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Arthritis Care & Research is soliciting manuscripts for a themed issue addressing disability and rehabilitation in the rheumatic diseases. Manuscripts covering a broad range of topics related to the major theme are invited; for example, the prevalence of and risk factors for disability, the impact of rheumatic disease on participation in activities (including but not limited to work, family, and leisure), effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of rehabilitatioin, and public policies to improve participation among persons with rheumatic diseases. Submissions from a range of disciplines are welcome, and we will entertain 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. All types of manuscripts (e.g., original articles, contributions from the field, case studies, trainee rounds, reviews) are included in this solicitation.

The deadline for submission is February 1, 2008. For further information, contact the editors, Edward H. Yelin, PhD (Ed.Yelin@ucsf.edu) or Patricia P. Katz, PhD (Patti.Katz@ucsf.edu).