Top Journals in Biology & Medicine

The Special Libraries Association‘s BioMedical & Life Sciences Division conducted a poll to identify the 100 most influential journals of biology & medicine over the last 100 years.” The poll was conducted by selection panels for three areas: clinical medicine & allied health sciences, molecular and cellular biology (including journals of biotechnology), and natural history.

The top ten are listed here.
JAMA issue cover

    Clinical medicine & allied health sciences:

  • The New England Journal of Medicine
  • JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association
  • BMJ: The British Medical Journal (which beat out The Lancet by two votes)

Nature issue cover

    Molecular, cellular, and general science:

  • Science
  • Nature
  • Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA

Botany issue cover

    Natural history (Botany, Zoology, Anthropology and Paleontology):

  • The American Journal of Botany
  • The Journal of Zoology
  • The American Journal of Physical Anthropology (which finished in a three-way tie with the Journal of Human Evolution, and the American Journal of Human Biology, but then won according to tie-breaking rules on grounds of longevity)
  • The Journal of Paleontology

All of the top ten titles except for The American Journal of Physical Anthropology and the current year’s content of The Journal of Zoology are available to UWW students and staff, either through online databases or in Andersen Library’s first-floor periodicals collection.

About Barbara

I am a Reference & Instruction librarian, head of that department in Andersen Library, an associate professor, and a member of the General Education Review Committee and Faculty Senate. I've been working at UW-W since July 1, 1990.
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