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Annals content from 1939 now available online
From June 2007 the complete archive of Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases – the Eular journal will be available online www.ard.bmj.com – that's all issues from January 1939 to today. In keeping with the BMJ Group's delayed free access policy all content older than 12 month's is free to non‐subscribers, including the newly digitised legacy content.
ARD was the first international rheumatology journal in English, so it attracted prominent authors, and their papers gave the first global mirror of rheumatology in Europe and North America as long ago as 1939. Interestingly, in the very first issue of the journal 6 of the 10 papers were about infections in relation to rheumatism. Other noteworthy articles include an authoritative overview of rheumatic diseases by Philip Hench — to date the only Nobel Prize winner in the field of rheumatology, Ludwig Aschoff's paper on rheumatic nodules in the heart and W S Tegner's paper on the treatment of the rheumatic diseases in the United States and Europe, even in the light of today's rheumatology, a highly interesting travel report.
The legacy content is an immense addition to an already rich site.1 As well as being able to search and browse the complete Annals archive you can:
The Annals is one of the world's leading rheumatology journals with an impact factor of 6.956 and global reach. Each print issue is sent to approximately 10000 subscribers and there are about 100000 visitors to ARD Online each month. The journal attracts world class research and the high rejection rate ensures only the best is published.
BMJ Group and Eular thank the US National Library of Medicine who digitised the articles from 1939 to 1996 free of charge – in return ARD articles will be published on PubMedCentral7 (with a 3 year embargo).
Important notice: If you or your institution do not subscribe to ARD you will need to complete a free, one time registration to access this legacy content. This registration will also allow you to access the legacy content of other BMJ Journals (www.journals.bmj.com) as this is made available during 2007. Individuals who receive the Annals through attendance at the annual Eular congress do NOT need to register.