Testimonial: Dr. Michael Andreeff

Below is a transcript of the testimonial by Dr. Michael Andreeff, from the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, about his experience publishing the paper, “Tumor Trp53 status and genotype affect the bone marrow microenvironment in acute myeloid leukemia,” with Oncotarget.

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Dr. Michael Andreeff

Oncotarget is a remarkable publication.

Dr. Blagosklonny has done an outstanding job swimming against the stream because most journals that have very fast turnaround times lack good peer review, and therefore the quality of papers is not good. This is different for Oncotarget due to its editor who has previously done this for cell cycle. And, consequently, he’s publishing excellent papers that people are eager to get out for a variety of reasons.

So, I think it’s an excellent model, but it completely depends on the quality of the editor and chief. There are so many junk journals and hundreds and hundreds of new journals that have no peer review. Therefore, the publications in these journals are not only useless, but dangerous, because most of the statements are probably flawed and will never be reproduced.

I personally like this particular journal, Oncotarget, and I will certainly continue to publish there, especially data that we need to get out. For instance, for filing patents or for particular grant purposes, where we don’t want to go through peer reviews that may easily last six to 12 months.

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