Acceptance rate:
Time to first decision with review:
29 days*
Acceptance to publication:
18 days*
Impact Factor (JCR):
Impact Factor rank (JCR):

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. Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases is the flagship of BMJ’s rheumatology portfolio and has two companion journals: RMD Open for original research in rheumatology and musculoskeletal disorders and Lupus Science & Medicine for original research in lupus and related diseases. For information about the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases Editor-in-Chief Prof Josef Smolen and his editorial team, please refer to the Editorial Board page.

Plan S compliance

Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases is a Plan S compliant Transformative Journal. Transformative Journals are one of the compliance routes offered by cOAlition S funders, such as Wellcome, WHO and UKRI. Find out more about Transformative Journals and  Plan S compliance on our Author Hub.

Journal Information

Publication Model
Subscription; with hybrid open access option
Launch date
Digital Archives
Indexed by
Web of Science Core Collection: Science Citation Index, Science Citation Index Expanded; BIOSIS Previews, Current Contents: Clinical Medicine, Life Sciences; MEDLINE (Index Medica), PubMed Central (BMJ Open Access Special Collection), Scopus, Embase (Excerpta Medica), CINAHL, Google Scholar
Peer Review Model
Single anonymised; the names of reviewers are hidden from the author
Print ISSN
Online ISSN

Journal Statistics 2022

Acceptance rate: 15%
Speed Time to first decision without review (median): 2 days Time to first decision with review (median): 29 days Time from acceptance to publication (median): 18 days
Impact Impact Factor category: Rheumatology Impact Factor (JCR): 27.4 Impact Factor rank: 2/34 5 Year Impact Factor: 21.6 Journal Citation Indicator (JCI): 4.91 Eigenfactor: 0.06021 Citescore: 32.8 Citescore rank: 1/66 Scimago Journal rank (SJR): 6.489
Reach Total content views: 2.31 million Total Altmetric mentions: 7,382
The impact that academic research has cannot be defined by one single metric. In 2013, BMJ signed the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA). We did this to show our support for using multiple measures and metrics to portray journals’ impact; moving away from the Impact Factor as a single measure. How we get these metrics

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