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Aims and scope

Advances in Rheumatology is an international, open access journal publishing pre-clinical, translational and clinical studies on all aspects of paediatric and adult rheumatic diseases, including degenerative, inflammatory and autoimmune conditions. We welcome original research (including systematic reviews and meta-analyses), reviews, guidelines and letters arising from published material.

Open access

All articles published by Advances in Rheumatology are made freely and permanently accessible online immediately upon publication, without subscription charges or registration barriers. Further information about open access can be found here.

As authors of articles published in Advances in Rheumatology you are the copyright holders of your article and have granted to any third party, in advance and in perpetuity, the right to use, reproduce or disseminate your article, according to the BMC license agreement.

For those of you who are US government employees or are prevented from being copyright holders for similar reasons, BMC can accommodate non-standard copyright lines. Please contact us if further information is needed.

Article-processing charges

Open access publishing is not without costs. Advances in Rheumatology therefore levies an article-processing charge of £1370.00/$2145.00/€1745.00 for each article accepted for publication, plus VAT or local taxes where applicable.

The Brazilian Society of Rheumatology will cover the APCs for articles submitted by its members. If you are a member and wish to submit a manuscript to the journal, please contact the Society to get your submission code and instructions on how to use it during the submission process.

If the corresponding author's institution participates in our open access membership program, some or all of the publication cost may be covered (more details available on the membership page). We routinely waive charges for authors from low-income countries. For other countries, article-processing charge waivers or discounts are granted on a case-by-case basis to authors with insufficient funds. Authors can request a waiver or discount during the submission process. For further details, see our article-processing charge page.

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Springer Nature offers agreements that enable institutions to cover open access publishing costs. Learn more about our open access agreements to check your eligibility and discover whether this journal is included.

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Indexing services

All articles published in Advances in Rheumatology are included in:

  • Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI)
  • Index Copernicus
  • LILACS
  • MEDLINE
  • PubMed
  • SciELO
  • Scopus

The full text of all articles is deposited in digital archives around the world to guarantee long-term digital preservation. You can also access all articles published by BioMed Central on SpringerLink.

We are working closely with relevant indexing services including PubMed Central and Web of Science (Clarivate Analytics) to ensure that articles published in Advances in Rheumatology will be available in their databases when appropriate.

Peer-review policy

Peer-review is the system used to assess the quality of a manuscript before it is published. Independent researchers in the relevant research area assess submitted manuscripts for originality, validity and significance to help editors determine whether the manuscript should be published in their journal. You can read more about the peer-review process here.

Advances in Rheumatology operates a single-blind peer-review system, where the reviewers are aware of the names and affiliations of the authors, but the reviewer reports provided to authors are anonymous. 

The benefit of single-blind peer review is that it is a tradicional model of peer review that many reviewers are comfortable with, and it facilitates a dispassionate critique of a manuscript. 

Submitted manuscripts will initially be screened by the Editor-in-Chief, with manuscripts deemed of suitable quality and interest assigned to the relevant Associate Editor. Manuscripts will generally be reviewed by two or more experts, who will be asked to assess the manuscript and provide constructive comments for improvement.

Editorial policies

All manuscripts submitted to Advances in Rheumatology should adhere to BMC's editorial policies.

Springer Nature remains neutral with regard to jurisdictional claims in published maps and institutional affiliations.

Citing articles in Advances in Rheumatology

Articles in Advances in Rheumatology should be cited in the same way as articles in a traditional journal. Because articles are not printed, they do not have page numbers; instead, they are given a unique article number.

Article citations follow this format: 

Authors: Title. Adv Rheumatol​​​​​​​ [year], [volume number]:[article number].

 e.g. Roberts LD, Hassall DG, Winegar DA, Haselden JN, Nicholls AW, Griffin JL: Increased hepatic oxidative metabolism distinguishes the action of Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor delta from Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor gamma in the Ob/Ob mouse. Adv Rheumatol​​​​​​​ 2009, 1:115.

 1:115 refers to article 115 from Volume 1 of the journal.

Appeals and complaints

Authors who wish to appeal a rejection or make a complaint should follow the procedure outlined in the BMC Editorial Policies.

Benefits of publishing with BMC

High visibility

Advances in Rheumatology's open access policy allows maximum visibility of articles published in the journal as they are available to a wide, global audience. 

Speed of publication

Advances in Rheumatology offers a fast publication schedule whilst maintaining rigorous peer review; all articles must be submitted online, and peer review is managed fully electronically (articles are distributed in PDF form, which is automatically generated from the submitted files). Articles will be published with their final citation after acceptance, in both fully browsable web form, and as a formatted PDF.

Flexibility

Online publication in Advances in Rheumatology gives you the opportunity to publish large datasets, large numbers of color illustrations and moving pictures, to display data in a form that can be read directly by other software packages so as to allow readers to manipulate the data for themselves, and to create all relevant links (for example, to PubMed, to sequence and other databases, and to other articles).

Promotion and press coverage

Articles published in Advances in Rheumatology are included in article alerts and regular email updates. Some may be highlighted on Advances in Rheumatology’s pages and on the BMC homepage.

In addition, articles published in Advances in Rheumatology may be promoted by press releases to the general or scientific press. These activities increase the exposure and number of accesses for articles published in Advances in Rheumatology. A list of articles recently press-released by journals published by BMC is available here.

Copyright

As an author of an article published in Advances in Rheumatology you retain the copyright of your article and you are free to reproduce and disseminate your work (for further details, see the BMC license agreement).

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