Oncotarget is a weekly medical journal that is published twice weekly. Specializing in oncology the journal has been open-access to enable more people to make use of it. A publication of Impact Journals, Oncotarget was launched in 2010 and has Mikhail Blagosklonny and Andrei V. Gudkov of Roswell Park Cancer Institute as the chief editors. Operating under Creative Commons 3.0 License, the journal has been rated to have had an impact factor of 5.16 in the year 2016.The journal’s administrators announced on the journal’s official website that due to increased demand and circulation that the journal would get published twice weekly – Tuesdays and Fridays.
The auditors attribute the rising impact factor of the journal to insightful, constructive multiple peer-review articles that have enabled the contributing researchers to improve the impact size of their research. Oncotarget is ranked top among oncology journals by Scimago Journal and Country Rank (SJR) The ranking, which compared 50 publications, showed Oncotarget leading with over 6300 documents published in 2016 followed by followed by Oncology Letters with 2545 documents. Molecular Medicine Reports ranks third with 1475 papers while Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention comes fourth with 1068 papers. The ranking also considers other aspects such as the total number of times the articles in the journal have been cited by other authors and even the average number every document has been mentioned.
Oncotarget publishers say that their mission is ‘to make scientific results rapidly and widely available’ and to attain maximum impact levels of research by the use of insightful peer-reviews. The website also describes the journal as free-access, multidisciplinary and traditional in approach. The publication is released online, but the editors say that hard copies can get produced on demand. By this, they hope to facilitate quick sharing of remarkable discoveries. The journal further expects to create a link between biomedical fields and eliminate the divide between various boundaries. Also, the publication hopes to champion the application of fundamental and advanced scientific interventions to alleviate disease and promote health.Being under the leadership of senior scientists the publication aims at attaining life devoid of disease.