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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.


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Upcoming conferences

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 18th Annual Meeting of the Japanese Society of Nephrology and Pharmacotherapy 
7-8 September 2024, Sapporo Convention Center

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

The 27th Annual Meeting of Japan Academy of Nephrology Nursing
9-10 November 2024, Toyama International Conference Center

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

The 45th Japanese Society for Pediatrics Renal Failure
5-6 December 2024, Nomura Conference Plaza Nihonbashi

The 58th Annual Meeting of Japanese Society for Clinical Renal Transplantation
6-8 February 2025, Hiroshima City

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

The 70th Annual Meeting of the Japanese Society for Dialysis Therapy
27-29 June 2025, Osaka International Convention Center

The 36th Annual Meeting of the Japan Society for Blood Purification Critical Care
20-21 September 2025, Ochanomizu Sola City Conference Center

The 19th Annual Meeting of the Japanese Society of Nephrology and Pharmacotherapy
1-2 November 2025, Toranomon Hills Forum

The 71th Annual Meeting of the Japanese Society for Dialysis Therapy
19-21 June 2026, Kobe Convention Center

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Society affiliations

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

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: SGLT2 inhibitors in peritoneal dialysis: a promising frontier toward improved patient outcomes

New Content ItemPeritoneal dialysis (PD) stands as an important modality among kidney replacement therapies for end-stage kidney disease, offering patients remarkable flexibility and autonomy. Despite its widespread use, challenges such as glucose-related complications, peritoneal membrane fibrosis, declining renal function, and cardiovascular risks persist, necessitating innovative therapeutic approaches.

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Featured article: Association between prognostic nutritional index and peritoneal dialysis discontinuation: a retrospective cohort study

New Content ItemMalnutrition is associated with discontinuing peritoneal dialysis (PD). The prognostic nutritional index (PNI), composed of serum albumin level and total lymphocyte count, has been suggested as a prognostic marker for mortality in patients undergoing PD. However, the relationship between PNI and PD discontinuation has not yet been well addressed. We evaluated the relationship between PNI and PD discontinuation in patients with end-stage kidney disease who initiated PD treatment.

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Featured article: Annual dialysis data report 2019, JSDT Renal Data Registry

New Content ItemThe Japanese Society for Dialysis Therapy has been conducting the survey annually since 1968. The results provide a comprehensive picture of dialysis therapy in Japan. In 2019, the number of chronic hemodialysis patients continued to increase, albeit at a slower rate, reaching an estimated 344,640. The elderly population on hemodialysis is growing, with incident patients averaging 70.42 years. 

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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.

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.

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.

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
    8 days submission to first editorial decision for all manuscripts (Median)
    150 days submission to accept (Median)

    2022 Usage 
    91 Altmetric mentions