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Thank you for your interest in publishing in Regional Anesthesia & Pain Medicine (RAPM), the official publication of the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine and the European Society of Regional Anaesthesia and Pain Therapy, as well as the Asian and Oceanic Society of Regional Anesthesia, the Latin American Society of Regional Anesthesia, the African Society for Regional Anesthesia (AFSRA), and the Academy of Regional Anaesthesia of India (AORA). RAPM is a peer-reviewed journal providing scholarly presentation of science and clinical issues of importance to anesthesiologists and other physicians engaged in regional anesthesia and pain medicine. Coverage includes intraoperative regional techniques, perioperative pain, chronic pain, obstetric anesthesia, pediatric anesthesia, outcome studies, and complications.

Important Reminders

  • RAPM now requests that authors use reporting guidelines.
  • Write clearly and concisely, with your reader in mind.
  • Check all references.
  • Refer to the RAPM Manuscript Template for accurate formatting of manuscripts.
  • For instructions on how to present your data, please see RAPM‘s Standardized Approach to Data Presentation.
  • For instructions on how to review a manuscript for RAPM, please see the journal’s guide for reviewers.
  • We suggest that you upload any figures or images as .TIFF or .PDF files to ensure that they appear clearly when published.

Editorial Policies

RAPM aims to operate a fast submission and review process, to ensure timely, up-to-date research is available worldwide. Submissions should be made through the Journal’s online submission system here. Articles should not be under review by any other journal when submitted to RAPM. 

RAPM adheres to the highest standards concerning its editorial policies on publication ethics, scientific misconduct, consent and peer review criteria. The journal follows guidance produced by bodies that include the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), the World Association of Medical Editors (WAME) and the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE). To view all BMJ Journal policies, please refer to the BMJ Author Hub policies page.

We take seriously all possible misconduct. If an Editor, author or reader has concerns that a submitted article describes something that might be considered to constitute misconduct in research, publication or professional behavior, they should forward their concerns to the journal. The publisher will deal with allegations appropriately.

Articles are published under an exclusive license or non-exclusive license for UK Crown employees or where BMJ has agreed CC BY applies. For US Federal Government officers or employees acting as part of their official duties, the terms are as stated in accordance with our licence terms. Open access articles can be reused under the terms of the relevant Creative Commons licence to facilitate reuse of the content; please refer to the RAPM Author License for the applicable Creative Commons licences. Visit BMJ’s page on copyright and authors’ rights for more information.

As the author, you may wish to post your article in a PrePrint service, institutional or subject repository or a scientific social sharing network. For more information on author self archiving and rights to reuse content – which are dependent on the license you have obtained – please refer to the BMJ author self archiving and permissions policies page.

Article Processing Charges

During submission, authors can choose to have their article published open access. The costs for open access are $2,800 for members and $3,200 for non-members. There are no submission, page or color figure charges.

For more information on open access, funder compliance and institutional programs, please refer to the BMJ Author Hub open access page.

Manuscript Transfer

Your article will not automatically be transferred to RAPM if rejected from another BMJ Journal. However, you will be able to choose RAPM as an alternate journal when submitting an article to any BMJ Journal; any reviewer comments will be shared, resulting in a reduced time to decision.

Manuscripts will be evaluated separately by the RAPM editorial team, with different criteria for acceptance.

Data Checks

BMJ is a member of CrossCheck by CrossRef and iThenticate. iThenticate is a plagiarism screening service that verifies the originality of content submitted before publication. iThenticate checks submissions against millions of published research papers, and billions of web content. Authors, researchers and freelancers can also use iThenticate to screen their work before submission by visiting ithenticate.com

Data Sharing

Authors of original research articles are encouraged to include a data sharing statement when submitting their article. The statement should explain which additional unpublished data from the study—if any—are available, to whom, and how these can be obtained.

At present there is no major repository for clinical data, but Dryad has declared its willingness to accept medical datasets. Authors can start the deposition process while submitting to any BMJ Journal. Dryad provides authors with a DOI for the dataset to aid citation and provide a permanent link to the data. Note that Dryad hosts data using a CC0 licence so authors should check that this is suitable for the data that they are depositing. The DataCite organisation has a growing list of other repositories for research data.

ORCID

RAPM mandates ORCID iDs for the submitting author at the time of article submission; co-authors and reviewers are strongly encouraged to also connect their ScholarOne accounts to ORCID. We strongly believe that the increased use and integration of ORCID iDs will be beneficial for the whole research community.

Please find more information about ORCID and BMJ’s policy on our Author Hub.

Reviewer Resources

To guide peer reviewers in preparing reviews for research manuscripts, RAPM‘s Editor-in-Chief has provided a list of criteria for our reviewers.

Submission Policies

For guidelines on policy and submission across our journals, please click on the links below:

Authors may find it useful to consult our pre-submission checklist. The RAPM Manuscript Template includes proper formatting and line numbers can be downloaded here.

The word count excludes the title page, abstract, tables, acknowledgements and contributions and the references. If you are not a native English speaker and would like assistance with your article there is a professional editing service available.

When a paper has been submitted from the Editor, Deputy or Associate Editors’ departments, they have no role in the reviewing or decision making process. This also applies to any Associate Editors who are authors, in which instance the reviewing process is handled by the Editor-in-Chief.

Proposals

RAPM editors will not preview works in advance of submission, but interested authors may send a short proposal for a prospective article to the Editor-in-Chief at brian.d.sites@gmail.com for consideration.

Article Types

Original research

Original research should follow the basic structure of abstract, introduction, methods, results, discussion, references, with each section beginning on a new page.

Introduction (new page): Clearly state the article’s purpose. Give only pertinent references, and do not review the subject extensively. The final paragraph of the introduction should clearly state the hypothesis and primary outcome. Introductions should seldom exceed 1 page in length. Maximum length is 500 words.

Methods (new page): Include information relevant to methods of research, including statements if needed regarding patient consent, IRB approval, and clinical trial registration. Describe clearly your selection of observational or experimental subjects. Identify methods, apparatus, and procedures in enough detail to allow others to reproduce the results. Include at least one paragraph to the tools of statistical analysis, including how sample size was determined. If the work required clinical trial registration, note the registry, identifier, and date of registration in the Methods section.

Results (new page): Present your results in a logical sequence in text, tables, and illustrations. Emphasize or summarize only important observations.

Discussion (new page): The first paragraph should summarize what your study showed. Emphasize new and important aspects of the study and conclusions that follow from them. Briefly discuss the limitations of your study. Summarize conclusions in a final paragraph.

Acknowledgments (new page): Acknowledge only individuals who have made substantive contributions to the study (eg, statistical or editorial assistance), but who have not been included in the author list.

Supplementary and raw data can be placed online separately from the text, and we may request that you separate out some material into supplementary data files to make the main manuscript clearer for readers.

Word Count: 1,500 to 4,000 words
Abstract: up to 250 words
Introduction: 500 words
References: up to 30

Case report

Case reports are published selectively. Text for case reports is usually divided into sections with the headings of Introduction, Case Report, and Discussion, as follows.

Introduction (new page): Briefly summarize why this case demands review.

Case Report (new page): Provide a statement that the patient, next-of-kin, or legal guardian approved reporting the case(s). Provide sufficient details of the patient case study to allow readers to understand the decision-making used in providing care.

Discussion (new page): Emphasize new and important insights that were gained from this case and conclusions that follow from them. Case Reports should not extensively review all literature related to the topic, but rather emphasize how the case fundamentally adds to our existing knowledge.

Word Count: up to 2,000 words
References: up to 25

History article

A structured abstract or unstructured abstract should follow the title page in the manuscript. Text is usually divided into sections with the headings of Introduction, Methods, Discussion, Acknowledgements (see the guidelines under Original Articles).

Word Count: 1,500 to 2,500 words
References: up to 30

Brief technical report

RAPM welcomes articles that deal with technological advances in the field of medicine. We are especially interested in articles that explore innovative applications of image guidance (e. g. ultrasound, fluoroscopy, and MRI) in the context of both acute and chronic pain medicine. A structured abstract or unstructured abstract should follow the title page in the manuscript. The text is usually divided into sections with the following headings: Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, and Acknowledgements. 

Word Count: from 1,500 to 2,500 words
References: up to 20

Review

An unstructured abstract should follow the title page. Text is usually divided into sections with the headings of: Introduction, Methods, Discussion, Acknowledgements (see the guidelines under Original Articles). References should not exceed 125 unless an exception has been granted by the editorial office.

Word Count: up to 6,000
References: up to 125

Special article

An unstructured abstract should follow the title page in the manuscript. Text for Special Articles is usually divided into sections with the headings of: Introduction, Discussion, Acknowledgements (see the guidelines under Original Articles). Practice guidelines (i.e. published statements intended to guide clinical care) may be submitted as Special Articles.

Special articles vary in length but typically do not exceed 5000 words. References should not exceed 50 unless an exception has been granted by the editorial office.

Word Count: up to 5,000
Tables/Illustrations: up to 2
References: up to 50

Editorial

Editorials are solicited. They vary in length but typically should not exceed 1500 words. Editorials do not have abstracts, and the text should follow a discussion format.

Word Count: up to 1,500
Tables/Illustrations: up to 2
References: up to 10

Daring discourse

Daring Discourse columns serve as a peer-reviewed forum for essays and other articles that address an area of clinical uncertainty, controversy, or dogma in our subspecialties, especially articles that spotlight a research gap that needs to be filled to improve care. An unstructured abstract should follow the title page. Text for Daring Discourse is usually divided into sections with the headings of Introduction, Discussion, and Acknowledgements. 

Word Count: from 1,500 to 2,500 words
References: up to 25

Book review

Book reviews are generally solicited. Interested parties may query the Editor-in-Chief. The text of a book or media review should follow a discussion format.

Word Count: up to 100

Letter

The title of the letter should appear at the top of the page in bold. The letter should be addressed “To the Editor:”. The text for letters to the editor should follow a letter format. If the correspondence describes a case(s), provide a statement that the patient, next-of-kin, or legal guardian approved reporting the case(s).

Please note that Letters should not be used to communicate original research, case reports, or case series. Only Letters communicating concerns or thoughts pertaining to research published in RAPM or important issues related to regional anesthesia and pain management will be considered.

After the main body of the letter, the following information should appear:

  • Full name and highest degree of Author(s) (eg, John G. Smith, MD)
  • Institutional Department (eg, Department of Anesthesiology)
  • Name of Institution (eg, Virginia Mason Medical Center)
  • City and State, or, in the case of submissions from outside the United States, City and Country (eg, Seattle, Washington; Dublin, Ireland)

References should appear after the author names and affiliations, followed by the table and figure legend, if any.

Word Count: up to 600
Tables/Illustrations: 1 table or illustration
References: up to 6

Invited reply letter

On occasion, the Editor-in-Chief will invite authors to write a letter that directly responds to a recent publication. Such a letter can fall under one of two categories: an invited reply from a reader to a previously published paper, and an invited response from the authors of a published paper to a letter about their work. If you are asked to write a response to a letter about a paper you authored, you must submit your manuscript within two weeks of accepting your invitation.

The title of the letter should appear at the top of the page in bold. The letter should be addressed “To the Editor:” The text for letters to the editor should follow a letter format. If the correspondence describes a case(s), provide a statement that the patient, next-of-kin, or legal guardian approved reporting the case(s).

After the main body of the letter, the following information should appear:

  • Full name and highest degree of Author(s) (eg, John G. Smith, MD)
  • Institutional Department (eg, Department of Anesthesiology)
  • Name of Institution (eg, Virginia Mason Medical Center)
  • City and State, or, in the case of submissions from outside the United States, City and Country (eg, Seattle, Washington; Dublin, Ireland)

References should appear after the author names and affiliations and should cite the letter to which the author is replying, followed by the table and figure legend, if any.

Word Count: up to 600
Tables/Illustrations: 1 table or illustration
References: up to 6

Research letter

A research letter is an excellent way to efficiently communicate key findings from original research. The submission requirements mandate authors write impactfully and succinctly.

Research letters are reserved for original research of any study design. They are not meant for opinion articles, technical reports, position statements, or review articles. The Research Letter should have the same structure as an original research submission (i.e., Introduction, Methods, Results, and Discussion). It should not have an abstract.

Word Count: up to 600
Tables/Illustrations: up to 2
References: up to 6

Education article

RAPM publishes education articles that address timely topics related to clinical care, patient safety, and learning. Articles should focus on areas of broad appeal across the spectrum of acute and chronic pain medicine.  We are especially interested in supporting articles related to educational needs assessment, curriculum design, and the assessment of learning outcomes. RAPM Education manuscripts will typically be by invitation from the Editorial Board. However, potential authors may contact the Editor-in-Chief to suggest a topic for consideration.

Word Count: up to 4,000
Tables/Illustrations: up to 4
References: up to 20

Supplement

Journals from BMJ are willing to consider publishing supplements. Supplement proposals may be made at the request of:

  • The journal editor, an editorial board member or a learned society may wish to organise a meeting, sponsorship may be sought and the proceedings published as a supplement.
  • The journal editor, editorial board member or learned society may wish to commission a supplement on a particular theme or topic. Again, sponsorship may be sought.
  • BMJ Publishing Group itself may have proposals for supplements where sponsorship may be necessary.
  • A sponsoring organisation, often a pharmaceutical company or a charitable foundation, that wishes to arrange a meeting, the proceedings of which will be published as a supplement.

In all cases, it is vital that the journal’s integrity, independence and academic reputation is not compromised in any way.

When contacting us regarding a potential supplement, please include as much of the information below as possible:

  • Journal in which you would like the supplement published
  • Title of supplement and/or meeting on which it is based
  • Date of meeting on which it is based
  • Proposed table of contents with provisional article titles and proposed authors
  • An indication of whether authors have agreed to participate
  • Sponsor information including any relevant deadlines
  • An indication of the expected length of each paper Guest Editor proposals if appropriate

For further information on criteria that must be fulfilled, download the supplements guidelines (PDF).