Top 10 Largest Academic Journals in 2022

August 29, 2023

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OA and megajournals top the list

While it’s indisputable that the open access (OA) model has transformed the scholarly publishing landscape, some journals and publishers have benefited from this style more than others. Megajournals, large journals that take a more generalist approach than traditional, niche journals, have experienced some of the largest growth in terms of the numbers of articles published.

In 2022, the top 10 largest journals via publishing volume (we are not including conference proceedings or book series in this list) 1 were largely multidisciplinary, though their exact focus may vary a bit in scope. For example, some might consider IEEE Access multidisciplinary across computer science fields, while others might simply consider it a computer science journal.

Journal

2022 Publications

Publisher

Scientific Reports

22040

Nature Publishing Group

International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health

17100

MDPI

Sustainability

16974

MDPI

International Journal of Molecular Sciences

16218

MDPI

PLoS ONE

15886

Public Library of Science

Applied Sciences

13022

MDPI

Sensors

10024

MDPI

IEEE Access

9644

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

Energies

9643

MDPI

Molecules

9061

MDPI

If you’re wondering how this compares to the average journal in SJR’s database, we’ve calculated the median number of articles published for journals with both one- and three-year data available. The largest journals are orders of magnitude above these numbers.

The top journal based on the Scientific Journal Rankings (SJR), Scientific Reports, is also frequently the top trending journal in Peeref’s database2. It is interesting to note that most of the journals in this top 10 list also practice a more rolling style of publications, rather than a cyclical style.

If you were to look at the last three years of publication, rather than just 2022, our list would change slightly.

Journal

2019-2021 Publications

Publisher

Scientific Reports

64779

Nature Publishing Group

PLoS ONE

48047

Public Library of Science

IEEE Access

46081

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

Sustainability

31956

MDPI

International Journal of Molecular Sciences

29804

MDPI

International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health

28186

MDPI

Applied Sciences

26552

MDPI

Sensors

21590

MDPI

Science of the Total Environment

20676

Elsevier

Energies

20104

MDPI

The overall order changes: Molecules falls off the list, and Science of the Total Environment joins it. Interestingly, where the top three journals generally reflect a three-year total that is approximately triple the value of their 2022 publications, the six MPDI journals reflect a different trend. On average, their 2022 publications represent 51.9% of their three-year publication total.

Given that 60.7% of the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health’s three-year total occurred in 2022 according to SJR1, it will be interesting to continue to observe what their publication trend looks like after Clarivate’s delisting of the journal. Whether authors prefer high impact journals or begin to favor journals based on their publication processes and ethics will be quite telling when 2023 numbers are released.

References

  1. https://www.scimagojr.com/journalrank.php?order=titem&ord=desc
  2. https://www.peeref.com/journals
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