Oncotarget is best described as an online database for oncology and cancer research. It is an online platform that publishes outstanding research papers on cancer and oncology. Articles are published on a weekly basis and outstanding papers can be printed for special demand.
However, the journal is not limited to these fields alone as it also publishes research on related fields including pathology, immunology, physiology, and endocrinology.
Information as a Weapon
The main goal of Oncotarget is to share information that is instrumental to the eradication of cancer and age-related illnesses. It aims to expedite the progress already being made against these diseases by making information quickly and easily available. To this end, anyone can contribute to the journal or refer to the articles already published without any hindrance.
Oncotarget has been operational since it was established in 2010. It is headed by accomplished scientists and authoritative figures in oncology and other related fields. Over the years its focus has widened to include other fields of research associated with aging and oncology; this is in line with the journal’s goal of eliminating the boundaries between specialties.
A Platform for Everyone
Anyone can post a research paper on Oncotarget, but the research first has to be reviewed by the editors and other researchers. It is published by Impact Journals and Dove Press. The journal’s editors in chief are Andrei Gudkov and Mikhail Blagosklonny. Mikhail Blagosklonny, in particular, is a respected authority in the field of oncology and aging. He is a professor of oncology at the Roswell Park Center Institute and an editor for many other journals and books.
In spite of the fact that Oncotarget is an open-access medical journal, every author gets to retain ownership of their research’s copyright. The journal applies the Creative Commons Attribution License to all the articles published on the platform. Under the guidelines the articles’ original authors must be cited by anyone reusing or modifying the research.
However, authors do not have to be consulted by other researchers seeking to use their work. This is in line with the journal’s goal of facilitating quick and easy sharing of information. Nevertheless, the latter have to clarify the license terms under which the article was published.