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Thank you for your interest in publishing in Regional Anesthesia & Pain Medicine, 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.

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. To view all BMJ Journal policies please refer to the BMJ Author Hub policies page.

Article Publishing Charges

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

For more information on open access, funder compliance and institutional programmes 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.

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 authors may submit proposals for specific articles using the form available here.

Completed forms should be emailed to the editorial office at marc.huntoon@vcuhealth.org.

Article Types

Original Articles

Original articles 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 Reports

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 Articles

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

Ultrasound Articles

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, Case Presentation, Results, Discussion, Acknowledgements. Supplemental instructional videos are encouraged. 

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

Brief Technical Reports

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, Results, Discussion, Acknowledgements (see the guidelines under Original Articles). 

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

Review Articles

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 Articles

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

Editorials

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 Reviews

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

Letters to the Editor

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, followed by the table and figure legend, if any.

References: up to 6

Invited Reply 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).

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.

References: up to 6

Supplements

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).