The ACR will add a new professional journal, ACR Open Rheumatology, in January 2019. An open access journal, it will feature the same high-quality, rigorously peer-reviewed articles on original investigations in rheumatology research, as well as commentaries and reviews, as the ACR’s other journals, Arthritis & Rheumatology (A&R) and Arthritis Care & Research (AC&R).
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Co-Editors-in-Chief Edward H. Yelin, PhD, and Patricia P. Katz, PhD, are both professors of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Drs. Yelin and Katz previously served in the same role for AC&R from 2006–11, “so we have a long history with the ACR’s journals and a strong commitment to making the journals successful,” says Dr. Katz.
ACR Open Rheumatology’s deputy editor for clinical science is David Daikh, MD, PhD, director of the Rheumatology Fellowship Training Program at UCSF and chief of rheumatology for the San Francisco VA Medical Center. The new journal’s deputy editor for basic science is Bruce N. Cronstein, MD, the Dr. Paul M. Esserman Professor of Medicine at New York University.
Accessible for Reading & Sharing
What makes ACR Open Rheumatology different? As its title suggests, the new journal will follow an accessible, open access model, says Jane Diamond, managing editor of A&R and senior director, ACR journal publications.
“Anyone will be able to go online and read the articles,” as well as download or share them with others, says Ms. Diamond. Most articles in both A&R and AC&R are openly accessible only one year after publication. Before that, only ACR members and subscribers may view them in full, except for a minority of articles where a different option has been chosen by the authors. “All articles in ACR Open Rheumatology will be free immediately upon publication for anyone to read, pull out figures or tables, share, publish or reuse anywhere for noncommercial purposes without having to request copyright permission,” she explains.
If their articles are accepted to ACR Open Rheumatology, authors will pay an article publication charge of $2,500, with a discounted charge ($2,000) for ACR member authors. These charges help fund the publication, which has no paid subscriptions. Some foundations and other funders cover article publication charges in their research grants to authors, she notes. For accepted articles submitted during the first six months the submission site is open (i.e., from October 2018 through March 2019), the article publication charge will be waived.