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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, Rohini Kuner, 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 for 2017

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 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 continues to be the premier journal in the field of anesthesiology, according to the annual Clarviate Analytics study, “Journal Citation Reports,” attaining an Impact Factor in 2016 of 5.445 and a five-year mark of 6.458, 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 35,333 total citations in 2016, 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 194 journals, and in the neurosciences category, it finished in the top 14 percent of 258 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.