Acceptance Rate:
Time to first decision without review:
6 days*
Time to first decision with review:
36 days*
Acceptance to publication:
22 days*
Impact Factor (JCR):

Aims and scope

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.

Editorial Board

For information about the RMD Open Editor-in-Chief and the editorial team, please refer to the Editorial Board page.


RMD Open is owned by BMJ.

Journal information

Publication Model
Open access
Continuous online publication
Launch date
Digital Archives
Indexed by
Web of Science Core Collection: Science Citation Index Expanded; Emerging Sources Citation Index, Current Contents: Clinical Medicine, MEDLINE (Index Medicus), PubMed Central, Scopus, Embase (Excerpta Medica), DOAJ, Google Scholar
Peer Review Model
Single anonymised; the names of reviewers are hidden from the author
Online ISSN

Journal Statistics 2023

Acceptance rate: 31%
Speed Time to first decision without review (median): 6 days Time to first decision with review (median): 36 days Time from acceptance to publication (median): 22 days
Impact Impact Factor Category: Rheumatology Impact Factor (JCR): 6.2 Impact Factor rank: 6/34 5 Year Impact Factor: 5.7 Journal Citation Indicator: 1.5 Eigenfactor Score: 0.00897 Scimago Journal rank (SJR): 2.024 Citescore: 7.7 Citescore rank: 14/66
Reach Total content views: 409,260 Total Altmetric mentions: 3,803
The impact that academic research has cannot be defined by one single metric. In 2013, BMJ signed the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA). We did this to show our support for using multiple measures and metrics to portray journals’ impact; moving away from the Impact Factor as a single measure. How we get these metrics

Contact information

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