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Aims and scope

Renal Replacement Therapy is a peer-reviewed journal facilitating worldwide discussion of research and issues related to the study of renal replacement therapy.

RRT considers articles on all aspects of hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis, blood purification, renal transplantation and regenerative medicine. In addition, the journal publishes content in wider fields such as chronic kidney disease (CKD), acute kidney injury (AKI), critical care medicine and intensive care, bone and mineral metabolism, anemia and iron metabolism, infection, cardiac disease, cerebral disease, diabetes mellitus, hypertension, nutrition, and related social issues. Contributions are encouraged from a global perspective across many disciplines.


  1. Authors: Norio Hanafusa, Masanori Abe, Nobuhiko Joki, Tetsuya Ogawa, Eiichiro Kanda, Kan Kikuchi, Shunsuke Goto, Masatomo Taniguchi, Shigeru Nakai, Toshihide Naganuma, Takeshi Hasegawa, Junichi Hoshino, Kenichiro Miura, Atsushi Wada and Yoshiaki Takemoto

Upcoming conferences

The 34rd Annual Meeting of the Japan Society for Blood Purification Critical Care
30 September-1 October 2023, WINC AICHI

The 29th Annual Meeting of the Japanese Society for Peritoneal Dialysis
30 September-1 October 2023, TOC Ariake Convention Hall

The 17th Annual Meeting of the Japanese Society of Nephrology and Pharmacotherapy 
28-29 October 2023, WINC AICHI

The 26th Annual Meeting of Japan Academy of Nephrology Nursing 
18-19 November 2023, Sendai

The 44th Japanese Society for Pediatrics Renal Failure
30 November-1 December 2023, Hotel Grande Hagakure

The 57th Annual Meeting of Japanese Society for Clinical Renal Transplantation
14-16 February 2024, Nagoya Convention Hall

The 14th Annual Meeting of the Japanese Society of Renal Rehabilitation
16-17 March 2024, Toki Messe, Niigata Convention Center

The 50th Annual Meeting of Japanese Society for Technology of Blood purification
12-14 April 2024, Kawagoe Prince Hotel

The 69th Annual Meeting of the Japanese Society for Dialysis Therapy
7-9 June 2024, Pacifico Yokohama

The 35th Annual Meeting of the Japan Society for Blood Purification Critical Care
19-20 October 2024, Kofu Kinenbi Hotel

The 30th Annual Meeting of the Japanese Society for Peritoneal Dialysis
16-17 November 2024, Fukuoka Convention Center

The 15th Annual Meeting of the Japanese Society of Renal Rehabilitation
15-16 March 2025, Pacifico Yokohama

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Featured collection: The SDGs for management of related problems in renal replacement therapy

  The 67th Annual Meeting of the Japanese Society for Dialysis Therapy was held in June 2022, under the theme “Seeking SDGs for Dialysis Therapy.” The main goal of this conference was to identify sustainable goals for dialysis treatment and consider the best means of achieving them.
  In commemoration of the success of the meeting, we are pleased to announce that the article collection entitled “The SDGs for management of related problems in renal replacement therapy” has now published in the spring of 2023.
  In this article collection, we invited nine leading researchers to reaffirm our commitment to identifying the various problems and to achieving these goals through sustained efforts.

Featured article: Interactional effects of depressive symptoms and physical function on daily physical activity in ambulatory patients receiving hemodialysis

New Content ItemClarification of the factors associated with decreased physical activity is crucial for effective disease management in patients undergoing hemodialysis. Although evidence suggests that physical activity may be associated with physical function or depressive symptoms, limited studies have demonstrated these factors to be independently associated with the former in patients undergoing hemodialysis. This study aimed to examine whether physical function and depressive symptoms were independently or interactively associated with daily physical activity in patients undergoing hemodialysis.

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Featured article: Alactic base excess predicts the use of renal replacement therapy in patients with septic shock

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Alactic base excess (ABE) is a novel biomarker that estimates the renal capability of handling acid–base alterations during the sepsis. Hence, the aim of this study was to evaluate the use of ABE to predict the renal replacement therapy (RRT) in patients with septic shock.

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Featured article: Comparison of survival for super high-flux hemodialysis (SHF-HD) with high albumin leakage versus online hemodiafiltration or SHF-HD with low albumin leakage: the SUPERB study

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Survival is equivalent between super high-flux hemodialysis (SHF-HD) and online hemodiafiltration (OHDF) with similar albumin leakage. According to the 2013 Japanese dialyzer performance classification, survival on HD is optimal when a type II dialyzer (β2-microglobulin clearance ≥ 70 mL/min) is used. Here, the authors investigated whether survival could be improved by SHF-HD using a type II-b dialyzer (sieving coefficient for albumin ≥ 0.03) with high albumin leakage compared with OHDF or SHF-HD using a type II-a dialyzer (sieving coefficient for albumin < 0.03) with low albumin leakage.

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Featured Collection: COVID-19-related Articles

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The outbreak of novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) led to a worldwide pandemic. Both failure to recover and poor prognoses for COVID-19 have been reported in patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) treated with renal replacement therapy and in the elderly. ESRD patients in Japan are one of the oldest populations in the world. Accordingly, we decided to launch the special collection on COVID-19 in RRT, the official journal of several academic societies with a focus on renal replacement therapy. We hope that this collection will support you in your own efforts.

Featured Collection: Official Guidelines and Registry Data of Renal Replacement Therapy

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Renal Replacement Therapy publishes valuable data based on clinical practice guidelines, statistical surveys, and epidemiological studies. This collection offers easy access to these resources. All papers in the collection are frequently accessed and highly cited. Moreover, the full text is published free of charge using an open journal CC-BY format. By pursuing this approach, our goal is to contribute as much as possible to the renal replacement therapy community while also responding to your interests.

Overcoming Language Barriers

english editingIf your manuscript could benefit from improvements to the English language, you should have your manuscript reviewed by someone who is fluent in English. For a collection of free resources to help with writing in English please visit here. If you would like professional help, we recommend our affiliates Nature Research Editing Service and American Journal Experts for help with English usage. BMC authors receive 10% off their first submission to either service. Please note that use of an editing service is neither a requirement nor a guarantee of publication.

Society affiliations

Renal Replacement Therapy is the official publication of the following societies:

About the Editors

Dr. Takashi Shigematsu, Editor-in-Chief

Dr. Takashi Shigematsu is currently the emeritus professor of the department of nephrology at the Wakayama Medical University School of Medicine, Japan. He is now actively working as Director of Division of Nephrology and Clinical Research Center in Rinku General Medical Center. He is also a member of the International Society of Nephrology and the American Society of Nephrology.

His research interests focus on Mineral and Bone Disorder associated with chronic kidney disease (CKD) including vascular calcification, Senescence. Renal Anemia is another his major interest. In addition, he has been investigating and working in the fields of hemodialysis and vascular access, peritoneal dialysis, blood purification medicine in acute kidney injury, and kidney transplantation.

New Content ItemProf. Masanori Abe, Deputy Editor

Professor and Chair of the Division of Nephrology, Hypertension and Endocrinology, Department of Internal Medicine, Nihon University School of Medicine, Tokyo, Japan.

Prof. Abe also serves as the Chief Director of Blood Purification Center of Nihon University Itabashi Hospital. His professional interests include Nephrology and Renal Replacement Therapy.

Annual Journal Metrics

  • 2022 Citation Impact
    1.2 - 2-year Impact Factor
    0.703 - SNIP (Source Normalized Impact per Paper)
    0.438 - SJR (SCImago Journal Rank)

    2022 Speed
    9 days submission to first editorial decision for all manuscripts (Median)
    150 days submission to accept (Median)

    2022 Usage 
    91 Altmetric mentions