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American Association for Cancer Research Journals Receive Top Rankings

June 26, 2013
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PHILADELPHIA — The journals of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) ranked in the top 24 percent of all oncology journals with regard to impact factor, according to the latest Journal Citation Reports from Thomson-Reuters, the industry-standard measurement report.

Nearly all the journals of the AACR saw a year-to-year increase in impact factor and total citations, according to the report. The report measured seven AACR journals. It did not measure Cancer Immunology Research, which launched earlier this year and was not included in the report.

AACR journals received 18.6 percent of all oncology peer-reviewed citations in 2012, while publishing 6.7 percent of the peer-reviewed literature.

Cancer Research, the oldest journal of the AACR, ranked first among oncology-specific journals in the number of total citations, a position it has held for the past 17 years. In terms of impact factor, it ranked 11th out of 196 oncology-specific journals. Of all 8,411 scientific peer-reviewed journals indexed, Cancer Research ranked 19th in total citations.

“We are tremendously excited by the results of this report, which show that the American Association for Cancer Research continues to be a pre-eminent leader in all fields of oncology research,” said Margaret Foti, Ph.D., M.D. (h.c.), chief executive officer of the AACR. “In addition, it is clear that our peer-reviewed journals are an authoritative vehicle for disseminating high-quality, innovative research findings among scientists. The AACR is committed to continuing to foster this exchange of knowledge, which is vital to accelerating progress in the prevention and cure of cancer.”

For complete AACR ranking information, go here.

Cancer Research is one of eight journals published by the AACR. The others are Cancer Discovery; Clinical Cancer Research; Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention; Molecular Cancer Research; Molecular Cancer Therapeutics; Cancer Prevention Research; and Cancer Immunology Research.

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About the American Association for Cancer Research
Founded in 1907, the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) is the world’s oldest and largest professional organization dedicated to advancing cancer research and its mission to prevent and cure cancer. AACR membership includes more than 34,000 laboratory, translational, and clinical researchers; population scientists; other health care professionals; and cancer advocates residing in more than 90 countries. The AACR marshals the full spectrum of expertise of the cancer community to accelerate progress in the prevention, biology, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer by annually convening more than 20 conferences and educational workshops, the largest of which is the AACR Annual Meeting with more than 18,000 attendees. In addition, the AACR publishes eight peer-reviewed scientific journals and a magazine for cancer survivors, patients, and their caregivers. The AACR funds meritorious research directly as well as in cooperation with numerous cancer organizations. As the scientific partner of Stand Up To Cancer, the AACR provides expert peer review, grants administration, and scientific oversight of team science and individual grants in cancer research that have the potential for near-term patient benefit. The AACR actively communicates with legislators and policymakers about the value of cancer research and related biomedical science in saving lives from cancer. For more information about the AACR, visit

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