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PAIN is an official journal of IASP. 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, Theodore J. Price, David A. Seminowicz, Kathleen Sluka, and Amanda C de C Williams. View the entire Editorial Board of PAIN.

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Thanks to Reviewers 

On behalf of the Section Editors of PAIN, and as Editor-in-Chief of the journal, I wish to acknowledge and thank all of the reviewers who have given and continue to give of their time and expertise to review articles for the journal.

Reviewing is an invaluable task and one that greatly contributes to the maintenance of PAIN as the premier journal in the field. By the end of this year, reviewers will have provided opinions on more than 1,200 manuscripts and evaluated almost 500 revisions. The time for our review process continues to shorten, thanks in large part to the dedication and rapid response of our reviewers.

We are grateful to all authors who choose PAIN to publish their basic and clinical research findings, without which the world of pain treatment and research would not be moving forward in the dynamic way that it does.

Thank you.

Francis J. Keefe, PhD
Editor-in-Chief, PAIN


PAIN Retains High Ranking Among Journals in Several Fields

PAIN retained the #3 ranking in the anesthesiology category in 2018, and attained an Impact Factor of 5.559 (a 2% increase over 2016).

The Impact Factor measures, among other things, how often journal articles are cited during a specific period. The increase in PAIN's impact factor in 2018 was due to 2% more citations than in 2017.

PAIN also was highly ranked in other journal categories. In the field of clinical neurology, PAIN ranked in the top 10 percent of 197 journals, and in the neurosciences category, it finished in the top 14 percent of 261 journals.

Congratulations to Editor-in-Chief, Francis J. Keefe, as well as to PAIN’s Section Editors, 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.