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LFA Launching New Online Journal About Lupus Only

In partnership with the British Medical Journal, the Lupus Foundation of America will publish Lupus Science and Medicine beginning in 2014.

The Lupus Foundation of America (LFA) will begin publishing a new open-access journal focused entirely on lupus, beginning early next year. The lupus-only journal Lupus Science & Medicine will be edited by two luminaries in the field: Jill P Buyon MD, Division Director of Rheumatology and Professor of Medicine at New York University School of Medicine and Ronald F van Vollenhoven MD, Professor and Chief of the Unit for Clinical Therapy Research in Inflammatory Diseases at he Karolinska Institute in Stockholm.

Owned by LFA, the online-only journal will be published as a peer-reviewed open-access online title by the BMJ group, whose flagship publication is the British Medical Journal. Currently, notes an LFA press release, information about lupus is spread across numerous journals for other specialties including rheumatology, nephrology, immunology, and dermatology.

"We believe it's going to be a focal point for all sorts of research and all sorts of interests," said van Vollenhoven.

Revenues will come from author charges, which will be waived for authors submitting before the  end of 2013.

Further information is available at http://journals.bmj.com/site/lupus .