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About the Journal

The open home of global research and emerging pain science

​PAIN Reports is an official publication of the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP). An open access multidisciplinary journal that publishes continuously. PAIN Reports promotes a global, rapid, and readily accessible forum that advances clinical, applied, and basic research on pain. The online journal publishes full-length articles as well as brief reports, reviews, meta-analyses, meeting proceedings, and selected case reports. PAIN Reports gives special attention to submissions reporting the results of enterprising and high-risk research and pilot studies as well as locally developed clinical guidelines from scientists and clinicians in developing countries. IASP also publishes the journal PAIN.

Indexing: PAIN Reports is indexed in PubMed Central, the Directory of Open Access Journals, Portico, and CrossRef. ​

Article types: The journal will only consider publication of work that includes information that is sufficient to permit replication by other laboratories. Manuscripts reporting data from novel chemical probes will not be considered unless the structure and pharmacological characterization, including selectivity and relevant formulation, are reported or directly described in a prior peer-reviewed publication.

The following article types are considered for publication in PAIN Reports.

  • Research Papers (maximim of 4,000 words)
  • Reviews (maximum of 8,000 words)
  • PAIN Clinical Updates* (maximum of 4,000 words)
  • Meeting Proceedings (maximum of 8,000 words)
  • Case Reports/Studies (maximum of 1,500 words)
  • Brief Reports (maximum of 1,500 words)
  • Commentaries* (maximum of 1,500 words)
  • Letters to the Editor (maximum of 1,500 words)
  • Guidelines (maximum of 8,000 words)
  • Perspectives (maximum of 1,500 words)
* Invited Only

Article processing charges (APC) vary by article type. For more information on APCs and word limits, please see our Instructions for Authors at https://journals.lww.com/painrpts/Pages/Instructions-for-Authors.aspx.

PAIN Reports will publish articles under the following sections:


• General Section
• Neuropathic
• Musculoskeletal
• Acute and Perioperative
• Cancer and Palliative
• Headache and Orofacial
• Basic
• Psycology
• Pharmacology
• Pediatric
• Education
• Pain in the Humanities
• Regional (geographic)