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. It is the first lupus-specific open access journal in the world and was developed in response to the need for a barrier-free forum for publication of groundbreaking studies in lupus.

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.

Journal information

Publication Model Open access
Frequency Continuous online publication
Launch date  2014
Digital Archive LOCKSS
Indexed by Web of Science Core Collection: Emerging Sources Citation Index, PubMed Central, Scopus, Embase (Excerpta Medica), Google Scholar
Impact Factor N/A
Scopus CiteScore 2.88 (2017)
Peer Review Model Single blind; the names of reviewers are hidden from the author
Online ISSN 2053-8790

Journal statistics

Acceptance Rate 46% for original research
Mean time from submission to first decision 29 days
Mean time from acceptance to online publication 13 days

Contact Information

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