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Oncotarget: Improving Research And Propelling It Forward

Oncotarget is an open access medical journal that contains papers on research in oncology. Oncology is the study of diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of cancer. It was started six years ago by Mikhail Blagosklonny and Andrei Gudkov. They also serve as the editors-in-chief of the journal. Gudkov is the vice president of research at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute whereas Blagosklonny is a professor of oncology there. Gudkov is also a Professor and the Garman Family Chair in Cell Stress Biology at https://www.researchgate.net/journal/1949-2553_Oncotarget.

Oncotarget is published by Impact Journals which also publishes Oncoscience, Aging, and Genes & Cancer. The journal on msubmit.net is abstracted and indexed in publications such as Scopus, BIOSIS Previews, and PubMed. The impact factor of Oncotarget is one of the highest that any journal in publication has. It has had an average of 5.41 since it was started. It had one of 5.008 last year. This has been attributed to the quality that the journal maintains through its peer-review system on endnote.com. The archives can be found on the site of the Oncotarget and also on the site of the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI). One can search through the issues to find the paper(s) that they are looking for on both sites.

Oncotarget has only published articles on oncology for a long time. They realized that oncology is connected with other fields. They now accept articles in several areas including metabolism, aging, cell, molecular biology, and endocrinology. Oncotarget has been able to improve the speed through which research is put out into the world since it is published on a weekly basis. This has helped researchers to get a platform where they do not have to wait for a long time for their research to be released to the public. It is also free to access online which means that scientific results can be accessed from anywhere and by anyone all over the world. This has helped scientists to collaborate and to make scientific discoveries faster. It has contributed to eliminating borders between different fields because the paper does not publish articles in one field only.

Oncotarget has published ground-breaking research including the article that showed that E-cigarettes could eventually cause damage to the gum tissue. This damage increased with the use of flavored e-cigs.