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A List of High-Impact Medical Education Journals

Osmosis Team
Published on Feb 10, 2020. Updated on Sep 15, 2020.

Medical education research improves teaching and training strategies, helps determine effective policies for the field, and shapes the future of clinical practice. If you work as a medical educator, you likely want to conduct original research and publish it in high-impact journals. Why? Because it advances the field and offers you other benefits such as:

  • Improving the reputation and prestige of the institution where you work.

  • Creating opportunities for you to become a tenure-track professor and advance towards becoming a full professor.

  • Growing into a thought leader in your field who receives invitations to speak at important conferences and workshops.

There are dozens of medical education journals to which you can submit your next research manuscript. And, as a result, understanding the ins and outs of these publications can be difficult.

That’s why, to help you identify the right home for your future research, we’ve compiled a list of high-impact medical education journals below.



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The most important medical education journals

Academic Medicine

Impact factor: 5.083 (source: journal website)

Frequency: 12 issues per year

Overview: This leading peer-reviewed journal, published by the Association of American Medical Colleges, focuses on research topics that impact academic medicine such as “education and training issues; health and science policy; institutional policy, management, and values; research practice; and clinical practice in academic settings.” It was first published in 1926.

Medical Education

Impact factor: 4.619 (source: journal website)

Frequency: 12 issues per year

Overview: Medical Education is a peer-reviewed journal that publishes research on faculty development, teaching methods, curriculum design, assessments, and other topics. It makes publishing decisions on most papers in about eight weeks.

Advances in Health Sciences Education

Impact factor: 2.761 (source: journal website)

Frequency: 5 issues per year

Overview: Advances in Health Sciences Education focuses on research that reviews “important developments” in health education, and invites researchers to submit papers that discuss new technologies and teaching strategies.

Medical Teacher: An International Journal of Education in the Health Sciences

Impact factor: 2.355 (source: journal website)

Frequency: 12 issues per year

Overview: The Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE) publishes this journal. It features research on topics like teaching methods and assessment strategies that affect health education faculty and administrators.

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Top medical journals that also publish medical education research

The New England Journal of Medicine

Impact factor: 70.67 (source: journal website)

Frequency: 52 issues per year

Overview: Published for over 200 years, The New England Journal of Medicine aims to bring the best research to clinicians and health educators. It has the highest impact factor of any general medical journal in the world.

JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association

Impact factor: 51.3 (source: journal website)

Frequency: 48 issues per year

Overview: JAMA is one of the world’s leading peer-reviewed medical journals. It also has the world’s largest audience for a general medical journal (277,000 print journal recipients, 1.6 million electronic alert recipients, 27 million annual website visits). JAMA’s editors publish research on a wide variety of medical topics, including medical education.

The Lancet

Impact factor: 59.102 (source: journal website)

Frequency: 52 issues per year

Overview: The Lancet publishes research on every major medical topic and practice area, including oncology, neurology, psychiatry, infectious diseases, and others (including medical education). It began in 1823 and looks to publish studies with findings that can improve human lives.

PLOS Medicine

Impact factor: 11.675 (source)

Frequency: Continuous

Overview: This widely-read, peer-reviewed open access journal publishes studies that look at the “biomedical, environmental, social and political determinants of health.” It has featured many different papers focused on medical education. 

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Other impactful medical education journals

Teaching and Learning in Medicine

Impact factor: 2.216 (source: journal website)

Frequency: 5 issues per year

Overview: Teaching and Learning in Medicine is a medical education journal focused on a global audience. It publishes research on premedical, postgraduate, and continuing medical education in five different categories: Groundwork, Validation, Investigations, Educational Case Reports, Observations.

Journal of Medical Ethics

Impact factor: 2.195 (source: journal website)

Frequency: 12 issues per year

Overview: This journal presents articles and research on medical ethics. It encourages clinicians, researchers, legislators, and patients to consider ethics in healthcare and the policies that affect it.

Medical Science Educator: The Journal of the International Association of Medical Science Educators

Impact factor: 1.7 (source: University of Louisville)

Frequency: 5 issues per year

Overview: The International Association of Medical Science Educators publishes this journal. It includes studies and opinions that teach “the scientific skills which are fundamental to modern medicine and health, including basic science education, clinical teaching and the incorporation of modern education technologies.

Medical Education Online

Impact factor: 1.039 (source: journal website)

Frequency: 1 issue per year

Overview:Medical Education Online publishes peer-reviewed feature articles (opinion pieces), research articles, and trend articles (brief pieces that share innovative ideas or initial research results). It accepts articles on every topic related to medical education such as basic science education, residency education, problem-based learning, faculty development, student assessment, and others.

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Open-access medical education journals

BMC Medical Education

Impact factor: 2.317 (source: journal website)

Overview: This open access journal features peer-reviewed research, and it focuses on several special topic areas: “curriculum development, evaluations of performance, assessment of training needs and evidence-based medicine.

MedEdPORTAL: The Journal of Teaching and Learning Resources

Impact factor: No impact factor (source: journal website)

Overview: The AAMC and American Dental Education Association publish this peer-reviewed open access journal together. Each publication is a “complete teaching or learning module”.

Journal of Medical Education and Curricular Development

Impact factor: Unable to find an impact factor

Overview: The Journal of Medical Education and Curricular Development is a peer-reviewed publication that offers swift research reviews and open access to its articles. It includes research that covers the entire medical education landscape.

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Journals focused on graduate and continuing medical education

The Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions

Impact factor: 1.265 (source: journal website)

Frequency: 4 issues per year

Overview: The Alliance for Continuing Education in the Health Professions, the Association for Hospital Medical Education, and the Society for Academic Continuing Medical Education publish this journal. It presents research on theories, teaching methods, and policies that impact continuing health education.

Journal of Graduate Medical Education

Impact factor: Unable to find an impact factor

Frequency: 6 issues per year

Overview: This journal is published by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, and its mission is to share peer-reviewed research that improves graduate medical education.

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The importance of high-impact research

No journal on this list or elsewhere will publish your research if it’s not original, high-impact work. So, always make your first priority answering meaningful research questions via studies with sound operational design.

If you know of a high-impact medical education journal that isn’t already on this list, and you’d like us to add it, please email [email protected] and we will do so.

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