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Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases (ARD)

is a leading rheumatology journal from BMJ and EULAR, publishing original research, reviews and recommendations

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Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases (ARD) is an international peer-reviewed journal covering all aspects of rheumatology, which includes the full spectrum of musculoskeletal conditions, arthritic disease, and connective tissue disorders. ARD publishes basic, clinical, and translational scientific research, including the most important recommendations for the management of various conditions.

ARD is an official journal of EULAR.

Free lay summaries are provided for selected research articles and all EULAR recommendations. You can keep up with the latest news via Twitter and Facebook.


Listen to the ARD podcast and subscribe in all podcast platforms, including Apple Podcast, Google Podcasts, Stitcher and Spotify

Editor-in-Chief: Professor Josef Smolen, Medical University of Vienna, Austria
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ARD is a Plan S compliant Transformative Journal.

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Key Articles from the last 75 years

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Commentaries on key papers from 1947

Tore Kvien highlights the importance of 4 key papers published in the journal in 1947, the year that EULAR was founded.


Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases considers unsolicited submissions of a variety of article types, including original research articles (extended and concise reports), viewpoints, and letters to the Editor.

The Author Information section provides general guidelines and requirements for specific article types.

Information is also provided on editorial policies and open access.

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Assessing acceptability and identifying barriers and facilitators to implementation of the EULAR recommendations for patient education in inflammatory arthritis: a mixed-methods study with rheumatology professionals in 23 European and Asian countries

12 September 2022

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The EULAR Standing Committees regularly establish and publish recommendations for the treatment of various rheumatic disorders. Each of these recommendations is developed by a group of specialists in their field.

All EULAR recommendations are free to access.

Each recommendation also has an accompanying lay summary, which is also free to access.


Olokizumab combined with methotrexate in patients with rheumatoid arthritis

Direct inhibition of IL-6 with OKZ resulted in significant improvements in the signs and symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis compared with PBO in TNF-IR patients with a similar safety profile as observed for monoclonal antibodies to the IL-6 receptor.

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