I have often seen in the past journals publishing on climate change and then being cited as evidence for something when those journals and their papers really are a nothing but a detriment to one’s reputation. Such an example can be found here. This list of papers that supposedly support skeptic arguments (some don’t, some do) cites a publishing company (Scientific Research) that is known to publish “junk science” and whose journals are not a reliable source of information (despite their being peer-reviewed.) This is just one example, and if anyone would like to point me to others, go right ahead. But I always cringe whenever I see someone using such a company’s papers to support their position. Why not simply cite papers from respected and high-impact journals to support your position (there are quite a few)? Most of these journals actually are good resources for peer-reviewed papers for both climate realists and alarmists, as they tend to publish papers supporting both points of view (despite the shrill assertions of some skeptics).
But now to the purpose of this resource. Below is a list (in no particular order) of mainly high-impact (somewhat so, usually above a 1.5 impact factor according to Thomson Reuters), peer-reviewed, and reliable journals that frequently publish about some aspect of climate science, which is a multidisciplinary science that includes geophysics, solar physics, biology, meteorology, atmospheric science, oceanography, and many other fields of study. However, it is important to note that certain journals are excluded from this list because they don’t regularly publish on climate science, despite their reliability and high level respect among the science community. If you want to come to me to try to prove something using a scientific paper, try to make it one of these or at least another one I would regard as reliable.
In addition, journals not on this list that are published by the organizations who publish journals on this list may still be reliable, even if they don’t publish on climate change often.
As with all my working lists, it may be incomplete and reasonable new suggestions are welcome. Also, if you want it off the list and have a reasonable argument for why and what I should do with it feel free to tell me.
As a last note to those who are interested in further knowledge about journals publishing in climate science, I would recommend this list.
Nature Geoscience – Publishes on more than just climate science but still has a good amount of high-impact papers on climate science. Published by NPG.
Nature Climate Change – Very similar to Journal of Climate in that it publishes virtually only high-impact papers on climate science, except this time it’s even more constrained to a certain field: climate change science. Published by NPG.
Nature Communications – It’s similar to Scientific Reports in that it’s published by NPG, publishes many papers on climate science (but many other fields as well) and is open access.
Scientific Reports – Publishes many papers on climate science as well as other subjects and is open access. Published by NPG.
Science Advances – Though climate science is not the main focus of this journal, they do publish on it relatively frequently and since it’s published by the AAAS, it’s reliable. In addition, it’s open access.
Journal of Geophysical Research – Atmospheres (JGR) – Similar to Geophysical Research Letters but doesn’t publish a ton of papers on anything other than atmospheric science, hence the name. Published by the AGU.
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) – PNAS doesn’t publish very many papers on climate science per issue but the ones they do publish are very high impact. Published by the NAS (National Academy of Sciences).
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society (BAMS) – Publishes a few (usually at least one) high-impact articles on climate science per issue. Published by the AMS (American Meteorological Society).
Journal of Climate – This journal is only about climate, so of course it publishes virtually only on climate science. Published by the AMS.
Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology – Similar to Journal of Climate, but this time it’s about applied climatology in addition to applied meteorology, so naturally there are fewer articles on climate science. Published by the AMS.