical Microbiology Reviews, Impact Factor of 2020: 26.132
  3. Cell Host and Microbe, Impact Factor of 2020: 21.023
  4. Nature Microbiology, Impact Factor of 2020: 17.745
  5. Trends in Microbiology, Impact Factor of 2020: 17.079
  6. FEMS Microbiology Reviews, Impact Factor of 2020: 16.408
  7. Annual Review of Microbiology, Impact Factor of 2020: 15.500
  8. Microbiome, Impact Factor of 2020: 14.650
  9. Microbiology and Molecular Biology Reviews, Impact Factor of 2020: 11.056
  10. ISME Journal, Impact Factor of 2020: 10.302

Journal Citation Reports (Clarivate Analytics)

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  1. Nature Reviews Microbiology
  2. Clinical Microbiology Reviews
  3. Cell Host and Microbe
  4. Nature Microbiology
  5. Trends in Microbiology
  6. FEMS Microbiology Reviews
  7. Annual Review of Microbiology
  8. Microbiome
  9. Microbiology and Molecular Biology Reviews
  10. ISME Journal
  11. Journal Citation Reports:

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