Oncotarget is a scientific platform dedicated to the submission of scientific papers that deal with the study of oncology and related topics. Even though the main topic focuses in the oncology research area, other topics can include articles about cardiology, immunology, microbiology, endocrinology, neuropathology, geotarget aging, cell biology, metabolism and other pertinent subjects.
Papers and articles are submitted to Oncotarget, and they are to follow the COPE code of conduct and Best Practice Guidelines by The Code of Conduct for Journal Publishers as well as Guidelines for Junior Editors at http://www.scimagojr.com/journalsearch.php?q=19900191708&tip=sid.
The Editors-in-Chief are Mikhail V. Blagosklonny and Andrei V. Gudkov of the Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, New York.
Manuscripts are submitted and evaluated mainly on their uniqueness and their relevancy to the overall needs of the scientific community and the conclusions that article brings forth. The evaluation on ResearchGate.net is conducted by editors who are peers in the field which gives credibility to the authenticity of the article and its content.
At least two reviewers will evaluate an article and these reviewers must be experts in the field of endeavor in which the article is speaking. The peer review system on oncotarget.com is important as it is important to know that the content of the manuscripts are thoroughly reviewed in-depth so that the subject matter is objectively reviewed and discussed.
The editors who review the articles, as well as the editorial staff, are not permitted to talk to anyone else except the authors about the subject matter or content of the paper.
The confidentiality of the papers ensures that there will be no other input into the actual content other than the authors.
Papers will not be accepted that contain any damaging information about others, political opinions, copyright infringement, fabrications of facts, falsification, or any plagiarism.
The objectivity of the peer reviewers Of Oncotarget is an important factor in the process, and other published documents that are relevant to the subject matter should be cited by the authors. There should also be mention of any published work that is similar or substantially similar to the submitted material.
If there is any conflict of interest among the peer reviewers, the issue should be brought to light and discussed with the editors and the editorial staff. Authors of the manuscripts should state their thesis clearly and come to a logical conclusion, with adequate citations and data to support their conclusions.
In conclusion, great care is taken to present authentic, well-researched topics, with the final results showing definite conclusions which add to the current body of information in a given area. The publisher of Oncotarget commits to the ethical and correct content of the publications and availability of the materials to the appropriate parties.