Bad Science and Scholarly Publishing The National with Peter Mansbridge, recently included coverage regarding the elements of scientific fraud, entit


Bad Science and Scholarly Publishing

The National with Peter Mansbridge, recently included coverage regarding the elements of scientific fraud, entitled “Cleaning up Bad Science”, which can be viewed here. The episode reviewed the importance of transparency, declaring conflicts of interest, and the serious repercussions of scientific misconduct, plagiarism and faking data. It also highlighted how bad science is sneaking into scientific record through predatory publishers.

Predatory publishers publish phony journals to exploit the fee for open-access model. These publishers fool researchers into thinking they are legitimate publications as they resemble an online scholarly journal, list an Editorial board, and claim that articles are peer-reviewed.

Jeffrey Beal, who was featured in The National piece “Cleaning Up Bad Science”, investigates these potentially shady practices that occur in open-access publishing. Jeffrey publishes the list of potential and probable predatory publishers here.

At Current Oncology, our goal is to publish high-quality research in order to educate professionals and share knowledge that will have an impact on the future practice of cancer medicine both within Canada and abroad. To help ensure that the articles we publish are of the highest standards, we have the following publishing practices in place:

• Clear editorial policies for authors for conflict of interest disclosures, authorship criteria, duplicate publication and concurrent submission, declaring sources of support, and informed consent
• A rigorous peer review process
• Place importance on quality of articles over quantity

The piece broadcast by The National serves as an important reminder to the scientific community that integrity, transparency and peer review are the cornerstones of scholarly publishing.


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Volume 23, Number 3 (June 2016)

The latest issue of Current Oncology is now available online. Please visit the following link to view full text articles from this issue:


Upcoming in Current Oncology

The future table of contents for Current Oncology, Volume 23, Number 4 (August 2016) is now available. For the most up-to-date listing of scheduled papers, please visit the following link:

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Naheed Dosani, MD, CCFP, BSc
Editor of our Palliative Care Section (since October 2015)

Dr Naheed Dosani is a passionate and respected advocate for marginalized & vulnerable populations with palliative needs. He serves as a Palliative Care Physician at the Inner City Health Associates (ICHA) and William Osler Health System (WOHS). He recently completed the Conjoint Palliative Medicine Residency Program at the University of Toronto and prior to that, a residency in inner-city Family Medicine, where he was elected by his peers as Chief Resident of St. Michael’s Hospital’s Family Medicine Residency Program. After completing his training, Dr Dosani founded PEACH (Palliative Education And Care for the Homeless), a mobile, street & shelter-based service aimed at providing palliative care for the homeless & vulnerably housed. Through PEACH, he provides Toronto’s most marginalized populations with compassionate care and a dignified approach to their end-of-life journeys.

More recently, he was awarded the 2015 Early Career Development Award by the College of Family Physicians of Canada. In addition, Dr Dosani is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at McMaster University and Sessional Lecturer in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Toronto Scarborough Campus (UTSC). He serves as Palliative Care Regional Medical Lead for Central West LHIN & Central West CCAC and as Section Editor for the peer-reviewed, Canadian based and internationally respected academic journal, Current Oncology.

Committed to addressing the social determinants of health, Dr Dosani sits on the Board of Directors of the Agincourt Community Services Association (ACSA) and as Vice-Chair of Health Providers Against Poverty (HPAP). He is an educator, researcher and advocate, focused on innovative and evidence-based solutions to reducing health disparities.

Check out Dr. Dosani’s TEDx Talk on end of life care for the homeless titled “What’s a Life Worth”?


New and Increased Impact Factor for Current Oncology

We are pleased to announce that Current Oncology’s 2015 Impact Factor has increased to 1.829! This is an increase from our 2014 Impact Factor of 1.785.

Our 2015 Impact Factor is a significant achievement for the journal, and demonstrates the increased recognition of Current Oncology in the field, and the improved relevance and quality of our articles. Thank you to our team of Editors, Section Editors, Reviewers and Authors for your valuable contribution to the journal.

Canadian Oncology Members: Promote your Work through @CurrentOncology

Are you presenting your Canadian study or results at a major Canadian or International Conference? Please let us know so we can help keep members of the Canadian oncology community updated on ongoing work of their peers through twitter. We encourage you to send details of the meeting and presentation topic to, so we can help spread the word.

Current Oncology Partners with Meetings across Canada

As Canada’s premier Oncology journal, we invite Oncology meetings, symposiums and conferences, from across Canada to partner with Current Oncology through a marketing exchange. The journal provides an excellent venue and opportunity to increase the visibility of your meeting to members of the Canadian oncology community. For further information about marketing exchange opportunities with Current Oncology please view our “Current Oncology Marketing Exchange Opportunities” information package, or contact Laura Hope.


Have you had the chance to view these Current Oncology “Most-Read” articles?

Most Read Articles in PubMed Central (May 2016)

Legalizing euthanasia or assisted suicide: the illusion of safeguards and controls
Pereira J.
Curr Oncol. 2011 Apr;18(2):e38-45

A legal right to die: responding to slippery slope and abuse arguments
Benatar D.
Curr Oncol. 2011 Oct;18(5):206-7

Management of arthralgias associated with aromatase inhibitor therapy
Thorne C.
Curr Oncol. 2007 Dec;14 Suppl 1:S11-9

Most Read Recently* Published Articles at

Use of cannabinoids in cancer care: palliative care
Aggarwal SK.
Curr Oncol. 2016 Mar;23(Suppl 2):S33-6. doi: 10.3747/co.23.2962. Epub 2016 Mar 16.

Use of the epidermal growth factor receptor inhibitors gefitinib, erlotinib, afatinib, dacomitinib, and icotinib in the treatment of non-small-cell lung cancer: a systematic review
Ellis PM, Coakley N, Feld R, Kuruvilla S, Ung YC
Curr Oncol. 2015 Jun;22(3):e183-215. doi: 10.3747/co.22.2566

Anticancer mechanisms of cannabinoids
Velasco G, Sánchez C, Guzmán M
Curr Oncol. 2016 Mar;23(Suppl 2):S23-32. doi: 10.3747/co.23.3080. Epub 2016 Mar 16.

*Published within past 12 months

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Children with cancer experience pain, often severe and prolonged, over the course of their disease and treatment. We are partnering with “The Centre for Pediatric Pain Research” based at the IWK Health Centre and a research team of internationally known health researchers and clinicians to bring the best research evidence about children’s cancer pain to parents who need it through social media.

Unfortunately, we know that children with cancer don’t always receive the best pain management possible, and that parents are often looking for more solutions at a time when they are stressed and exhausted. We cannot think of a better way to use our trusted CKN platform than to fast track evidence-based information to parents, allowing them to serve as powerful advocates to help improve their children's pain management.

We will be addressing this problem through a social media campaign for parents: “Making Cancer Less Painful for Kids” (#KidsCancerPain). The campaign is funded by a research grant from the Canadian Cancer Society. Over the next 12 months, we will be bringing parents the very best, cutting-edge research evidence about children’s cancer pain – what causes it, common myths, how to assess it, how to treat it, and more! And we’ll be sharing this information with parents in a series of blogs, videos, images, Facebook posts, and Twitter chats, all posted and shared on our website and social media. The research team will be studying the reach of the campaign and its impact on parents (see Parent Survey).

Please join us, and spread the word. You can find our campaign content over the next 12 months by following the hashtag #KidsCancerPain on our website and social media. Together, we are going to be “Making Cancer Less Painful for Kids”.


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