Oncotarget is a peer-reviewed medical journal on oncology. It is published weekly. The editors-in-chief of Oncotarget are Andrei Gudkov and Mikhail Blagosklonny. Blagosklonny is a professor of oncology at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute and has conducted research on anti-aging and cancer. Gudkov also works at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute and is the Senior Vice President of Basic Research. They founded the paper in 2010. It is recognized as one of the top journals in the world.
Oncotarget now publishes articles on multiple disciplines including pathology, aging, autophagy, immunology, and microbiology. This is because the editors noted that some other fields are connected to oncology. Oncotarget is an international journal and accepts papers from all over the world.
Oncotarget was the first to publish the article that showed the adverse effects of e-cigarettes on oral health on DovePress.com. This came as a shocker to most since it was previously thought that it was the cigarette smoke that was harmful to the health of smokers. The study showed that vapors from the e-cigarette cause stress in the cells because of the inflammatory proteins that are released. It is this stress on the cells that may lead to oral diseases. The paper at https://twitter.com/oncotargetjrnl also showed that the damage was worse when one used flavored e-cigarettes.
Another article that was published by Oncotarget was on MET amplification and whether it was a potential therapeutic to gastric cancer. The scientists on Facebook started out by determining the prevalence of MET amplification. They used a PCR-based copy number and then confirmed the result using FISH analysis. They performed the test on samples that were obtained during surgery. The tests showed that there was a prevalence of less than 2% which means that MET amplification can only identify a small number of patients who respond to MET-TKIs. The test also showed how PCR copy numbers could be used to determine the people who will require MET-amplification to be done on them.
The mission of the journal is to spread scientific results widely and fast. This is made possible because it is released online and it is open-access on scijournal.org. This means that anyone can access it from anywhere around the world. Scientists from Japan published the paper on MET amplification.