Arthritis Care & Research is soliciting manuscripts for a themed issue addressing the use of clinical imaging and outcomes in the rheumatic diseases. Manuscripts covering a broad range of topics related to the major theme are invited; for example, imaging and early diagnosis among persons with rheumatic conditions, the use of imaging as an objective measure of progression or followup in rheumatic diseases, specialized imaging within specific subsets including pediatric patients, use of imaging as guidance in interventions (e.g., injections), barriers to the use of clinical imaging in rheumatology, and other related issues. Submissions are encouraged from a range of disciplines relevant to clinical imaging use 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 Authors” section at: The deadline for submission is April 1, 2013. For further information, contact the editor of Arthritis Care & Research, Marian T. Hannan, DSc, MPH (