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NEW Call for papers: Advances & challenges in imaging rheumatic & musculoskeletal disorders

We are pleased to announce that BMC Rheumatology and BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders are accepting submissions to a cross-journal thematic series covering all work dealing with imaging of rheumatic and musculoskeletal disorders. 

Comorbidities in rheumatic diseases - from clinical to translational approaches

Read the published content in this thematic series covering aspects of research into rheumatic diseases co-morbidities ranging from sexual to cardiovascular functions. 

BMC Rheumatology is now indexed on PubMed

As of March 2019, BMC Rheumatology is indexed on PubMed and PubMed Central to ensure that articles published in the journal are available in their database when appropriate. 

We are working closely with Web of Science (Clarivate Analytics) to establish indexing and Impact Factor tracking.

Reviewer acknowledgements

The editors and staff of BMC Rheumatology would like to warmly thank the reviewers whose comments helped to shape the journal, for their invaluable assistance with review of manuscripts in Volume 2 (2018).


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Aims and scope

BMC Rheumatology is an open access, peer-reviewed journal that considers pre-clinical, translational and clinical articles on all aspects of the prevention, treatment and management of rheumatological diseases, related systemic and inflammatory conditions and associated comorbidities, as well as epidemiology, education, pathophysiology, genetics, and drug development.   

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Ciarán Martin FitzpatrickBioMed Central, UK

Section Editors

Alessia Alunno, University of Perugia

Susan Goodman, New York

Edward Roddy, Keele University​​​​​​​

Assistant Editor

Amanpreet Athwal​, BioMed Central, UK

Announcing the launch of In Review

BMC Rheumatology, in partnership with Research Square, is now offering In Review. Authors choosing this free optional service will be able to:

  • Share their work with fellow researchers to read, comment on, and cite even before publication
  • Showcase their work to funders and others with a citable DOI while it is still under review
  • Track their manuscript - including seeing when reviewers are invited, and when reports are received 

Alessia Alunno, Section Editor

Dr Alunno is Assistant Professor of Rheumatology working at the Rheumatology Unit, University of Perugia, Italy. She is Section Editor for the journal's 'Pre-clinical and translational science' section.

Susan Goodman, Section Editor

Dr Goodman is an Attending Physician at the Hospital for Special Surgery, NYC, and Professor of Clinical Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical School. She is the Section Editor for the journal's 'Clinical rheumatolgoy' section.

Ed Roddy, Section Editor

Dr Roddy is a Reader in Rheumatology at Keele University’s Arthritis Research UK Primary Care Centre and Consultant Rheumatologist at the Haywood Hospital in Stoke-on-Trent, UK. He is the Section Editor of the journal's 'Epidemiology and public health' section.

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