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Rheumatology appoints new editor

3 February 2014

Rheumatology, the international, peer-reviewed scientific journal, has appointed a new editor. Professor Jacob van Laar will be taking over from the current editor Professor Robert Moots.

Throughout his five years as editor for the journal Professor Moots has been dynamic, introducing several changes and raising the profile of the journal internationally. His work includes ensuring a fast turnaround time for submitted papers, which has remained consistent at an average of 25 days, as well as overseeing changes to the journal’s layout such as the well-recognized gold cover to celebrate 50 volumes of the journal.

Professor Moots is responsible for introducing podcasts and the well-read themed issues of the journal. He leaves Rheumatology with an impressive impact factor of 4.212 – a reflection of the successes he has achieved during his time as editor.

His successor, Professor van Laar, is a Professor of Clinical Rheumatology at Newcastle University and Honorary Consultant Rheumatologist at the James Cook University in Middlesborough. He is the chairman of the EBMT / EULAR Scleroderma study group and the clinical lead for the County Durham and Tees Valley Comprehensive Local Research Network musculoskeletal and immunology and inflammation areas. He has published over 150 peer-reviewed reports and 17 book chapters, and edited a recently published rheumatology textbook.

Speaking of his appointment Dr van Laar said: “I’m delighted to have been appointed to such a prestigious position. Professor Moots has done a fantastic job in strengthening Rheumatology’s reputation as a leading journal in the field. I intend to build on the journal's strengths, providing the international rheumatological community with the latest results from cutting-edge clinical and translational research and relevant information on a range of topics, making optimal use of multimedia technologies."

Professor Robert Moots, previous editor of the journal, standing down at the end of his five-year term said: “I’m delighted that such a high calibre person will take over the helm at Rheumatology. I can see the journal moving on from strength to strength.”

For further information, please contact:

Emily Head, Marketing Officer, British Society for Rheumatology: ehead@rheumatology.org.uk / 020 7842 0900

Zena Wigram, Head of Marketing and Communications, British Society for Rheumatology: zwigram@rheumatology.org.uk / 020 7842 0900

Rheumatology is published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the British Society for Rheumatology.