The Chinese Journal of Rheumatology , formerly known as Journal of Rheumatology , was established in March 1996. It was re-nominated as Chinese Journal of Rheumatology in November 1997. The major readers of this journal are the Chinese rheumatologists. The journal reports the research achievements and clinical experiences on the diagnosis and treatment of rheumatic diseases. It also publishes the basic researches which are closely related to the progress of rheumatology and provides guidance for clinical rheumatology. The goals of this journal are: 1) to carry out the strategies for public health of the country and Party, 2) to follow the rule of combining theory and practice and mutual improvement, 3) to reflect the major progress of clinical research of Chinese rheumatology and 4) to facilitate international and domestic academic communication. This journal has the following columns to meet the needs of readers: Editorial, Original Article, Short Original Article, Review, Lecture, Case Reports, Clinical Pathological (Case) Discussion and the Global Academic Progress. Under the leadership of China Association for Science and Technology, Chinese Medical Association and Publishing House, with the guidance of Chinese Rheumatology Association and the editorial board as well as the support from the readers and authors, along with the direct leadership of Shanxi Health Bureau, the journal has become good teacher and friend of Chinese rheumatologists. It was abstracted or indexed by “Chemical Abstracts” (CA) of US, “Source Journal of Chinese Science and Technology Paper Statistics”(Core Journals of Science and Technology of China),“Chinese Science Citation Database”, “Chinese Academic Journal Comprehensive Evaluation Database”, “Abstracts of Chinese Medicine”, “Chinese Academic Journals”（CD version）,“China Biomedicine Disc Database”, “Catalogue of Chinese Scientific and Technology Data”. The proportion of original articles published in this journal supported by National Nature Science Foundation of China, Hi-Tech Research and Development Program of China(863 Plan),National Outstanding Young Scientists Foundation and Research Foundation of the Ministry of Health of China has been increasing. From 2000, the journal has been included in the Source Journal of Chinese Science and Technology Paper Statistics of China Association for Science and Technology. From 2001 to 2005, the journal had been funded by “Excellent Basic Research and Hi-Tec Journals Fund” of China Association for Science and Technology. In 2002, it was honorarily nominated as the national “Youth Civilized Unit”. It was awarded as“100 Outstanding Academic Journals of China 2006”.