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International Association for the Study of Pain



The term of the current Editor-in-Chief of PAIN, Francis J. Keefe, PhD of Duke University will end on Dec. 31, 2022. IASP, through its PAIN Editor-in-Chief Search Committee, is recruiting a new Editor-in-Chief with a view to interviewing candidates in May/June 2022 and executing a contract with the selected candidate by October 2022. The new editorial team will start receiving submissions in the 4th quarter 2022 and will officially take the helm on January 1, 2023. The deadline for applications is February 28, 2022. Self-nominations will be considered. 

The Editor-in-Chief Search Committee is seeking applications from academics who have broad knowledge of the nature, mechanisms, and treatment of pain and provides a multidisciplinary forum for the dissemination of  basic and applied pain research. Applicants should demonstrate a compelling strategic vision for the journal’s development and differentiation both from IASP’s Open Access journal PAIN Reports and from other reputable journals in the field; outstanding academic achievement; excellent communication skills; a collaborative leadership style; a profound commitment to inclusion, diversity, access and equity; a clear understanding of trends in scientific journal publishing, including optimizing digital functionality and the deployment of social media channels; an international network of colleagues; and deep editorial experience. 


PAIN publishes the following types of articles: Clinical and Basic Science Research Reports, Clinical Notes, Epidemiology, Comprehensive Reviews, Narrative Reviews, and Systematic Reviews. The following article types are by invitation only: Commentary, Bridging the Gaps Commentary, Pain Classics, PAIN Pictured, Perspectives, Topical Reviews, and Biennial Review of Pain. The Editor-in-Chief is assisted by an international group of Section Editors for the following broad topics: Clinical Notes, Clinical Science, Epidemiology, Neurobiology, Pain Measurement and Imaging, Pharmacology, Psychology, and Reviews. Each section is further supported by a strong bench of international Associate Editors. 

PAIN’s first issue was published in January 1975, and three additional issues appeared that year, with 411 total pages published. Today, PAIN publishes monthly, around 3,000 editorial pages annually. In addition, a supplement, Biennial Review of Pain, appears regularly. The journal received around 1,248 submissions in 2019, 1,684 in 2020 and 1,070 YTD 2021.

The journal’s 2020 Impact Factor is 6.961, placing it 4th of 33 in Anesthesiology, 23rd of 208 in Clinical Neurology, and 39th of 273 in Neurosciences.   

Currently, the Editor-in-Chief is supported by the Section Editors and Associate Editors, see, as well as the IASP Editorial Office in Washington, DC, comprising the Managing Editor and Assistant Managing Editor. The journal is published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (Wolters Kluwer).


General Scope of Responsibilities

The Editor-in-Chief shall strive to:
    • Publish the most authoritative, innovative and highest quality basic and applied research studies from the global community of authors in the broad field of pain research.
    • Identify emerging areas of importance and actively solicit the best work being done in those areas;
    • Ensure that attention is paid to the principles of diversity, inclusion, access and equity in all journal-related activities and relationships; 
    • Promote the scientific exchange of ideas to advance the field and related areas of interest to the readership of the journal; 
    • Take full advantage of web-based journal features, including virtual issues, podcasts, webinars, blogs and social media activities.

The Editor-in-Chief reports to the IASP Executive Committee and Council. IASP is forming a Publications Committee to coordinate between PAIN, PAIN Reports, and Pain Research Forum (PRF), and to help the Editors-in-Chief when ethical issues in the journals are detected. The Editor-in-Chief has total responsibility for the content of the journal within the page limits and other criteria agreed in the IASP – Wolters Kluwer publishing agreement. 

Editorial Responsibilities
The Editor-in-Chief, upon the advice of the Editorial Board, shall have complete and final authority for the selection, editorial modification and quality of all materials published. The specific responsibilities of the Editor-in-Chief shall include:

    1. Establishing the Editorial Board for the journal (Section Editors and Associate Editors), consisting of distinguished international researchers, scientists and practitioners across the field. The Editor-in-Chief​ will demonstrate commitment to the principles of diversity, inclusion, access and equity in terms of editorial and reviewer recruitment and author relations.
    2. Working with the Society and the publisher to develop strategies for editorial development of PAIN, including deploying electronic features available through the publisher’s journal website, developing plans and strategies to attract the most impactful science in support of the journal’s Impact Factor and attending strategy and planning meetings arranged by the Society or the publisher.
    3. Engaging the Editorial Board in discussing continuous improvement and development of the journal and improving their understanding of criteria for selecting papers and expanding coverage in new areas.
    4. Arranging appropriate, timely and efficient peer-review procedures for the contributions submitted for publication in the journal and utilizing the manuscript tracking system (Editorial Manager) provided by the publisher.   
    5. Preparing annual reports to the IASP Council and Executive Committee, as well as the Publications Committee, showing the acceptance rate, rate of submission, origin of submitted and accepted papers, time lag to first decision and final decision and other statistics that will indicate the health of the journal.
    6. Ensuring that his or her conduct conforms to the highest standards of professional conduct and scientific integrity, including strict adherence to the IASP conflict of interest policies; is consistent with all applicable laws, regulations and publication standards and reflects positively on IASP; and promotes the same standards of conduct by the Section Editors and Associate Editors.
    7. Securing from all Section and Associate Editors annual conflict of interest disclosures and submitting his or her own conflict of interest statement annually to the Chief Executive Officer of IASP and securing from all authors appropriate conflict of interest disclosures.
The Editor-in-Chief will serve a single one-time term of five (5) years, commencing Jan. 1, 2023 and ending Dec. 31, 2027, with the possibility of one additional 5-year term with mutual agreement of the Editor-in-Chief and the IASP Council. There will be an overlap period with the outgoing Editor-in-Chief, starting in Q3 2022, with the exact timing to be determined depending on the pipeline of articles in process heading into 2023.

IASP will pay the Editor-in-Chief an annual honorarium as approved by the IASP Council. 

Editorial Budget
The Editor-in-Chief must adhere to the editorial budget, which includes the honoraria for Section and Associate Editors and approved expenses. The Editor-in-Chief must notify staff in August of any desired increases in the number or honoraria of Section or Associate Editors for the following year.

Office Support
IASP provides a full-time Managing Editor and Assistant Managing Editor.

Instructions for Authors

Further Information
Additional information on the journal’s submissions, citations/impact factor, readership and activities is available upon request from:

Sally Weiss
Managing Editor
1510 H Street NW, Suite 600
Washington, DC 20005-1020
(T) +1-202-856-7407

Completed applications, including a full CV, a letter summarizing your vision and goals for PAIN over the next 5 years (2023 – 2027), a letter of support from your institution, 2 letters of recommendation from your peers that address the your research, medical writing and editorial abilities, should be sent by February 28, 2022 to the Chair, PAIN Editor-in-Chief Search Committee, c/o Sally Weiss at [email protected].