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Tradition of Excellence Continues

      As The Journal of Pain enters its 12th year of publication, I am very pleased to report continued and robust growth in interest, prestige, and excellence. By virtually any measure, the flagship journal of the American Pain Society continues its journey as a distinguished outlet for pain scientists and clinicians.
      Authors from around the globe have shown a growing interest in publishing their work in The Journal. Nearly half of all submissions are received from countries outside the United States, adding to our international flavor. Most submissions focus on clinical or basic science, but submissions of specialty articles that present new theoretical perspectives or that review a particular topic are also gaining interest and provoking discussion.
      As more authors select The Journal as their publication outlet, we have had to modify the criteria used for acceptance. We strive to focus on hypothesis-driven work that tests and develops pain theory as well as comprehensive and systematic reviews that provide state-of-the-science summaries of pain treatments and research findings. We also continue to encourage research from medical specialists, basic scientists, dentists, psychologists, nurses, physical and occupational therapists, and other scientists who represent our Society’s multidisciplinary perspectives.
      After more than a decade of continued success, it is telling that The Journal’s Impact Factor is at its highest level ever. The most recent rating is 3.778, up from 3.387 the previous year. The Journal ranks in the first quartile of clinical neurology journals, and in the top third of neuroscience research publications. The climbing Impact Factor reflects a continued increase in the quality and importance of the papers submitted to and published in The Journal.
      Most authors receive an initial decision within about 3.5 weeks of submission. Furthermore, we are working hard to publish accepted manuscripts as soon as possible after acceptance. Articles that are accepted appear online within about 3 months, via The Journal’s “Articles in Press” feature, available at http://www.jpain.org/inpress. After acceptance and page proof approval by authors, such papers are assigned a digital object identifier number (DOI) and can therefore be cited and retrieved.
      As we embark on a new year, I would like to thank the Editorial Board members for their expert guidance. Board members who joined us in the last year include Jeffrey J. Borckardt, Roger Chou, Geert Crombez, Ronald Dubner, Robert Edwards, Adam Hirsh, John Markman, Stephen Morley, Warren Nielson, Rajan Radhakrishnan, Daniel Riddle, D.S. (Judy) Veldhuijzen, Tonya Palermo, and Raymond Tait. I would also like to thank the hundreds of referees—acknowledged at the back of this issue—who volunteered their invaluable advice throughout the year. It is primarily because of the generous efforts of our Editorial Board and referees that The Journal continues to thrive.