Acceptance Rate:
Time to first decision with review:
32 days*
Acceptance to publication:
17 days*
Impact Factor:

Aims and scope

Lupus Science & Medicine® is a global, peer reviewed, open access online journal that provides a central point for publication of basic, clinical, translational, and epidemiological studies of all aspects of lupus and related diseases.

The journal publishes research on lupus from fields including, but not limited to: rheumatology, dermatology, nephrology, immunology, pediatrics, cardiology, hepatology, pulmonology, obstetrics and gynecology, and psychiatry.

Editorial Board

For information about Lupus Science & Medicine’s joint Editors-in-Chief, and their editorial team, please refer to the Editorial Board page.


Lupus Science & Medicine® is published by BMJ and owned by the Lupus Foundation of America, which is dedicated to advancing the science and medicine of lupus while offering support to patients and their caregivers.

“Lupus Science & Medicine” is a Registered Trademark.

Journal information

Publication Model
Open access
Continuous online publication
Launch date
Digital Archives
Indexed by
Web of Science Core Collection: Science Citation Index Expanded; Emerging Sources Citation Index, Current Contents: Clinical Medicine, Medline (Index Medicus), PubMed Central, Scopus, Embase (Excerpta Medica), DOAJ, Google Scholar
Peer Review Model
Single anonymised; the names of reviewers are hidden from the author
Online ISSN

Journal Statistics 2022

Acceptance rate: 40%
Time to first decision without review (median): 4 days
Time to first decision with review (median): 32 days
Time from acceptance to publication (median): 17 days
Impact Impact Factor Category: Rheumatology Impact Factor (JCR): 3.9 Impact Factor rank: 17/34 5 Year Impact Factor: 4.3 Journal Citation Indicator: 0.84 Eigenfactor Score: 0.00252 Scimago Journal rank (SJR): 1.035 Citescore: 5 Citescore rank: 23/66
Total content views: 152,110
Total Altmetric mentions: 1,064
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