Aims and Scope

Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases (ARD) is an international peer review journal committed to promoting the highest standards of scientific exchange and education. It covers all aspects of rheumatology, which includes the spectrum of musculoskeletal conditions, arthritic disease, and connective tissue disorders. ARD publishes basic, clinical, and translational scientific research.


ARD is co-owned by the European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) and BMJ.

Journal Statistics

Acceptance rate

12% for original research

Time from submission to first decision

17 days for original research

Time from acceptance to online publication

13 days



Impact Factor


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Science Citation Index, Index Medicus (Medline), Excerpta Medica (Embase), BIOSIS Previews, Sociedad Iberoamericana de Informacion Cientifica (SIIC)

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Contact Information

For all contact information please refer to the Contact Us page.

For Authors

Please refer to the Instructions for Authors


Information on rates and how to subscribe

To advertise

Information on rates and how to advertise in ARD
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Rights and Permissions

Copyright and Permissions Guidelines


ARD is the official journal of EULAR – the European League Against Rheumatism and all (scientific) delegates to the annual EULAR congress receive a complimentary 12 month subscription to the journal.

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BMJ is a founding member of COPE (the Committee on Publication Ethics), which provides a forum for publishers and Editors of scientific journals to discuss issues relating to the integrity of the work submitted to or published in their journals.


The EQUATOR Network is an international initiative that seeks to improve the value of medical research literature by promoting transparent, accurate reporting of research studies. BMJ is a sponsor of its activities.

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BMJ is a founding organisation of the AllTrials initiative, which calls for all past and present clinical trials to be registered and their results reported.


BMJ sites

Archives of Disease in Childhood
British Journal of Sports Medicine
Evidence-Based Medicine
Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health
RMD Open