The International Journal of Advances in Rheumatology is an independent journal published by Remedica Medical Education and Publishing. Each issue features in-depth review articles, written by practicing specialists, discussing current and emerging topics of clinical interest (our “Leading Articles”). These articles are commissioned according to relevant themes identified by the Editors-in-Chief, Clinical Editors, Editorial Advisory Board, and readers. We also present an ongoing, systematic review of key articles selected from the recent international literature (our “Clinical Reviews”, written by the Clinical Editors), alongside case studies and reports from the major international meetings.
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ISSN: 1478-856X (Print)
ISSN: 2040-3895 (Online)
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