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About Cancer Research


Cancer Research publishes impactful original studies, reviews, and opinion pieces of high significance to the broad cancer research community. Cancer Research seeks manuscripts that offer conceptual or technological advances leading to basic and translational insights into cancer biology. Manuscripts that focus on convergence science, the bridging of two or more distinct areas of cancer research, are of particular interest. The main scope of the journal is captured in its primary subsections:

General Criteria for Studies Considered by the Journal

  • Manuscripts containing findings that significantly move the field of cancer research forward.
  • A potentially generalizable, broadly impactful conclusion, or an incisive rationale that could interest a broad audience.
  • Results that have not been previously published in another tumor, cell line, or organoid model.
  • Studies that include a clearly written title and abstract that communicate the study's impact to non-experts.
  • Development or demonstration of a technological method that will greatly facilitate one or more areas of cancer research; such studies must demonstrate the potential of the approach by providing new biological insights to be considered.
  • Studies with a high level of rigor and reproducibility of the methodologic approach at the time of submission:
    • Multiple models
    • Inclusion of age/sex as a variable
    • Orthogonal approaches to support a hypothesis
    • Proper controls
    • Current techniques

Manuscript Submission

Cancer Research welcomes submissions of primary research, review and commentary article types as well as letters to the editor. For descriptions and length requirements of the article types available to submitting authors, see the journal’s Categories of Articles.

The AACR Journals all use a similar Editorial Process and adhere to the same overarching Editorial Policies, both of which are detailed in the Information for Authors. These instructions contain important guidelines on authorship, publishing ethics, availability of materials and data, and data analysis and reporting. Authors should be familiar with these instructions prior to submitting their work to the journal.

Manuscripts are stringently reviewed for high standards of scientific merit, and only those that report results of novel, timely, and broadly-significant research are accepted for publication.

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Journal Metrics

Cancer Research is the second-most frequently cited cancer journal in the world. For detailed metrics about Cancer Research and the other AACR journals see AACR Journals Metrics.

Editors and Editorial Board

Editorial oversight of Cancer Research and decisions on manuscripts submitted to the journal are the responsibility of the Editorial Board with support from journal staff. See Editorial Board for more information.

Copyright, Permissions and Access

Material published in Cancer Research is covered and protected by copyright. An author can either formally transfer copyright to the AACR, and be granted considerable reuse rights, or can publish an article as open access under a Creative Commons license. The final typeset version of every published article is rendered freely accessible 12 months after publication. In addition, the AACR assists authors in satisfying major funder Open Access archiving mandates by depositing the accepted author version of their article in a designated public repository. For additional details about all these topics, see Copyright, Permissions and Access.

Publication Fees

To defray publication costs and to support other AACR programs, publication in Cancer Research involves the payment of a base publication fee and an additional fee for each display item. If no financial support exists, authors may apply for a waiver of the fixed publication fee at the time of submission. See Publication Fees for further details.

Journal Information

Cancer Research (CR) (Print ISSN: 0008-5472; Online ISSN: 1538-7445) is published twice a month, one volume/year, by the American Association for Cancer Research, Inc. (AACR).

Cancer Research is abstracted and/or indexed in BIOSIS Previews (R) Database, MEDLINE, Current Contents/Life Sciences, Current Contents/Clinical Medicine, Science Citation Index, Scopus, and Web of Science.

Paper requirements statement The journal is printed on paper that meets the requirements of ANSI/NISO Z39.48-1992 (Permanence of Paper).

Back Issues and Single Issue Sales

Subject to availability, single or back issues of Cancer Research may be purchased for $60 per copy in the U.S. or $65 per copy outside the U.S. For more information, contact:

AACR Publications Sales & Marketing Department
American Association for Cancer Research
615 Chestnut Street, 17th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19106-4404
Phone: (215) 440-9300; or Toll Free: (855) 744-4667
E-mail: [email protected]


Cancer Research Editorial Office
American Association for Cancer Research  |  Publications Division
615 Chestnut Street  |  17th Floor  |  Philadelphia, PA 19106-4404
Phone: (215) 440-9300  |  Fax: (215) 440-9354  |  E-mail:  [email protected]

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