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About the Journal

J M Van Larr

Dear colleague,

It is a great honour to be the new Editor of Rheumatology. My appointment as Rheumatology’s first non-British Editor, fits in the strategy of the Journal to transcend boundaries and explore new horizons, and is in line with my own career which has taken me from the Netherlands (Leiden University), to the USA (National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Diseases) and UK (Newcastle University), back to the Netherlands (Utrecht University). Having sampled a diversity of experiences in the field of rheumatology has made me appreciate the importance of a strong rheumatology community built on solid scientific foundations. Musculoskeletal diseases contribute significantly to the global burden of disease and only through (inter)national collaboration can these be tackled. Rheumatology plays an important role in this process, acting as a modern platform for information exchange for and by professionals. Its unique selling points are its international scope and the quality of papers published, always adhering to the adage ‘Science is but an image of the truth’ by the famous British 16th century scientist and philosopher Sir Francis Bacon. We are confident Rheumatology too will stand the test of time and maintain its prominent position as a leading specialty journal.

Jacob M van Laar, Professor and Chair Department of Rheumatology & Clinical Immunology, University Medical Center Utrecht, the Netherlands

Aims and Scope

Rheumatology is an international peer review journal publishing the highest quality scientific and clinical papers. The scope of Rheumatology includes a range of rheumatological conditions, musculoskeletal medicine, surgery and translational research. Rheumatology aims to provide very rapid publication of all papers both online and in hard copy.

Rheumatology publishes original articles, concise reports, reviews, editorials, guidelines, case reports, clinical vignettes, letters and matters arising from published material.

Rheumatology has an increased Impact Factor of 4.475, ranking 6th in the category. The journal is also ranked 3rd by Eigenfactor® Score and 5th by Immediacy Index for all rheumatology journals.

Rheumatology is the official journal of the British Society for Rheumatology.

Comments on the journal

'a major source of valuable information about scientific advances in rheumatology.' - Dr. David Felson MD MPH, Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology Chair, Clinical Epidemiology Boston University


YearImpact FactorSi: Rheumatology
20144.4756 out of 32
20134.4356 out of 30
20124.2127 out of 29
20114.0589 out of 29
20104.1719 out of 29
20094.2367 out of 26
20084.1367 out of 22
20074.0453 out of 21
20064.0524 out of 23
20054.2264 out of 22
20044.1023 out of 22
20033.7604 out of 21

This information is taken from the Journal Citation Reports, published annually as part of the Science Citation Index by ISI.

Professor J van Laar

Editorial Office
Bride House
18-20 Bride Lane
London EC4Y 8EE
Telephone:+44 (0)20 7842 0902

Impact Factor
4.212 (2012)

Lead Times
Submission to first decision: Average 25 days
Acceptance to publication: 6–8 weeks

Submitting to Rheumatology
All articles must be submitted through the online submission web site.

Monthly plus supplements

Abstracts in Anthropology
Abstracts on Hygiene and Communicable Diseases
Annals of Behavioral Medicine
Biological Abstracts
BIOSIS Previews
Calcium and Calcified Tissue Abstracts
Current Contents® /Clinical Medicine
Derwent Drug File
Elsevier BIOBASE - Current Awareness in Biological Sciences (CABS)
Excerpta Medica Abstract Journals
International Pharmaceutical Abstracts
Journal Citation Reports /Science Edition
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Reactions Weekly
Review of Medical and Veterinary Mycology
Science Citation Index Expanded (SciSearch®)
Science Citation Index®
The Standard Periodical Directory

The copyright is retained by the author. However, it is a condition of publication in Rheumatology that authors grant an exclusive licence to the Journal, which is published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the British Society for Rheumatology.

The Publisher will supply free electronic access to each article. Printed offprints may be ordered at an extra cost at the proof stage.

Personal and Institutional subscriptions can be purchased online. Members of the British Society for Rheumatology (BSR) receive a subscription to Rheumatology as part of their membership. For further information please see the BSR website.

Individual articles can be purchased through pay per view.

Free or greatly reduced access to this journal is available through our Developing Countries Online Collection Offer.

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Media Pack
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Print: 1462-0324
Online: 1462-0332

Rheumatology is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics.

Published on behalf of

British Society for Rheumatology

Impact factor: 4.475

5-Yr impact factor: 4.592


J M van Laar

For Authors

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