Top 10 skin cancer journals

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First Published: 
Jul 2021

Getting a daily dose of Vitamin D from the sun helps to build strong bones, teeth and muscles. But as we all know, there’s a fine balance between safe sun exposure and too much unprotected time in the sun causing sunburn and increasing the risk of skin cancer.

And with skin cancers such as melanoma, basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma continuing to affect significant numbers of people worldwide each year, keeping up to date with the latest research is important for health professionals.

So grab your sunglasses, sunhat, sunshade and sunscreen and check out some of the top skin cancer journals for 2021.

Journal metrics

Impact factor: is based on Web of Science data and only includes documents such as articles and reviews. It measures the average number of times an article is cited by other journal articles and documents. An impact factor of 3 or more is considered good, 1 is average. This list uses the 2-year impact factor from SCImago.

CiteScore: is based on Scopus data for all indexed documents, including articles, letters and editorials. Like impact factor, it measures the average citations received per document published in a journal over a 4-year time period.

Impact factor and CiteScore have the most meaning when used to compare journals within the same therapeutic area of subject. Many academics value a journal’s impact factor over its Citescore; therefore they will use the impact factor to rank other journals in the same field.

SCImago Journal Rank (SJR): measures the citations received from a journal but it also considers the importance of the journal where the citations have come from. This measurement can be helpful to rank journals within the same field and category.

Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP): measures citations weighted by subject field. A SNIP over 1.0 means a journal has more citations than average.

Ca: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians

Impact Factor: 126.338

CiteScore: 463.2

SJR: 62.937

SNIP: 143.645

It would be remiss to start a list of skin cancer publications without mentioning this top-ranked cancer journal. Ca: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians has been in publication since 1950 as the official journal of the American Cancer Society. Its readership includes all oncology health professionals and focuses on the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and other issues pertinent to people with cancer, including skin cancers such as melanoma and basal cell carcinoma.

The Lancet Oncology

Impact Factor: 8.899

CiteScore: 53.0

SJR: 13.530

SNIP: 9.914

Another well-ranked general oncology journal, The Lancet Oncology often features articles, comments and news related to skin cancer, particularly melanoma. Published in the United Kingdom by the Lancet Publishing Group.

American Journal of Clinical Dermatology

Impact Factor: 5.944

CiteScore: 9.6

SJR: 2.023

SNIP: 2.880

Published by Springer, the American Journal of Clinical Dermatology covers all areas of dermatology including research and articles focusing on skin cancer. Recent articles include therapy for high-risk melanoma and laser treatment for non-melanoma skin cancer.

Journal of Investigative Dermatology

Impact Factor: 4.296

CiteScore: 9.1

SJR: 1.951

SNIP: 1.537

The Journal of Investigative Dermatology is another general dermatology journal that includes research articles and other skin cancer content. It’s published monthly by Nature Publishing Group and includes some free access articles. The latest issue includes a commentary about the disparities in melanoma care and past issues include a range of melanocytes/melanoma original articles.

Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology

Impact Factor: 3.488

CiteScore: 7.4

SJR: 1.965

SNIP: 2.276

The Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology is the official journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. It includes peer-reviewed articles, continuing medical education content and practice guidelines. Some of its content is open access.

Pigment Cell and Melanoma Research

Impact Factor: 3.261

CiteScore: 5.9

SJR: 1.618

SNIP: 1.054

Pigment Cell and Melanoma Research is the official journal of the International Federation of Pigment Cell Societies and the Society for Melanoma Research. As its name implies, the journal focuses on publishing content related to diseases of pigment cells and the causes, progression and treatment of melanoma. Each issue is published bi-monthly and includes some free access articles.

Melanoma Research

Impact Factor: 2.871

CiteScore: 5.9

SJR: 1.072

SNIP: 0.888

For everything melanoma related, healthcare professionals can’t go past Melanoma Research. The journal is published 6 times a year and has a broad focus of melanoma care, including pathophysiology, molecular biology and advances in cancer care to help prevent, diagnose and treat melanoma.

JAMA Dermatology

Impact Factor: 2.815

CiteScore: 9.8

SJR: 2.128

SNIP: 2.897

JAMA Dermatology is another general dermatology journal that regularly publishes content for healthcare professionals working within the skin cancer field. New content is published online every week and in print 12 times per year, and from the journal’s homepage you can also listen to JAMA Dermatology podcasts. The journal is published by the American Medical Association.

British Journal of Dermatology

Impact Factor: 2.478

CiteScore: 11.6

SJR: 2.304

SNIP: 2.367

Published by Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd, the British Journal of Dermatology publishes clinical guidelines, research reviews, articles, case reports and other content that focuses on skin diseases, including skin cancer, to improve patient outcomes. Recent articles include different pathways for developing melanoma by body site and melanoma genomics.

Journal of Skin Cancer

Impact Factor: 1.182

CiteScore: 2.2

SJR: 0.309

SNIP: 0.555

The Journal of Skin Cancer provides open access to its published content that focuses on clinical and translational skin cancer research. Recent review articles include a systemic review about the effectiveness of sun protection interventions for adolescents and the impact of general surgery on keratinocyte skin cancers.


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Sarah Cahill
Sarah Cahill is a freelance medical writer. Sarah worked as a nurse for 14 years before a career shift into writing, first working for a medical communications company and then founding Sayline Writing Solutions in 2018. She specialises in plain English medical and health writing.
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