Online access to Arthritis & Rheumatism and Arthritis Care & Research is a member benefit of the ACR and the ARHP. In order to use this benefit, you must activate your online access by creating a login specifically for the journals through a one-time registration process. Here is a Q&A to help you access journals online.
Q: I am a new member. How do I register to access the journals online?
A: Registration instructions are available on the members-only portion of the ACR Web site. Visit www.rheumatology.org and follow the Publications link from the left-side menu. Once you are on the Publications page, select either Arthritis & Rheumatism or Arthritis Care & Research. For registration instructions, follow the link for first-time users. The instructions will tell you how to set up your journal login and password, which will be different from your ACR membership number and password.
Q: I have been a member for some time, but I have never accessed the journals online. How do I do it?
A: Follow the new member instructions above.
Q: Can I use my ACR member number and password to access the journals?
A: No, your journal login and password are unique and used only for journal access. To create them, follow the new member instructions above. (Note: During this process, you do have the option to make your journal login and password the same as your membership login and password.)
Q: How will I be notified that a new issue is available?
A: Notification is sent via e-mail once a month. For each journal, you will receive a separate e-mail providing a quick view of the table of contents for the current issue of both Arthritis & Rheumatism and Arthritis Care & Research. This allows members to be the first to know what topics are being covered in the journals each month.
Q: When I click on the link in the e-mailed table of contents, what will I see?
A: You will be able to view any existing abstract, along with the full title and authors and their affiliations. If you want to view the full article, you will be prompted to enter the journal login information provided during the registration process. Your ACR membership number will not give you access.
Q: Why do I sometimes only see the title of the article instead of seeing the abstract when I click on a link on the e-mailed table of contents?
A: The abstract will be displayed only if the article contains one. Some article types—such as editorials, letters, or clinical images—do not contain abstracts.
Q: I logged on previously from another location, so why am I asked to enter my password when I log in at home?
A: You only need to register once; however, if you save your password on one computer and then switch to a different computer (going from work to home, for example), you will need to use your password to log in on the new computer.
If you have additional questions about accessing journals online, e-mail [email protected].