Dear readers of this first issue of the Scandinavian Journal of Pain in 2018,
You may wonder about the journal’s new layout and why the full papers are now included in the printed edition. The reason for this is that our journal has found a new home with a new publisher.
As we part ways with our previous publisher Elsevier, we would like to express our gratitude to our first contact there, the journal’s “midwife” in 2009, Karena Grundy, who is now at Elsevier’s Global Publishing Services Centre of Excellence, and to our excellent journal manager for most of these 8 years, Paul Crabtree. They both made sure our editorial and production processes always proceeded smoothly and on time.
Starting with the first issue in 2018, the Scandinavian Journal of Pain will be published by Walter De Gruyter GmbH. De Gruyter has a history of academic publishing since 1749, and currently publishes about 1,300 books a year and 700 scientific journals, among them a number of medical and biology titles. De Gruyter has an excellent reputation with university librarians, editors, authors and readers.
Our contacts at De Gruyter have impressed us with their professionalism and positivity. They have facilitated a smooth and orderly transition of our routines and specific in-house procedures. As part of these changes, we will now use the electronic manuscript submission system Editorial Manager®, which is very similar to the editorial system previously used. Furthermore, all print subscribers are now able to read not only the abstract but full articles in the paper version. Editor’s Choice articles will be selected on a regular basis and be freely accessible online. Additionally, papers that might be of interest to a wider audience will be featured with short summaries on De Gruyter’s recently launched news site Science Discoveries. Alexandra Hinz serves as Managing Editor of the Scandinavian Journal of Pain at De Gruyter and will be the main liaison regarding the daily editorial and publishing activities.
We are happy to announce that the application for MEDLINE-indexing of the Scandinavian Journal of Pain was successful. Since early 2017, all articles published in our journal have been indexed, and eventually all articles published since the start in 2009 will become visible on PubMed. This is a significant milestone for the journal and provides huge opportunity for further development. De Gruyter management has shown a strong motivation to make use of this window of opportunity to make the Scandinavian Journal of Pain thrive and grow in distribution, quality, and global impact.
We – the Board of the Scandinavian Association for the Study of Pain (SASP), the Editors of SJPAIN, and our dedicated helpers at De Gruyter – are all optimistic about the future of this scientific journal. We will continue our efforts to attract high-quality manuscripts reporting on research and educational activities in all aspects of pain research and clinical management of acute and chronic pain. We will continue to help authors with expert feedback from reviewers and editors, and will publish their manuscripts with the highest quality and speed in digital and print versions.
Last but not least we would like to thank all authors who have submitted their manuscripts to the Scandinavian Journal of Pain. We also thank the editorial board members and other pain-researchers who spend much of their valuable time helping authors and editors to improve their manuscripts. Without their help the Scandinavian Journal of Pain would not exist.
President of SASP
Christopher S. Nielsen
Liaison between SASP and the Scandinavian Journal of Pain
About the article
Published Online: 2018-02-22
Published in Print: 2018-01-26
Citation Information: Scandinavian Journal of Pain, Volume 18, Issue 1, Pages 1–1, ISSN (Online) 1877-8879, ISSN (Print) 1877-8860, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/sjpain-2018-0018.