Arthritis Care & Research is soliciting manuscripts for a themed issue addressing obesity issues and outcomes in the rheumatic diseases. Manuscripts covering a broad range of topics related to the major theme are invited; for example, the risk factors for onset of obesity among persons with rheumatic conditions, the epidemiology and consequences of obesity in rheumatic diseases (osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, osteoporosis, etc.), inflammation and obesity, muscle fat infiltration, obesity and outcomes such as physical limitations, exercise interventions, and obesity-drug interactions. Submissions are encouraged from a range of disciplines relevant to obesity issues and outcomes in rheumatic diseases, and we are interested in both original research articles and review articles.

The issue will include regular submissions as well, but a certain number of pages will be reserved for manuscripts accepted in response to this solicitation. All manuscripts will be peer-reviewed. The editor will select papers for publication in the themed issue based on reviewer ratings and the balance of subject matter. It is possible that manuscripts submitted for the themed issue may be accepted for publication in a regular issue of Arthritis Care & Research rather than the themed Issue.

Please follow the formatting requirements found in our “For Contributors” section at

The deadline for submission is February 1, 2012. For further information, contact the editor of Arthritis Care & Research, Marian T. Hannan, DSc, MPH (