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Any material for consideration in Rheumatology should be submitted through the online submission web site The submitting author is responsible for checking all the relevant boxes during online submission on behalf of all authors to indicate that they are in complete agreement with the contents of the manuscript and are prepared to abide by the general policies of Rheumatology.

Note: Before you begin, please ensure you have an up-to-date version of Netscape, Firefox or Internet Explorer. If you have an earlier version, you can download a free upgrade using the icons found at the bottom of the 'Instructions and Forms' section of the online submission web site.

Creating an Account
Submitting a new manuscript
Submitting a revised manuscript
Tracking manuscript status
Getting help


If you know your login details (i.e. you have submitted or reviewed a manuscript on this system before), use your user ID and password to log on. (Your user ID will usually be your e-mail address.)

If you do not know your login details, check to see if you are already registered by clicking on the 'Forgot your password' button and following the on-screen instructions. If you are not already registered, you can register by clicking on the 'Create account' button on the login screen and following the on-screen instructions.

If you have trouble finding your manuscripts or have other problems with your account, do not create another account: instead please contact the Journal's Editorial Office.

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When submitting your manuscript, please enter your manuscript data into the relevant fields, following the detailed instructions at the top of each page. You may like to keep the original word-processing file available, so you can copy and paste the title and abstract into the required fields.

1. Log on to the online submission web site:

2. To submit a new manuscript, go to the 'Author Centre' click on ‘Click here to submit a new manuscript' and then follow the on-screen instructions. There are up to 7 steps for you to follow to submit your manuscript.

You move from one step to the next by clicking on the 'Next' button on each screen or back to the previous screen by clicking on the 'Previous' button. Please note that if you click on the 'Back' or 'Forward' buttons on your browser, the information you have entered will not be saved.
You can stop at any stage of the submission process by clicking on the 'Main Menu' button. Everything you have typed into the system will be saved, and the partially completed submission will appear under 'Unsubmitted Manuscripts' in your 'Author Centre'. To return to the submission process you will need to click on the button 'Continue Submission' against the relevant manuscript title.

3. You must enter details of all your co-authors into the online submission system including their e-mail addresses.

4. When you upload the manuscript files via the 'File Upload' screen:

  • Enter individual files using the 'Browse' buttons and select the appropriate 'File type’ from the pull-down menu. The choices may vary from journal to journal but will always include a 'Main Document' (your manuscript text).
  • Upload your files by clicking on the 'Upload files' button. This may take several minutes. Click on the SAVE button to confirm the upload. Repeat these steps until you have uploaded all your files.
  • If you have uploaded any figures or tables you will be prompted to provide figure/table captions and 'file tags' that will link figures to text in the HTML proof of your main document.
  • Once you have uploaded all your files, indicate the order in which they should appear in your paper. This will determine the order in which they appear in the consolidated PDF used for peer review.
  • After the successful upload of your text and images, you will need to view and proofread your manuscript. Please do this by clicking on the blue HTML button or a PDF button.
  • If the files have not been uploaded to your satisfaction, go back to the file upload screen where you can remove the files you do not want and repeat the process.

Note: Images must be high-resolution .tif files (1200 dpi. for line drawings and 300 dpi for colour and half-tone artwork). For useful information on preparing your figures for publication, go to Please note that publication of your manuscript will not proceed until figures suitable for reproduction are received.

5. Once the manuscript proof has been uploaded satisfactorily, click on 'Next' to take you to the 'Review & Submit' screen. The system will check that you have completed all the mandatory fields and that you have viewed your manuscript proof. It will also present you with a summary of all the information you have provided and give you a final chance to edit it. If there is a red cross next to any section, this indicates that not all the fields have been filled in correctly. You may then either go back to the previous page by clicking ‘Save and Go Back’ or go straight to the page in question by clicking on the ‘Edit’ button next to each stage on the review and submit page.

6. When you are satisfied with the uploaded manuscript and have finished reviewing all the information, click on the 'Submit' button.

7. After the manuscript has been submitted you will see a confirmation screen and receive an e-mail confirmation stating that your manuscript has been successfully submitted. This will also give the assigned manuscript number, which is used for all correspondence during peer review. If you do not receive this number, your manuscript would not have been successfully submitted to the Journal and the paper cannot progress to peer review. If this is the case, your manuscript will still be in the 'Unsubmitted Manuscripts' section of your 'Author Centre' awaiting your attention.

8. If you return to your 'Author Centre', you will notice that your newly submitted manuscript can be found in the 'Submitted Manuscripts' area. The ‘Status' section provides information on the status of your manuscript as it moves through the review process.

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Revised manuscripts must be submitted within 3 months from receiving the decision e-mail unless it is a provisional accept, which has a deadline of 6 weeks. Once this deadline has passed, the paper will have to be submitted as a new submission.

All revised manuscripts must be accompanied by the author’s response to reviewers and a marked copy of the manuscript showing all the changes that have been made. We prefer authors to mark their manuscript using the ‘Track changes’ function in Microsoft Word®. This document should show all the changes that have been made during revision. This will make it easier for the reviewers to check.

Papers that are incorrectly formatted will only be processed further when all outstanding issues have been resolved.

To submit the revised manuscript:

1. Log in to the online submission web site as before and, in the 'Author Centre', click on ‘Manuscripts with Decisions’. In this list, any papers that are due for revision will have a ‘create a revision’ link in the ‘Action’ column. Clicking on this link will create a draft of your manuscript where you can upload new files and respond to the reviewer/Editor comments. If you have already begun the resubmission process for your paper, you can find the draft under the ‘Revised Manuscripts in Draft’ link.

2. The decision letter with the referees' comments is listed on the ‘Review & Submit’ page. Please ensure you cut and paste your response to the reviewers/Editor’s comments into the text areas at the bottom of the screen.

3. Upload the revised version of your manuscript files via the 'File Upload' screen. To aid the production process, you must upload your revised manuscript as a .doc or .rtf file, and not in PDF format.

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You can view the status of any manuscripts that you are an author or co-author on through the online submission site. In ‘Submitted Manuscripts’ (or ‘Manuscripts I have Co-Authored’) section, the processing status is automatically updated throughout. Once a decision has been made, the decision letter may be viewed here (this does not apply to ‘Manuscripts I have Co-Authored’).

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For technical problems using the submission site please contact the ScholarOne team using the ‘Get Help Now’ link at the top right-hand corner of the website.

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