Oncotarget is a weekly peer-reviewed medical journal that began back in 2010. The main subject of the journal would be oncology and the journal has been thriving ever since its inception. The two editors are Mikhail Blagoskonny and Andrei V. Gudkov and the medical journal is published by Impact Journals.
When the journal was first being published, the take-off was slow. The journal started out as a monthly-published journal. But once it switched to weekly-based publications, the impact of the articles published were seen and felt in a broader sense. It was not until 2013 when the journal really began to show its impact. According to the Scimago Journal and Country Rank, Oncotarget was using about 7 citations per article written, which is almost two full citations than their current rate. And while the citation numbers may be down overall, in international citations the journal is continuing to grow from its slow start, increasing by over 9%. The Scimago Journal and County Rank also has Oncotarget as a top 50 Oncology based journal in their system.
ResearchGate, a journal ranking system, also has Oncotarget as an impactful journal. The overall rating from last year was a 3.45 RG Journal Impact Rating with an article influence rating of 1.72. Scientific journals can be impactful in a multitude of ways. For researchers, they can provide a source of information to aid their research. For students, they can be guides to the papers or projects they can be working on. Oncotarget is one of the premier journals in the field of Oncology and with the future of the field always changing, Oncotarget may be the leader.