IASP Members: Read PAIN Online

PAIN is IASP’s official journal. Published monthly, PAIN presents original research on the nature, mechanisms, and treatment of pain. Available to IASP members as a membership benefit, this peer-reviewed journal provides a forum for the dissemination of multidisciplinary research in the basic and clinical sciences. It is cited in Current Contents and Index Medicus.

Francis Keefe is the Editor-in-Chief. Section editors are Jane Ballantyne, Fiona Blyth, Robert Coghill, Anthony Dickenson, Clermont Dionne, Christopher Eccleston, Nanna Finnerup, Rohini Kuner, and Kathleen Sluka. View the entire Editorial Board of PAIN.

An advisory group of basic and applied scientists, as well as clinicians, has identified 10 high-priority initiatives that will form the basis of a strategic plan to guide the journal’s development in the coming years.

View frequently asked questions about PAIN.

Download the top 50 most cited articles in PAIN in 2015.

The PAIN manuscript submission site is Please note this URL or update your bookmarks. 

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  • If you are an "unconsolidated" user, please use your existing user ID and password.
  • If you are a "consolidated" user, please use the forgotten password link to retrieve your password and then log in.

If you have any questions, please contact the PAIN Editorial Office.

An app for the iPad is available in the App StoreVisit the store, search for “PAIN,” and download the app for free. PAIN for the iPad delivers the full contents of each issue, enhanced with the convenience of iPad functionality. Once you download the app, you will be alerted when new content is posted. The app is currently available only for the iPad but soon will be available for other devices.

Current Issue of PAIN

Pain Cover Jan 2016

IASP Members: Read PAIN Online

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PAIN Retains High Ranking Among Journals in Several Fields

PAIN continues to be the premier journal in the field of anesthesiology, according to the annual Thomson Reuters study, “Journal Citation Reports,” attaining an Impact Factor in 2014 of 5.213 and a five-year mark of 6.241, the top ranking during the recent five-year period.

The Impact Factor measures, among other things, how often journal articles are cited during a specific period. PAIN had 31,705 citations in 2014, far outdistancing its nearest competitor and tops in the anesthesiology field.

PAIN also was highly ranked in other journal categories. In the field of clinical neurology, PAIN ranked in the top 9 percent of 192 journals, and in the neurosciences category, it finished in the top 14 percent of 252 journals.

Congratulations to Editor-in-Chief Francis J. Keefe as well as to PAIN’s section and associate editors, and the Editorial Office staff. And thanks to our authors and reviewers-and of course, to our readers. All have contributed to this outstanding achievement.

PAIN MetricsPAIN Offers Authors Metrics to Gauge Interest in Their Articles

PAIN is excited to announce the addition of individual article-level metrics to the PAIN website, giving authors new tools to help assess readers' interest in the content of their articles. Simply find an article on the site, and below the Article Tools box you will see "Article Level Metrics." By clicking the circular badge there, you will find such metrics as the number of mentions in social media (Tweets, Facebook posts, etc.), news stories, and more. We hope readers and authors enjoy this new feature, which provides a more immediate view of the impact of an article in the wider community.