Pain Practice

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Edited By: Craig T. Hartrick

Impact Factor: 2.361

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2014: 13/30 (Anesthesiology); 93/192 (Clinical Neurology)

Online ISSN: 1533-2500

Author Guidelines



Manuscripts submitted to Pain Practice should be prepared according to guidelines established by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (see 'Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals: Writing and Editing for Biomedical Publication' available at: as well as the following instructions and submitted online at:

Questions concerning manuscript submission should be directed to:

Craig T. Hartrick, MD
Editor-in-Chief, Pain Practice

Manuscripts should be submitted electronically and accompanied by a cover letter indicating that the material, in whole or part, has not been previously published and is not currently under consideration for publication in another journal. All submissions will be checked for duplicate publication; self-plagiarism is not allowed. Authors are encouraged to check their manuscript prior to submission to prevent inadvertent plagiarism and copyright infringement using software such as iThenticate.

Microsoft Word is the preferred text file format. Submitted files must be editable; do not submit pdf files of your text. An Author's Checklist must be completed detailing each author's contribution and all potential conflicts of interest.

Authors Responsibilities
1. All authors must: a) have made significant scientific contribution to the work, b) be familiar with the content, and c) be willing to take responsibility for the completeness and accuracy of the content. If authorship is attributed to a group, all members of the group must meet the full criteria and requirements for authorship as described

2. All potential conflicts of interest relating to the manuscript content, preparation, and funding must be disclosed. The Conflict of Interest guidelines can be found

3. Authors presenting work involving human experimentation must: a) adhere to Good Clinical Practice guidelines as outlined by the International Conference on Harmonisation (, b) where relevant, provide evidence of investigation specific informed consent, and c) state in the beginning of Methods section that the study was approved by an Investigational Review Board. Informed Consent guidelines can be found here.

4. Authors presenting work involving animal experimentation must: a) adhere to the guidelines of the International Association for the Study of Pain(Zimmerman, M: Ethical guidelines for investigations of experimental pain in conscious animals. Pain 1983;16:109-110), and b) state in the Methods section that the study was approved by an Animal Care Committee (IACUC) (

5. The Editors encourage investigators to register their clinical trials in one of the public trials registries, such as the International Standard Randomized Controlled Trial Number (ISRCTN) register ( or run by the National Library of Medicine ( The service is available without charge. Randomized, controlled trials involving medical interventions should be fully registered in one of the public registries before enrollment of the first patient to be considered for publication. Well-controlled, registered studies, including those with negative results, are especially encouraged.

CONSORT ( or, if a diagnostic study is being reported, STARD (, diagrams must be included where appropriate. Authors submitting Observational Studies should follow the STROBE guidelines (STrengthening the Reporting of Observational studies in Epidemiology; Randomized Controlled Trials are required to include a Figure illustrating the appropriate diagram.

Author Material Archive Policy
Please note that unless specifically requested, Wiley Blackwell will dispose of all electronic material submitted two months after publication. If you require the return of any material submitted, please inform the Editorial Office or Production Editor as soon as possible. Authors are encouraged to provide digital archiving to preserve internet citations when cited in the References section using a service such as that available at: 

English-language Editing Services
Authors for whom English is a second language may choose to have their manuscript professionally edited before submission or during the review process. Authors wishing to pursue a professional English-language editing service should make contact and arrange payment with the editing service of their choice. For more details regarding the recommended services, please refer to this page.

Types of Articles
The following types of articles are among those published in Pain Practice. The word counts listed are intended to be general guidelines, not absolute restrictions.

1. Original Research: Typically original manuscripts should be 5,000 words or less;

2. Editorials: 3,000 words or less;

3. Review articles: 15,000 words or less;

4. Tutorials, not to exceed 20,000 words;

5. Clinical case conference articles: 15,000 words or less;

6. Medical-legal, Practice Management, and History of Pain articles: 10,000 words or less;

7. Case Reports, Technical Reports, Brief Clinical Reports: Typically 3,000 words or less;

8. Announcements, not to exceed 250 words;

9. Letters to the editor, not to exceed 500 words;

10. Career opportunities, not to exceed 150 words.

Manuscript Format
Manuscripts should be submitted in English and typed double spaced. Allow adequate margins and number all pages consecutively. Manuscripts should consist of a title page, text, acknowledgments, references, tables, legends, and figures, arranged in that order. Following the online instructions, submissions must include a version prepared in a blinded fashion (all author and institutional identifiers removed).

Title Page

The title page should include:

1. The full title of the article;

2. The full first name, middle initial, and last name of each author, along with the highest academic degree(s) of each;

3. The departmental and institutional affiliation with city and county for each author;

4. The name, address, telephone number and email address of the author responsible for correspondence about the manuscript;

5. The name and address of the author to whom requests for reprints should be addressed, or a statement to the effect that reprints will not be available from the author.

In the text, measurements of distance/length and weight should be expressed in metric units. Only standard abbreviations should be used throughout an article, with unusual abbreviations spelled out the first time they appear in text, followed in parentheses by the abbreviation. Consult the latest editions of the Council of Biology Editors Style Manual or the AMA Manual of Style for current usage. Specify drugs by generic name(s), giving dosage(s), and route (s) of administration. If a brand name is used, insert it in parentheses after the generic name.

Individuals who satisfy only one or two of the three
authorship criteria should be recognized in the Acknowledgment section of the manuscript. All financial and material support should also be disclosed in the Acknowledgment section. The roles of each sponsor in data acquisition and the decision to publish the data must be reported.

References should be numbered consecutively in the order in which they are first cited in the text, using Index Medicus abbreviations. Only references to books and articles or abstracts published in peer-reviewed journals should be cited. Personal communications and unpublished data should be cited only in the text and left unnumbered. For journal articles, the names of all authors should be given unless there are more than 6, in which case the names of the first 3 authors are used, followed by 'et al.' References should adhere to the style shown in the following examples (see AMA Manual of Style):

For standard journal articles
6 authors:
Restall J, Tully AM, Warf PJ, Smith RH, Reidy GH, Greeco DL.
Total intravenous anesthesia for military surgery. A technique
using ketamine, midazolam and veruonium. Anaesth. 1988;

More than 6 authors:
Campbell S, Salamone L, Coleman P, et al. Phantom tooth pain.
Reg Anesth Pain Med. 1999;24:75-80.

For books:
Leriche R. Surgery of Pain. Baltimore: Williams & Wilkins; 1939:889-898.

Tables should supplement, but not duplicate, text and should be numbered consecutively with Arabic numerals in their order of appearance. Each table should have a title. Tables should be double spaced, each on a separate sheet. Explanatory matter should be footnoted. Data used from another published or unpublished source should be fully acknowledged, and permission for reproduction of previously published material should be obtained from the author and publisher. Do not number pages on which tables appear.

Submit written permission from publisher(s) for any figure that has been published previously. Do not send original artwork, radiographs, or electrocardiograms. Photographs in which a patient or other person is identifiable must be accompanied by written permission from the individual. The release must state that the individual has consented to be photographed, waives right of approval, and assigns copyright to the authors. Photomicrographs must have internal scale markers. Symbols, arrows, or letters used in photomicrographs should contrast with the background. Figures should be cited in consecutive order in text and numbered with Arabic numerals.

Color figures will be published free of charge if judged relevant and of good quality.

Submission of Electronic Art
Because of the wide range of graphics programs in use, it is impossible to accommodate all of them. If a digital art file is submitted with the revised version of an accepted manuscript, there is no guarantee that it will be useable and therefore it must be accompanied by the highest quality output available to be used as camera copy and/or comparison for output.

The primary criteria for useable files are as follows:
There are three preferred formats for digital artwork submission: Encapsulated PostScript (EPS), Portable Document Format (PDF), and Tagged Image Format (TIFF). We suggest that line art be saved as EPS files. Alternately, these may be saved as PDF files at 600 dots per inch (dpi) or better at final size. Tone art, or photographic images, should be saved as TIFF files with a resolution of 300 dpi at final size. For combination figures, or artwork that contains both photographs and labeling, we recommend saving figures as EPS files, or as PDF files with a resolution of 600 dpi or better at final size. More detailed information on the submission of electronic artwork can be found at

Legends for illustrations should be typed double spaced in a separate file and submitted with the manuscript. Symbols, arrows, numbers, or letters used to identify parts of figures should be identified and explained clearly in the legends.

Author Resources:
Informed Consent
Author Checklist
Conflict of Interest

License Agreement
If your paper is accepted, the author identified as the formal corresponding author for the paper will receive an email prompting them to login into Author Services; where via the Wiley Author Licensing Service (WALS) they will be able to complete the license agreement on behalf of all authors on the paper.

For authors signing the copyright transfer agreement

If the OnlineOpen option is not selected the corresponding author will be presented with the copyright transfer agreement (CTA) to sign. The terms and conditions of the CTA can be previewed in the samples associated with the Copyright FAQs below:

CTA Terms and Conditions

For authors choosing OnlineOpen

If the OnlineOpen option is selected the corresponding author will have a choice of the following Creative Commons License Open Access Agreements (OAA):

Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License OAA

Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial -NoDerivs License OAA

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If you select the OnlineOpen option and your research is funded by The Wellcome Trust and members of the Research Councils UK (RCUK) you will be given the opportunity to publish your article under a CC-BY license supporting you in complying with Wellcome Trust and Research Councils UK requirements. For more information on this policy and the Journal’s compliant self-archiving policy please visit:

For RCUK and Wellcome Trust authors click on the link below to preview the terms and conditions of this license:

Creative Commons Attribution License OAA

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