The Turkish Journal of Cancer realizes another major
innovation in the year 2003.
With this issue, entire publication procedures, from
submission of the manuscript to the peer reviews and
final publication will be processed electronically.
The Journal; when first published semi-annually in
1969 in Turkish language as “KANSER” was the only
scientific cancer journal in Turkey. For over 10 years,
this Journal remained as a platform to communicate the
scientific informations and the results of the researches
conducted in Turkey to the oncologists in this country
and abroad (Figure 1).
Pursuing the first National Cancer Congress in Turkey,
in 1975, our editorial board has decided to publish the
journal in English as well as in Turkish in separate issues
in order to open a wider global window to the outside
world for the Turkish oncologists (Figures 2 and 3).
Figure 1: Kanser Journal published from 1969 to 1975
Figure 2: Journal published in English as well as in Turkish in separate issues from 1975 to 1980
Figure 3: Journal published in English as well as in Turkish in
separate issues from 1975 to 1980
Another major step was taken in 1980 by the editorial
board to change the format and the name of the KANSER
journal to TURKISH JOURNAL OF CANCER and
publish it this time quarterly in English language only
). This decision was based mainly on the fact
that other cancer journals in Turkish have begun to be
published in Turkey and therefore the Turkish version
of our journal was no longer a necessity.
Figure 4: The Turkish Journal of Cancer published from 1980 to 2003
Although the Turkish Journal of Cancer was sent to
the major overseas cancer centers and libraries, the
inclusion of our journal into the international indices
was necessary to reach to a broader groups of readers.
Indeed this innovation facilitated the inclusion of the
Turkish Journal of Cancer in Excerpta Medica (EMBASE),
one of the major scientific index; some other
indices, no longer available to date, such as Cancer Line
and Cancerlit followed.
The Turkish Journal of Cancer remained to be the only peer reviewed cancer journal published in English
in Turkey until now as an important scientific platform
of communication for the oncologists throughout the
world. Timely reviews of important topics by the internationally
renowned experts and the research experiences
from many scientists abroad were published from time
At the beginning of the year 2002, the Turkish Journal
of Cancer had a website (www.turkjcancer.org) in which
the journal could be reached in full pages; including the
abstracts of the articles for last 10 years. The interest
shown to its availability through website, encouraged
us to initiate the full electronic processing of the publication.
Our scientific contributors can now forward their
manuscripts through our website, which will be reviewed
the same way by our reviewers, and published if accepted.
Together with this recent innovation, we have also
renewed our editorial board, including many new members from Turkey and overseas and have changed the
format of our journal in order to publish a greater number
of submitted manuscripts in a shorter time than our
existing 6 months average time from the submission to
the final publication (Figure 5).
Figure 5: The new format of the Turkish Journal of Cancer
We plan to continue to publish the Turkish Journal
of Cancer quarterly, also in printed form until the time
comes when the printed version will be no longer necessary.
Our journal have progressed continuously for the
last decades, thanks to the interest and encouragement
of our readers. Your lasting scientific supports and
contributions will enable us to render even better services
to the entire oncology community at home and abroad.