Press Guidelines

These guidelines apply to members of the media reporting information from the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) or the ACR/ARP Annual Meeting. Please contact public relations at or 404-633-3777 with questions.

Copyright Policy

Insignias and logos of the ACR, ARP, and Rheumatology Research Foundation are proprietary marks. Use of these marks in any fashion, by any entity, for any purpose, is prohibited without the written permission of the ACR. The use of insignias, logos, and images that mislead the intended audience to believe that a piece or production is coming from the ACR is strictly prohibited.

Reproduction of scientific materials such as abstract data, posters, presentation slides, etc., requires first obtaining permission from the listed author(s) and/or presenter(s) as well as from any individual or group that may hold copyright on the material.

Image Usage Policy

Rheumatology Image Library photos are provided free, upon approval, to media (media includes television, print, radio, bloggers, trade publications, and other approved outlets that cover rheumatology news) for purposes of news coverage only. Any other use falls under the Rheumatology Image Library’s normal terms of use.

Images are provided for one-time, news-related use only. Use of images in commercial, non-news-related publications, or any other for-profit use is prohibited. Images cannot be published, reproduced, transferred, or distributed without advance written approval from the American College of Rheumatology. Images showing a patient’s face, in part or whole, must be pixelated or otherwise blurred. Other image-specific terms may apply and will be provided once image use is approved. Appropriate image credits for each image is required and will be provided once image use is approved.

To request permission to use an image in your media coverage, contact public relations at or 404-633-3777.

Annual Meeting

Credentialed media attend the Annual Meeting to cover stories for consumer, trade, and other media outlets. Media has access to all general sessions and limited access (at the discretion of speakers) to Meet the Professor and Workshop sessions. Media may use hand-held audio recorders and still cameras; moving video recording is also permitted with the permission of the presenter(s). The exception to this policy is that no photos or video are allowed in the Exhibit Hall and no photos or video are allowed in the Poster Hall without permission from the presenter. Press who would like general photos of the Exhibit Hall can obtain these after the meeting by emailing the request to

Annual Meeting Abstract Embargo Policy

Accepted abstracts are made available to the public online in advance of the meeting and are published in a special online supplement of Arthritis & Rheumatology. Information contained in those abstracts may not be released until the abstracts appear online. Academic institutions, private organizations, and information contained in an abstract may issue a press release to coincide with the availability of an ACR abstract on the ACR website. However, the ACR continues to require that information that goes beyond that contained in the abstract (e.g., discussion of the abstract done as part a scientific presentation or presentation of additional new information that will be available at the time of the meeting is under embargo until (date to be announced). Violation of this policy may result in the abstract being withdrawn from the meeting and other measures deemed appropriate.

View more information about Annual Meeting press policies. Please contact public relations at or 404-633-3777 with additional questions.

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