Breast Disease

An International Journal


41, 1 issues

Latest issue

41:1 online 03 December 2021

Next issue

42:1 scheduled for January 2023

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From volume 10, 1998

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Aims & Scope

Breast Disease is a peer-reviewed journal publishing papers on topics such as basic cellular and molecular biology, epidemiology, genetics, clinical research, imaging, and social and legal issues. The journal publishes research articles and reviews.

Breast Disease publishes review issues devoted to an in-depth analysis of the scientific and public implications of recent research on a specific problem in breast cancer. Thus, the reviews will not only discuss recent discoveries but will also reflect on their impact in breast cancer research or clinical management.

The ongoing work in the field of breast cancer inevitably will hasten discoveries that will have impact on patient outcome. The breadth of this research that spans basic science, clinical medicine, epidemiology, and public policy poses difficulties for investigators. Not only is it necessary to be facile in comprehending ideas from many disciplines, but also important to understand the public implications of these discoveries.

The editorial team believes that Breast Disease will be a timely and important addition to the information needs of scientists, clinicians, and policy makers.

Editorial Board

Editorial Office


Founding Editor

Edison T. Liu, MD
President and CEO of The Jackson Laboratory
Bar Harbor, ME, USA

Editorial Board

William G. Cance, MD
Professor and Chairman, Department of Surgery, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

Charles V. Clevenger
Professor and Chair, Department of Pathology, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA

Stan Lipkowitz, MD, PhD
Women’s Malignancies Branch, Center for Cancer Research, National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, MD

Diana M. Lopez, PhD
University of Miami School of Medicine, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Miami, FL

Kathy D. Miller, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Indiana Cancer Pavilion, Indianapolis, IN

Etta Pisano, MD
Associate Professor of Radiology, Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC

Barbara Rimer, DrPH, MPH
Director, Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences, National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, MD

Andrew Seidman, MD
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY

Wei-Zen Wei, PhD
Professor, Department of Oncology, Karmanos Cancer Institute, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI

Yosef Yarden, PhD
Professor, Department of Biological Regulation, Director, Dwek Institute for Cancer Therapy Research, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot

Doug Yee, MD
Professor, Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

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The abstract should be clear, descriptive, self-explanatory and not longer than 200 words, it should also be suitable for publication in abstracting services.
The abstract for research papers should follow the “structured abstract” format. Section labels should be in bold uppercase letters followed by a colon, and each section will begin on a new line.

Number as Table 1, Table 2 etc, and refer to all of them in the text.

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Each table should have a brief and self-explanatory title.

Column headings should be brief, but sufficiently explanatory. Standard abbreviations of units of measurement should be added between parentheses.

Vertical lines should not be used to separate columns. Leave some extra space between the columns instead.

Any explanations essential to the understanding of the table should be given in footnotes at the bottom of the table.


Place citations as numbers in square brackets in the text. All publications cited in the text should be presented in an alphabetical list of references at the end of the manuscript in the following style:

[1] B. Newman and E.T. Liu, Perspective on BRCA1, Breast Disease 10 (1998), 3-10.
[2] D.F. Pilkey, Happy conservation laws, in: Neural Stresses, J. Frost, ed., Controlled Press, Georgia, 1995, pp. 332-391.
[3] E. Wilson, Active vibration analysis of thin-walled beams, Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Virginia, 1991.

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Open Access

By default, articles published in Breast Disease are available only to institutions and individuals with access rights. However, the journal offers all authors the option to purchase open access publication for their article as part of the IOS Press Open Library. This means that the final published version will be freely available to anyone worldwide, indefinitely, under a Creative Commons license and without the need to purchase access to the article. This is also referred to as “gold” open access.

Gold open access pricing
Authors who choose gold open access publication will be subject to an article publication charge of € 1250 / US$ 1450 for publication under the CC BY-NC 4.0 license or € 1850 / US$ 2080 for publication under the CC BY 4.0 license. Pricing is exclusive of possible taxes. After an article is accepted for publication, the corresponding author will be informed regarding the open access option during the production stages, and will have the opportunity to purchase open access for their article. It could be that the open access fee of an article is waived completely due an institutional agreement IOS Press has with the corresponding authors' institution. Please check the institutional agreements page for details.

Green open access
Authors who do not make use of the gold open access option may still make their article freely available using self-archiving, also referred to as green open access. Authors may make their final accepted manuscript available for free download from their personal or institutional website or institutional archive. This model is free for the author.

Online-Only Journal – We are pleased to announce that Breast Disease has now transitioned to an online-only journal, with continuous publication with one issue per volume starting from 2022. This means that articles no longer go into pre-press and content is published in the issue as soon as it is finalized. You can now view the first article published in the new format in Volume 41

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Diagnostic challenges of adenomyoepithelioma: A case report
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Preoperative evaluation of breast cancer: Contrast-enhanced mammography versus contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging: A systematic review and meta-analysis
Mehrangiz Ghaffari, Zahra Shahraki, Maryam Nakhaie Moghadam, Fateme Parooie, Morteza Salarzaei

ROS1 altered breast cancers – a distinctive molecular subtype of PR- metastatic breast cancers: Expanding the scope of targeted therapeutics
Arunima Deb, Kritika Krishnamurthy, Sarah Alghamdi, Michael Schwartz, Mike Cusnir, Vathany Sriganeshan, Robert Poppiti

Determinants of mammography screening in Iranian women: A systematic review and meta-analysis
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