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Advances & challenges with imaging rheumatic & musculoskeletal disorders

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Guest Editors: 

Domenico Albano (IRCCS Istituto Ortopedico Galeazzi, BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders), Francesco Carubbi (University of L'Aquila, BMC Rheumatology).

Recent impressive technological advancements in imaging rheumatic and musculoskeletal disorders (RMDs) have allowed for earlier and more accurate diagnoses. The pivotal role of radiological examination in RMDs is clear, but crucial challenges remain in the interpretation and quality control of images. Health professionals require clarity on information and limitations of potential and current methods. 

It is with this focus that BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders & BMC Rheumatology launch this cross-journal collection exploring advances & challenges associated with imaging RMDs. Publications will be allocated to the journal that fits the scope of submitted work, which will be decided at the discretion of the Editor.

We welcome Research Articles, Case Reports, Commentaries, Debates and Study Protocols on all aspects of research into this field, including translational science, data mining and artificial intelligence, clinical investigations, technical advances, epidemiological studies, and clinical trials.

If you would like to inquire about the suitability of a study for consideration or would like to propose a topic for a Debate or Review article, please email a presubmission enquiry to

To submit your manuscript, please use our online submission system at BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders or BMC Rheumatology. Please indicate in your cover letter that you would like the article to be considered for the ‘Advances & challenges in imaging rheumatic and musculoskeletal disorders’ special issues.

Deadline for submissions: 15 July 2020

Annual Journal Metrics

  • 2022 Citation Impact
    2.3 - 2-year Impact Factor
    2.8 - 5-year Impact Factor
    1.288 - SNIP (Source Normalized Impact per Paper)
    0.716 - SJR (SCImago Journal Rank)

    2023 Speed
    27 days submission to first editorial decision for all manuscripts (Median)
    143 days submission to accept (Median)

    2023 Usage 
    5,748 Altmetric mentions 

    Transparency and Openess
    TOP Factor Score - 8

Peer-review Terminology

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    Identity transparency: Single anonymized

    Reviewer interacts with: Editor

    Review information published: Review reports. Reviewer Identities reviewer opt in. Author/reviewer communication

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