Frequently Asked Questions about PAIN®
How often is PAIN published?
There are 12 issues of PAIN per year, at the rate of
one issue per month. This does not include supplements or other special
issues that may be published.
Who are the Section Editors and Associate Editors
Francis J. Keefe is the current Editor-in-Chief
of PAIN. Click here to view the other members of
the PAIN Editorial Board.
How many people read PAIN?
A subscription to PAIN is one benefit of membership
in IASP, which means more than 7,000 individuals have access to the
journal. In addition to those who access the journal electronically,
approximately 3,500 paper issues of PAIN are mailed
What is the current Impact Factor
Our official journal Impact Factor now stands at 5.644 (supplied by
Thomson's 2012 Journal Citation Reports). The Impact Factor measures,
among other criteria, how often our journal articles are cited during a
given time period. PAIN is the premier pain journal
and first of all journals read in the field of anesthesiology.
Submitting a Manuscript
What types of manuscripts
does PAIN consider?
considers the following types of manuscripts:
- Clinical/Basic Science Research Reports
- Clinical Notes (brief reports on clinical cases)
- Comprehensive Reviews
- Topical Reviews (invited only)
- Commentaries (invited only)
- Letters to the Editor
For further information, see the Guide for Authors.
How can I submit my manuscript?
All manuscripts must be submitted to PAIN via the
Elsevier Editorial System (EES) at www.ees.elsevier.com/PAIN.
Do I need to be an IASP member to submit a manuscript
No; however, membership in IASP offers many great benefits and opportunities.
What reference format
does PAIN use?
PAIN uses a modified Vancouver reference style, with
citation of literature references in the text using numbers that
correspond to an alphabetized and numbered reference list: "Pain is made
worse if you hit the already injured site ." Details on reference
formatting are provided in the Guide for Authors under each article type.
How can I submit an image for
the PAIN cover?
We are always looking for potential cover images for the journal. If you
have an image that you would like us to consider, please email it
I am having trouble uploading my manuscript via EES. What can
For login and other technical issues (e.g., account consolidation
errors, password reset, PDF build errors), please contact Elsevier
Technical Support at firstname.lastname@example.org. For
non-technical issues and general questions on a submission, please
contact the Support Editors at email@example.com. Be as
specific as possible with your issue and include the text of any error
messages received during the upload process, if applicable.
EES appears to be down. What should I do?
EES undergoes periodic maintenance that is scheduled and handled by
Elsevier; these maintenance dates are noted on the EES site, usually in
an alert at the top of the page. When EES is down, it is also down for
the Support Editors. If you have trouble accessing EES and it is not
during a scheduled maintenance date, please contact Elsevier Technical
Support at firstname.lastname@example.org.
After You Submit a Manuscript
When will I receive confirmation that my submission was
The corresponding author will receive an email confirming that the
manuscript has been successfully submitted. If you are the corresponding
author and did not receive a confirmation email, please check your Junk
Mail or Spam folder (confirmation messages are sometimes filtered into
these folders, depending on your email provider) before contacting PAIN.
After checking these folders, if you are still unable to determine the
status of your submission, please contact the Support Editors
How long does it take to get a first decision after
submission to PAIN?
You should expect to wait approximately 20 days for a first decision on
your manuscript. Please keep in mind that this wait time varies, as it
depends on the speed of reviewer and editor responses.
How can I check the status of my manuscript?
Please log in to EES as an author. New submissions appear in the
“Submissions Being Processed” section. Revised submissions
appear in the “Revisions Being Processed” section. Click to
enter the appropriate section. Submission status is listed in the
“Current Status” column. If you are not able to determine
the status of your submission, please contact the Support Editors
Media Inquiries and Advertising/Press Releases
I have some questions about PAIN. Who can I
General information about PAIN appears on the official journal site, run
by Elsevier: www.journals.elsevier.com/pain/
If you have additional questions, please contact IASP directly by
email at IASPdesk@iasp-pain.org or
by telephone at +1-202-524-5300.
How can I advertise in PAIN?
Visit the Elsevier
Media page for PAIN for pricing and contact
Does PAIN publish press
Elsevier distributes periodic press releases about PAIN;
however, PAIN is a peer-reviewed journal and does not
publish press releases as part of its contents.
My organization funded the research presented in a manuscript
that was accepted for publication in PAIN, and we would like to issue
our own press release. Who can I contact?
Please send your press release inquiry to email@example.com and it will be
forwarded to the appropriate department.
Where can I find information on reprints
for PAIN articles?
Visit the Elsevier Reprints page to request a quote for
How do I request permission to reproduce material published
IASP holds the rights to the content of
all PAIN manuscripts. Please complete the online copyright permission request form.
I did not receive my copy of PAIN. Who should I
Please contact IASP Membership at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I would like to cancel my subscription to PAIN.
Who should I contact?
If you are a member of IASP and no longer wish to receive a paper copy
of PAIN, please contact IASP Membership at email@example.com.