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New ARD online submission and review system

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We are pleased to inform authors and reviewers of ARD's new online submission and review system: Bench Press. This is a fully integrated electronic system which uses the internet to allow rapid and efficient submission of manuscripts, and the entire peer review process to be conducted online.

Authors can submit their manuscript in any standard word processing software. Graphic formats acceptable are: .jpeg, .tiff, .gif, and .eps. Text and graphic files are automatically converted to PDF for ease of distribution and reviewing purposes. Authors are asked to approve their submission before it formally enters the reviewing process.

To access the system click on “SUBMITTING YOUR MANUSCRIPT” on the ARD home page: http://www.annrheumdis.com/, or you can access Bench Press directly at http://submit-ard.bmjjournals.com/.

We are very excited with this new development and we would encourage authors and reviewers to use the online system where possible. It really is simple to use and should be a big improvement on the current peer review process. Full instructions can be found on Bench Press and ARD online.

Please contact Natalie Davies, Project Manager, ndavies{at}bmjgroup.com for further information.

PRE-REGISTER WITH THE SYSTEM

We would be grateful if all ARD authors and reviewers pre-registered with the system. This will give you the opportunity to update your contact and expertise data, allowing us to provide you with a more efficient service.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR REGISTERING

  1. Enter http://submit-ard.bmjjournals.com

  2. Click on “Create a new account” in the upper left hand side of the Bench Press home page

  3. Enter your email address in the space provided

  4. Choose a password for yourself and enter it in the spaces provided

  5. Complete the question of your choice to be used in the event you cannot remember your password at a later time (this will be needed if you forget your password)

  6. Click on the “Complete step 1” button at the bottom of the screen

  7. Check the email account you registered under. An email will be sent to you with a verification number and URL.

  8. Once you receive the email, copy the verification number and click on the URL hyperlink. Enter the verification number in the relevant field. Click on “Verify me”. This is for security reasons and to check that your account is not being used fraudulently.

  9. Enter/amend your contact information, and update your expertise data.

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