Rheumatology International Journal Impact Factor & Information

Publisher: Springer Verlag

Journal description

Rheumatology International is an independent journal reflecting world-wide progress in the research diagnosis and treatment of the various rheumatic diseases. It is designed to serve the international and interdisciplinary group of workers involved in problems of rheumatic diseases. Rheumatology International will cover all modern trends in clinical and experimental research as well as in the management of rheumatic diseases. Special emphasis will be given to immuno-pathogenetic mechanisms inflammatory reactions collagen metabolism genetics epidemiology therapeutic modulation of immunological and inflammatory mechanisms and development and evaluation of diagnostic procedures connected with rheumatic diseases. Contributions to these topics will appear in the form of original publications informative case reports short communications editorials and reviews. "Letters to the editor" will be welcome as an enhancement to discussion. Every effort will be made to ensure speed of publication while maintaining a high standard of contents and production.

Current impact factor: 1.52

Impact Factor Rankings

2015 Impact Factor Available summer 2016
2014 Impact Factor 1.516
2013 Impact Factor 1.627
2012 Impact Factor 2.214
2011 Impact Factor 1.885
2010 Impact Factor 1.431
2009 Impact Factor 1.493
2008 Impact Factor 1.327
2007 Impact Factor 1.27
2006 Impact Factor 1.07
2005 Impact Factor 1.477
2004 Impact Factor 1.038
2003 Impact Factor 1.013
2002 Impact Factor 1
2001 Impact Factor 0.893
2000 Impact Factor 1.162
1999 Impact Factor 1.108
1998 Impact Factor 0.8
1997 Impact Factor 0.821
1996 Impact Factor 1.093
1995 Impact Factor 1.185
1994 Impact Factor 1.337
1993 Impact Factor 1.056
1992 Impact Factor 1.083

Impact factor over time

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Additional details

5-year impact 1.55
Cited half-life 4.20
Immediacy index 0.46
Eigenfactor 0.01
Article influence 0.41
Website Rheumatology International website
Other titles Rheumatology international (Online)
ISSN 0172-8172
OCLC 60637814
Material type Document, Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Internet Resource, Computer File, Journal / Magazine / Newspaper

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Springer Verlag

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Publications in this journal

  • Hèctor Corominas · Vera Ortiz-Santamaría · Iván Castellví · Mireia Moreno · Rosa Morlà · Teresa Clavaguera · Alba Erra · Silvia Martínez-Pardo · Sergi Ordóñez · Pilar Santo · Patricia Reyner · Maria José González · Oriol Codina · Mario Saul Gelman · Xavier Juanola-Roura · Alex Olivé · Vicenç Torrente-Segarra ·

    Rheumatology International 11/2015; DOI:10.1007/s00296-015-3396-9
  • Jacqueline Uson · Roberto Miguélez-Sánchez · Marina de los Riscos · María Jesús Martínez-Blasco · Cruz Fernández-Espartero · Virginia Villaverde-García · Jesús Garrido · Esperanza Naredo ·

    Rheumatology International 11/2015; DOI:10.1007/s00296-015-3394-y
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    ABSTRACT: Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is a chronic inflammatory disease of unknown origin, while both genetic and environmental factors have been demonstrated to be etiologically involved. Recent genome-wide association and replication studies have suggested that anthrax toxin receptor 2 (ANTXR2), interleukin-1 receptor 2 (IL1R2), caspase recruitment domain-containing protein 9 (CARD9), and small nuclear RNA-activating complex polypeptide 4 (SNAPC4) seem to be associated with AS pathogenesis. This case-control study was performed on 349 unrelated AS patients and 469 age- and gender-matched healthy controls, to investigate whether these non-MHC genes (IL1R2 rs2310173, ANTXR2 rs4333130, CARD9 rs4077515, and SNAPC4 rs3812571) influence the AS risk in Iranian population. ANTXR2 rs4333130 allele C (p = 0.0328; OR 0.744, 95 % CI 0.598-0.927) and genotype CC (p = 0.0108; OR 0.273, 95 % CI 0.123-0.605) were found to be significantly protective against AS. No other associations were found between AS and studied genes. The association between ANTXR2 rs4333130 and AS was independent of HLA-B27 status. Moreover, we found clinical disease severity scores (BASDAI and BASFI) and pain score were higher in ANTXR2 rs4333130 CT genotype. However, we observed that CARD9 allele C (p = 0.012) and genotype CC (p = 0.012) were significant protective factors against AS only in HLA-B27-negative patients, and IL1R2 rs2310173 genotype GT was mildly protective against AS only in HLA-B27-negative status. These findings support the role of non-MHC pathogenic pathways in susceptibility to AS and warrants more comprehensive studies focusing on these non-MHC pathways for developing novel therapeutic strategies.
    Rheumatology International 11/2015; DOI:10.1007/s00296-015-3391-1
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    ABSTRACT: Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is associated with an increased risk of myocardial infarction and congestive heart failure. In RA patients, elevated NT-proBNP levels have been reported to be a prognostic marker of left ventricular dysfunction. In this study, we evaluated cardiorespiratory functional capacity and NT-proBNP levels before and during cardiopulmonary exercise test in early RA (ERA) patients. Twenty ERA patients and 10 healthy controls were studied by color Doppler echocardiography to evaluate ventricular systolic and diastolic function. Arterial stiffness and wave reflections were quantified non-invasively using applanation tonometry of the radial artery. Cardiopulmonary treadmill test was performed to measure peak VO2 and VE/VCO2 parameters. NT-proBNP plasma levels were measured before and at the exercise peak during cardiopulmonary exercise. The peak oxygen uptake [VO2 (ml/min/kg)], the ventilatory equivalents for carbon dioxide (EqCO2), respiratory exchange ratio and arterial stiffness were similar between patients and controls during cardiopulmonary exercise test. Basal and peak cardiopulmonary exercise NT-proBNP plasma levels were comparable in ERA patients with respect to healthy controls. When we analyzed patients according to disease characteristics and cardiovascular risk factors, ERA patients with high disease activity, BMI > 25 kg/m(2) and ACPA positivity presented significantly higher baseline and exercise peak NT-proBNP levels. Cardiorespiratory function is preserved in patients with recent onset of rheumatoid arthritis. The increased basal and exercise peak NT-proBNP plasma levels in patients with negative disease prognostic factors represent a possible marker to stratify the cardiovascular risk in patients with early rheumatoid arthritis.
    Rheumatology International 11/2015; DOI:10.1007/s00296-015-3390-2
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    ABSTRACT: The aim of the study was to analyze the efficacy and satisfaction of multidisciplinary dermatology-rheumatology management for patients with moderate-to-severe psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis (PsA). We conducted a systematic literature search in MEDLINE, EMBASE, and Cochrane Library up to September 2015. Selection criteria include (1) adult patients with moderate-to-severe psoriasis and PsA, (2) assessed in a multidisciplinary consultation, (3) comparison with routine separate consultations, and (4) outcome measures to evaluate efficacy and/or satisfaction. Meta-analyses, systematic reviews, clinical trials, cohort studies, and case series were included. The quality of the studies included was graded according to the Oxford Level of Evidence scale. Of 195 articles, three studies complied with the inclusion criteria: two case series and one descriptive study in which 506 patients were evaluated. Patients were referred to the multidisciplinary consultation from dermatology and rheumatology consultations in all but one study, in which primary care was also involved. The reason for the referral was to confirm the diagnosis and/or treatment. Patients were evaluated on a weekly and monthly basis in two and one study, respectively. The evidence obtained is scarce but suggests the efficacy of multidisciplinary consultations in terms of improved skin and joint symptoms after changing treatment (82-56 %), showing higher scores for this type of consultation compared to the usual [4.91 vs. 2.85 (0-5)] and a high level of satisfaction among patients (94 % "very satisfied"). However, waiting times were higher. With the limited evidence found, multidisciplinary management seems to be more effective and more satisfactory for patients with moderate-to-severe psoriasis and PsA than conventional consultations, though this could not be conclusively demonstrated. The results of this review support the benefit of implementing this type of consultation.
    Rheumatology International 10/2015; DOI:10.1007/s00296-015-3377-z
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    ABSTRACT: Usually priorities in goal management-intended to minimize discrepancies between a given and desired situation-are studied as person characteristics, neglecting possible domain-specific aspects. However, people may make different decisions in different situations depending on the importance of the personal issues at stake. Aim of the present study therefore was to develop arthritis-related vignettes to examine domain-specific goal management and to explore patients' preferences. Based on interviews and literature, situation-specific hypothetical stories were developed in which the main character encounters a problem with a valued goal due to arthritis. Thirty-one patients (61 % female, mean age 60 years) evaluated the face validity of the newly developed vignettes. Secondly, 262 patients (60 % female, mean age 63 years) were asked to come up with possible solutions for the problems with attaining a goal described in a subset of the vignettes. Goal management strategies within the responses and the preference for the various strategies were identified. The 11 developed vignettes in three domains were found to be face-valid. In 90 % of the responses, goal management strategies were identified (31 % goal maintenance, 29 % goal adjustment, 21 % goal disengagement, and 10 % goal re-engagement). Strategy preference was related to domains. Solutions containing goal disengagement were the least preferred. Using vignettes for measuring domain-specific goal management appears as valuable addition to the existing questionnaires. The vignettes can be used to study how patients with arthritis cope with threatened goals in specific domains from a patient's perspective. Domain-specific strategy preference emphasizes the importance of a situation-specific instrument.
    Rheumatology International 08/2015; 35(11). DOI:10.1007/s00296-015-3336-8
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    ABSTRACT: The aim of this study was to assess validity of the fibromyalgia survey questionnaire (FSQ) and polysymptomatic distress scale (PSD) in an Iranian population. We also sought to classify the severity levels of fibromyalgia (FM) symptoms according to the PSD scale. Participants were divided into FM and non-FM chronic pain disorder groups according to expert physician diagnosis. Patients in both groups answered to Persian-translated version of FSQ, fibromyalgia impact questionnaire (FIQ) and Short-Form-12 (SF-12). Both 1990 ACR criteria and FSDC were assessed in participates of two groups. Internal consistency and construct validity were evaluated. There was good internal consistency measured by Cronbach's alpha (0.814 for FSQ). FSQ and its subscales correlated significantly with FIQ scores and SF-12 subscales, indicating acceptable construct validity. The concordance rates of FSQ with 1990 ACR criteria and expert diagnosis were 61.2 and 75.7, respectively (convergence validity). The mean score of PSD and its components in FM group were significantly more than in control groups (discriminative validity). Using lower PSD score cutoff (≥8.5) for the diagnosis of fibromyalgia appeared to be the most effective approach in our population. ROC analysis of the PSD scores revealed 8.5-11.5, 11.5-15 and more than 15, respectively, as a mild, moderate and severe FM. Persian version of FSQ was a valid instrument for application in survey research among Iranian patients with chronic pain disorders. The current study revealed that PSD could be used as a valid tool for assessment of symptoms intensity regardless of fibromyalgia diagnosis.
    Rheumatology International 08/2015; 35(12). DOI:10.1007/s00296-015-3340-z
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    ABSTRACT: Our goal was to determine, retrospectively, the occurrence of the symptoms of Behçet’s disease in chronological order and the course of the disease. Additionally, probable factors affecting the clinical severity were investigated. A total of 368 patients (171 females and 197 males; aged 41.11 ± 10.9 years) were included in this retrospective cohort study. The chronological order of the clinical manifestations was recorded. Patients were also assessed for clinical severity score. Oral ulcer was the most common manifestation (100 %) followed by genital ulcer (89.4 %), papulopustular lesions (75 %) and articular involvement (60.1 %). Oral ulcer was the most common onset manifestation (66.8 %) followed by genital ulcer (4.9 %), erythema nodosum (3.3 %) and ocular involvement (1.4 %). The duration between the onset symptom and the fulfillment of the diagnostic criteria was 4.67 ± 5.9 years. The duration between the time point of fulfillment of diagnostic criteria and the diagnosis (2.5 ± 2.1 years) was longer in patients having only mucocutaneous lesions (2.8 ± 2.2 years) than in patients having serious organ involvements (1.9 ± 1.6 years; p < 0.01). Serious involvements such as neurological involvement and large vessel involvement had their onsets later. Mean clinical severity score was higher in male patients (5.3 ± 2.1 vs 4.8 ± 1.7; p < 0.05). In logistic regression analysis, male gender (p = 0.03) and increased number of symptoms at diagnosis (p < 0.001, R 2 = 0.73) were found to be significant risk factors for severity. Mucocutaneous lesions, especially oral and/or genital ulcers, usually precede possible serious involvements; therefore, careful follow-up is mandatory. Males with increased number of organ involvements at the diagnosis are associated with more severe disease.
    Rheumatology International 06/2015; 35(12). DOI:10.1007/s00296-015-3310-5
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    ABSTRACT: There are scanty data on the prevalence of vitamin D deficiency and its relation to disease activity among patients with juvenile-onset systemic lupus erythematosus (JoSLE) in the Middle East and North Africa, an area known to be endemic for vitamin D deficiency and insufficiency. The aim of this study was, therefore, to study vitamin D status and its relation to disease activity and parameters in Egyptian patients with JoSLE. Serum levels of 25(OH) D3 in 70 JoSLE patients were compared to 40 age-, sex-, and body mass index-matched healthy controls. The 25(OH) D3 was determined by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. Information regarding the medical history, clinical symptoms, and signs was registered at the time of serum sampling. Disease activity of SLE was evaluated according to the SLEDAI score. The mean level of serum 25(OH) D3 was 12 ± 3.7 in JoSLE patients compared to 21 ± 3.5 ng/mL in normal controls (p < 0.001). Forty percent (28/70) of the JoSLE patients has severe 25(OH) D3 deficiency (≤10 ng/mL), and 60 % of the JoSLE patients has 25(OH) D3 insufficiency (≤30 ng/mL). None of the JoSLE patients has 25(OH) D3 level >30 ng/mL. There was no significant correlation between serum levels of 25(OH) D3 and the demographic data, medication used, and some laboratory data of patients with JoSLE. Disease activity score in our patients was insignificantly correlated with serum levels of 25(OH) D3. In spite of vitamin D supplementation in Egyptian JoSLE patients and the presence of vitamin D insufficiency in the control group, there are still significantly lower levels of vitamin D in JoSLE compared to normal controls.
    Rheumatology International 03/2015; 35(9). DOI:10.1007/s00296-015-3245-x
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    ABSTRACT: Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common form of arthritis, resulting in substantial disability and economic burden worldwide. While its exact pathogenesis remains elusive, both in vitro and human population-based studies have merged to support the hypothesis that TGF-β/BMP-mediated signalling pathways play a role in the development of OA. Unraveling the TGF-β/BMP-mediated mechanism(s) in OA has great potential in identifying novel targets and developing new drugs for OA treatment. This review summarizes both in vitro and in vivo evidence of TGF-β/BMP-mediated signal transduction pathways in OA and discusses the future research direction in this regard.
    Rheumatology International 03/2015; 35(8). DOI:10.1007/s00296-015-3251-z