Clinical Rheumatology is an international English-language journal devoted to publishing original clinical investigation and research in the general field of rheumatology with accent on clinical aspects at postgraduate level.

The journal succeeds Acta Rheumatologica Belgica, originally founded in 1945 as the official journal of the Belgian Rheumatology Society. Clinical Rheumatology aims to cover all modern trends in clinical and experimental research as well as the management and evaluation of diagnostic and treatment procedures connected with the inflammatory, immunologic, metabolic, genetic and degenerative soft and hard connective tissue diseases.

  • International in scope, published in English
  • Emphasizes clinical aspects of rheumatology at the postgraduate level
  • Covers research, diagnosis and treatment of rheumatological diseases
  • Average time from submission to 1st decision: 23 days
  • 97% of authors who answered a survey reported that they would definitely publish or probably publish in the journal again

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Editor-in-Chief
  • Carlos Pineda
Publishing model
Hybrid. Open Access options available

Journal metrics

2.293 (2018)
Impact factor
2.274 (2018)
Five year impact factor
33 days
Submission to first decision
86 days
Submission to acceptance
503,630 (2019)
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    The rheumatology field has lost a great human being, an excellent clinician-researcher, a better professor, and an extraordinary scholar.

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    As a result of the significant disruption that is being caused by the COVID-19 pandemic we are very aware that many researchers will have difficulty in meeting the timelines associated with our peer review process during normal times.  Please do let us know if you need additional time. Our systems will continue to remind you of the original timelines but we intend to be highly flexible at this time.

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Electronic ISSN
1434-9949
Print ISSN
0770-3198
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