Top 10 Skin Cancer Journals

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First Published: 
Jul 2021
Jan 2024

Key Learnings contained in this article:

Need to get your hands on the latest research and perspectives on skin cancer but not sure where to look? Well, we have done the legwork for you.

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 which can cause sunburn and increase the risk of skin cancer.

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.

Here you will find the top 10 skin cancer journals ranked by the 2-year Journal Impact Factor (2-JIF) – a measure of the frequency with which the articles within the journal are cited in a particular 2-year period. We have also included some other factors for each journal in our assessment to round off the picture.

Journal Metrics

Impact factor*

The Journal Impact Factor (JIF) is based on Web of Science data and only includes documents such as articles and reviews. The JIF helps to understand the importance of how often articles are cited by addressing the bias that arises from comparing citation numbers. This bias tends to advantage bigger journals over smaller ones, those published more often over those with fewer issues, and older journals over newer ones. This is because larger or older journals usually have more articles to be cited. By considering the impact factor, we can more fairly compare journals by taking into account these differences in size, publication frequency, and age. A JIF of 3 or more is considered good and 1 is average.


CiteScore is based on Scopus data for all indexed documents, including articles, letters and editorials, as well as articles and reviews. The CiteScore for a particular year is calculated by dividing the number of citations to all indexed documents within the journal from that year and the three preceding years by the total number of documents published in the journal within that same period.

*Impact factor and CiteScore have the most meaning when used to compare journals within the same therapeutic area. 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)

The SCImago Journal Rank (SJR) indicator evaluates the prestige of academic journals by considering not only the number of citations a journal receives but also the prestige of the journals that issue these citations. An SJR >1.0 is above average. This measurement can be helpful to rank journals within the same field and category.

Source Normalised Impact per Paper (SNIP)

Source Normalised Impact per Paper (SNIP) weights citations based on the total number of citations in a subject field to provide a contextual, subject-specific metric. A SNIP over 1.0 means a journal has more citations than average.

Other Journal considerations

In addition to SJR ranking and journal impact factor, a good quality journal generally has the following characteristics:

  1. It is indexed on PubMed, Google Scholar, Scopus, Web of Science or another reputable journal index.
  2. It has an up-to-date website, a clear scope, extensive information for authors and readers, and a publicly visible editorial board consisting of appropriately qualified board members affiliated with accredited universities and research institutions.
  3. Each article is assigned a Digital Object Identifier (DOI).

Top 10 Skin Cancer Journals

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Ca-A Cancer Journal for Clinicians

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.

Cancer Cell

Cancer Cell is published by Cell Press and focuses on groundbreaking research in cancer biology, treatment, and patient care. This peer-reviewed journal is essential for oncologists, researchers, and clinicians, offering open access to its articles. Recent publications explore innovative approaches to understanding and treating cancer, making it a pivotal resource for advancements in oncology.

Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology

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.

British Journal of Dermatology

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.

American Journal of Clinical Dermatology

Published by Springer, the American Journal of Clinical Dermatology covers all areas of dermatology including research 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

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 open access articles.

Pigment Cell and Melanoma Research

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 open access articles.

Experimental Dermatology

Experimental Dermatology publishes cutting-edge research in dermatology and skin disease, as a monthly journal affiliated with the Association of Dermatological Foundations (ADF). It features peer-reviewed articles on innovative studies aimed at advancing the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of skin conditions, serving as a vital resource for dermatology professionals.

Melanoma Management

Melanoma Management is a peer-reviewed journal that addresses the comprehensive management of melanoma, from innovative treatment approaches to diagnostic imaging. With an impact factor of 3.6 in 2022 and supporting open access, it provides essential insights for improving patient care and outcomes in melanoma treatment and research.

Melanoma Research

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 on melanoma care, including pathophysiology, molecular biology and advances in cancer care to help prevent, diagnose and treat melanoma.

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How to Stay Up-to-Date with Skin Cancer Research Developments

For pharma professionals and researchers working in the field of skin cancer, it is vital to stay abreast of the latest research advancements. To stay on top you might:

  • Consider subscribing to our newsletter and receive updates to our top journal lists as well as other relevant industry and therapeutic developments as they happen.
  • Register for an account with your selected journal to get direct access to new research as it's published.
  • Customise an RSS feed for your selected journals to also further streamline the process, delivering the latest papers and articles directly to your digital doorstep.
  • Setting up a Google alert with skin cancer research keywords to capture relevant news and studies from across the web.
  • Lastly, don't underestimate the power of social media; by following the publishers and journals in the field, you'll tap into a community of shared knowledge and discourse.

* Article originally written by Sarah Cahill and published in 2021, updated by Beth Howe and the Rx Team for 2024!


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Beth Howe
Medical Writer
Bachelors in Biomedical Sciences, Bachelors in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Beth Howe is a passionate medical writer and member of the Australasian Medical Writers Association. With a degree from Victoria University of Wellington, she began her career during the COVID-19 pandemic, aiming to combat misinformation with factual scientific communication. Specialising in transforming complex research into accessible content, Beth's work spans from research manuscripts to informative health articles.
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