Focus on Oncotarget Peer-Reviewed Open Access medical Journal

Oncotarget refers to a weekly free-access journal that is peer-reviewed and covers all research touching on oncology. This medical journal was launched in 2010.

Impact Journals usually publishes the journal. The chief editors are Andrei V. Gudkov from Roswell Park Cancer Institute and Mikhail Blagosklonny.

Making Scientific Results Rapid and Widely Available

Oncortarget offers scientific results and papers free in order to enable exceptional discoveries known by many and shared quickly. The journal makes it possible for every paper or issue to be printed on special demand.

The journal aims at eliminating the border that exists between specialties. It also aims at helping all researches contribute their share for science to progress.

Impact Factor

An impact factor (IF) refers to a measure that reflects the annual number of citations to the recent articles published in a journal. The impact factor is often used as a proxy to show the relevant importance of a certain journal in a particular field.

Journals with a higher impact factor are considered to be more important than those that have lower IF. The Journal Citation Reports show that Oncotarget has an impact factor of 5.008 (3.757 without the journal self cites) for 2015.

About the Study Showing that E-Cigarettes can Cause Damage to Gum Tissue

A study conducted by the University of Rochester Medical Center seems to suggest that e-cigarettes pose a danger to gum tissues just like conventional cigarettes.

Dove Press revealed that the study was published on Oncotarget and overseen by the professor of Environmental Medicine, Irfan Rahman, Ph.D., University of Rochester Medicine and Dentistry School. It is the first ever study to address the detrimental effect of e-cigarettes on oral health on molecular and cellular levels.

E-cigarettes are considered as the healthier alternative to conventional cigarettes and that explains their growing popularity. However, scientists all along believed that cigarette smoke was to blame for poor oral health but this study proves otherwise.

How do E-cigarettes affect Oral Health?

According to the study, the vapors emanating from the e-cigarette causes the mouth cells to release the inflammatory proteins which aggravates stress within the cells leading to their damage. The damage leads to a number of oral diseases.

The full extent of damage to the oral cavity and gums will be determined by how often and much a person smokes the e-cigarettes. The study further found that the different flavorings of e-cigarettes cause worse damage to the oral cavity and gums. E-cigarettes also contain nicotine which is a well known for its contribution to gum diseases.