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What is Open Access?

Open access (OA) is the practice of providing unrestricted access via the Internet to peer-reviewed scholarly research. Open access journals provide 'gold' open access, meaning immediate open access to all of their articles on the publisher's website. 'Gold' open access for individual articles is funded by authors (or their author's institution or funders) who pay an open access article-processing charge (APC).

What costs does the article-processing charge (APC) cover?
As costs are involved in every stage of the publication process, from peer review to copy editing and hosting the final article on dedicated servers, authors will be asked to pay an APC in order for their article to be published open access. By paying the APC, authors can post the final, published PDF of their article on a non-commercial web site, institutional repository or other non-commercial free public server, immediately on publication.

What types of articles will PAIN Reports publish?

How will readers know articles are open access?
All open access articles will be marked with an icon bearing 'Open Access' on the full-text and PDF formats of the published work, and information on the type of creative commons license will be available on all article formats and listed in the article metadata.

Why do authors pay article-processing charges (APC)?
PAIN Reports is an open access, peer-reviewed journal. To provide open access, the journal charges publication fees for each article published. These fees cover the expenses incurred by publication, including the peer review process, journal production and publication, and hosting and archiving fees. Fees vary by article type and are excluding tax/VAT. Any required taxes/VAT will be applied during the payment process.

The APCs for PAIN Reports are as shown below. IASP members pay a substantially discounted rate. Find out the benefits of IASP membership. Membership will be verified at acceptance.

Tier 1: Full-length Articles, Reviews, Guidelines                                                                 

IASP Members: $1,950 USD

Non-members: $2,500 USD                        

Tier 2 – Brief Reports, Case Reports

IASP Members: $1,600 USD

Non-members: $2,000 USD

Tier 3 – Letters to the Editor, Commentaries, Perspectives

IASP Members: $520 USD

Non-members: $650 USD

PAIN Reports offers full or partial equitable waivers for accepted articles from low-income and middle-income economies. Eligibility is based on the Research4Life eligibility criteria. Countries listed in Group A are eligible for the full waiver and countries listed in Group B are eligible for the partial (50%) waiver. The waiver is automatically applied based on the Corresponding Author's country information provided during submission. To determine your eligibility, visit the Research4Life criteria page at


Who retains copyright of the open access articles?
Authors retain copyright for their article, with content licensed under one of 2 Creative Commons 4.0 licenses.

  • Attribution: CC-BY. This license is available to authors funded by RCUK, Wellcome Trust, Austrian Science Fund (FWF), World Health Organization (WFO), and the World Bank and lets others distribute, remix, tweak, and build upon your work, even commercially, as long as they credit you for the original creation. This is the most accommodating of licenses offered.
  • Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs: CC BY-NC-ND. This license allows others to download your works and share them with others as long as they credit you, but they can't change them in any way or use them commercially.

If I publish in PAIN Reports, does this make me compliant with my funding body requirements?
PAIN Reports' services and policies ensure that authors can fully comply with the public access requirements of major funding bodies worldwide.

Is PAIN Reports online only?
Yes, PAIN Reports will only be available online, with no print edition.

How do I subscribe to PAIN Reports?
PAIN Reports is an open access journal, so there is no subscription.

Does PAIN Reports have an impact factor? Is PAIN Reports indexed in PubMed Central or PubMed?
PAIN Reports is indexed in PubMed Central and searchable in PubMed. As a new journal it does not yet have an Impact Factor, but when the required application criteria are met the journal will apply for indexing in Web of Science. ​