About Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases

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

Frequency Monthly
Impact Factor 12.384
Indexed by Science Citation Index, Index Medicus (Medline), Excerpta Medica (Embase), BIOSIS Previews, Sociedad Iberoamericana de Informacion Cientifica (SIIC)
Launch date 1939
Print ISSN  0003-4967
Online ISSN  1468-2060

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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.

Equator 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.

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

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