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.

Why publish with us

  • Published in partnership with the International League of Associations for Rheumatology (ILAR), we welcome articles covering research, diagnosis and treatment of rheumatological conditions, with a special emphasis on clinical aspects.
  • Our international and committed editorial team offers a rigorous yet swift review process, providing a first decision in under 5 weeks on average.
  • We provide high levels of author satisfaction, with 98% of our published authors reporting that they would definitely or probably publish with us again.
  • Through Springer Compact agreements, authors from participating institutions can publish Open Choice at no cost to the authors.

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Editor-in-Chief
  • Carlos Pineda
Publishing model
Hybrid (Transformative Journal). How to publish with us, including Open Access

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3.650 (2021)
Impact factor
3.348 (2021)
Five year impact factor
15 days
Submission to first decision (Median)
921,557 (2021)
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Electronic ISSN
1434-9949
Print ISSN
0770-3198
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