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RMD Open

is a open access, peer-reviewed rheumatology journal from BMJ and EULAR, publishing original research on rheumatic and musculoskeletal disorders and connective tissue diseases

RMD Open publishes high quality peer-reviewed original research covering the full spectrum of musculoskeletal disorders, rheumatism and connective tissue diseases, including osteoporosis, spine and rehabilitation. Clinical and epidemiological research, basic and translational medicine, interesting clinical cases, and smaller studies that add to the literature are all considered.

It is an online only open access journal that aims to provide rapid publication of research through a continuous publication model. All submitted content is subject to peer review prior to publication. Published work is free to read.

RMD Open is an official journal of EULAR.

MEDLINE indexed and accepted for inclusion in the Science Citation Index

Scopus CiteScore: 5.4 (2019)

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Editor-in-Chief: Professor Bernard Combe, CHU Lapeyronie, France
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RMD Open to receive Journal Impact Factor

We are delighted to announce that RMD Open has been accepted for inclusion in the Science Citation Index Expanded.


The journal will receive its first Journal Impact Factor™ for 2020, which will be released in summer 2021.


Thank you to our authors, reviewers and editorial team members for their continued support in publishing high quality and high impact articles in the journal since its launch in 2015. You can access the top cited articles from 2019 and 2020.


RMD Open is also indexed by MEDLINE.


RMD Open considers submissions of a variety of article types, including original articles, short reports and clinical cases.
Information is also provided on editorial policies and open access.
This is an open access journal that levies an Article Publishing Charge (APC). Discounts and waivers are available; details are provided in the Author Information section.
All manuscripts should be submitted online.
Published articles are discoverable via PubMed, Scopus and Google Scholar.