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Scandinavian Journal of Pain

Official Journal of the Scandinavian Association for the Study of Pain

Editor In Chief: Mads Werner

Dear authors, dear readers,

We are happy to introduce Mads U. Werner as the new Editor-in-Chief of the Scandinavian Journal of Pain, and to pay tribute to the outgoing Editor-in-Chief and founding editor of the journal, Harald Breivik.
In the Editorial of Issue 1/2020, written by Mads Werner, we invite you to learn more about Prof. Breivik’s illustrious career and legacy as well as about the future of the journal.

If you would like to hand in a paper, consult our instructions for authors and submit your manuscript online at: http://www.editorialmanager.com/sjpain.


  • Broad and stimulating approach to pain-related research
  • Publication of editorial comments that put research papers into context
  • High quality single-blind peer-review
  • International and renowned editorial board

If you have questions please contact SJPAIN's Editorial Office at: sjpain.editorial@degruyter.com

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The Scandinavian countries have a long and distinguished tradition of excellent scientific and medical contributions to pain research. Following this tradition, the Scandinavian Journal of Pain (SJPAIN) has been publishing internationally relevant articles on all aspects of pain since 2010. The journal is the official organ of the Scandinavian Association for the Study of Pain and serves as a comprehensive forum for original research on the nature of pain, pain mechanisms, and pain management. In order to bring pain-researchers and pain-clinicians up-to-date on important issues, the journal also encourages submissions of topical reviews.


  • Clinical Science and Epidemiology
  • Neurophysiology and Neuropathic Pain
  • Neurobiology and Pharmacology
  • Pain Measurement, Experimental, Statistics, and Imaging
  • Psychology

Article formats
Original articles (basic and clinical research), comprehensive systematic and topical reviews, hypothesis-generating case-reports and observational studies, short communications, letters to the Editor

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Volume 20 (2020): Issue 4 (Oct 2020)


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  • Effective 1st January 2016, authors from an institution affiliated with either the Association of Dutch Universities (VSNU), the Consortium of Swiss Academic Libraries or some UK libraries participating in the Jisc Collections SMP may publish primary research and review articles open access in any of De Gruyter's OnlineOpen journals at a discount of 90% of the APC price. For more information and to confirm whether your institution is eligible please see the following:
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Mads U. Werner, Copenhagen, Denmark
Email: sjpainmw@gmail.com

Founding Editor
Harald Breivik, Oslo, Norway

Honorary Editors
Lars Arendt-Nielsen, Aalborg, Denmark
Stephen Butler, Uppsala, Sweden
Torsten Gordh, Uppsala, Sweden
Per Hansson, Oslo, Norway
Eija Kalso, Helsinki, Finland
Troels Staehelin Jensen, Aarhus, Denmark
Audun Stubhaug, Oslo, Norway


Clinical Sciences: Acute Pain
Daniel B. Carr, Boston, USA
Michele Curatolo, Seattle, USA
James Eisenach, Winston-Salem, USA
Katri Hamunen, Helsinki, Finland
Maja-Liisa Kalliomäki, Tampere, Finland
Vesa Kontinen, Helsinki, Finland
Gunnvald Kvarstein, Oslo, Norway
Lone Nikolajsen, Aarhus, Denmark
Johan Raeder, Oslo, Norway

Clinical Sciences: Cancer-related pain
Pål Klepstad, Trondheim, Norway
Ulf Kongsgaard, Oslo, Norway
Geana Kurita, Copenhagen, Denmark
Reino Pöyhiä, Helsinki, Finland
Märta Segerdahl, Stockholm, Sweden

Clinical Sciences: Chronic Pain
Lene Baad-Hansen, Aarhus, Denmark
Asbjørn Mohr Drewes, Aalborg, Denmark
Björn Gerdle, Linköping, Sweden
Eva Kosek, Stockholm, Sweden
Srinivasa Raja, Baltimore, USA
Andrew Rice, London, UK
Cecilia Røe, Oslo, Norway
William S. Shaw, Farmington, CT, USA
Sebastian Straube, Alberta, Canada
Henrik B. Vægter, Odense, Denmark

Clinical Sciences: Neuropathic Pain
Nanna Finnerup, Aarhus, Denmark
Hanna Harno, Helsinki, Finland
Satu Jääskeläinen, Turku, Finland
Ellen Jørum, Oslo, Norway

Epidemiology, Omics and Economics of Pain
Emmanuel Bäckryd, Linköping, Sweden
Gary MacFarlane, Aberdeen, Scotland
Christopher S. Nielsen, Oslo, Norway

Experimental Pain
Lars Arendt-Nielsen, Aalborg, Denmark
Thomas Graven-Nielsen, Aalborg, Denmark
Dagfinn Matre, Oslo, Norway

Methods, Measurements and Biostatistics
Eva Skovlund, Trondheim, Norway

Neurobiology, Pharmacology and Basic Science
Christian Bjerggaard-Vaegter, Aarhus, Denmark
David P. Finn, Galway, Ireland
Lene Jarlbæk, Nybord, Denmark
Antti Pertovaara, Helsinki, Finland
Carl-Olav Stiller, Stockholm, Sweden
Camilla Svensson, Stockholm, Sweden
Bradley K. Taylor, Pittsburgh, USA

Nursing and Pain Management
Tone Rustøen, Oslo, Norway
Sigriður Zoega, Reykjavik, Iceland

Psychology of Pain and Pain Management
Katja Boersma, Örebro, Sweden
Steven Linton, Örebro, Sweden
Silje E. Reme, Oslo, Norway
Lene Vase, Aarhus, Denmark
Johan Vlaeyen, Leuven, Belgium

Editorial Office - Contact
Alexandra Hinz
De Gruyter
Genthiner Straße 13
10785 Berlin
Tel.: +49 (0)30 260 05 – 358
Email: sjpain.editorial@degruyter.com

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