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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.
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ARD is co-owned by the European Alliance of Associations for Rheumatology (EULAR) and BMJ
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Peer Review Model
Single blind; the names of reviewers are hidden from the author
Acceptance rate: 17%
Speed Time to first decision without review (median): 2 days Time to first decision with review (median): 27 days Time from acceptance to publication (median): 9 days
Impact Impact Factor category: Rheumatology Impact Factor (JCR): 27.973 Impact Factor rank: 3/34 5 Year Impact Factor: 20.778 Journal Citation Indicator (JCI): 4.33 Eigenfactor: 0.06152 Citescore: 28.5 Citescore rank: 1/60 Scimago Journal rank (SJR): 5.366
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ARD is the official journal of European Alliance of Associations for Rheumatology (EULAR) and all (scientific) delegates to the annual EULAR congress receive a complimentary 12 month subscription to the journal.
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