Relevant Medical Journals

NOTE: Many journals publish papers relevant to RSD, chronic pain, etc. Those selected for inclusion here either specialize in pain or are of sufficiently high impact that their omission would have rendered the list incomplete.

This section has been redesigned, to enable those who wish to be more up-to-date with their knowledge of current research in CRPS/RSD. Five of the most important journals in pain management are published by Dove Press, which is open source, meaning that there are no copyright restrictions on using, reproducing, etc. any published articles.

The five journals are each contained in separate web pages, each one with the abstract and other information about the top 20 articles in the most recent issue of each journal. Clicking any article title will take you to a full pdf of the paper. Here are the four journals; to access any one, just click on its title, which will open a new window/tab.

Important CRPS Journals (&links)
Orphan Drugs: Research and Reviews

Acupuncture & Electro-Therapeutics Research "The aim of the journal is to provide an international forum for the exchange of ideas and promotion of basic and clinical research in acupuncture, electro-therapeutics, and related fields."

Acute Pain "a peer-reviewed international journal, and has a specific emphasis on the clinical presentation and treatment of acute pain, in particular the practical issues of organization, techniques, safety and efficacy." Ceased publication in December 2009; archive of past issues is available. The server is quite slow; you may need to try several times before connecting.

American Academy of Neurology "an international professional association of more than 25,000 neurologists and neuroscience professionals dedicated to promoting the highest quality patient-centered neurologic care. "

Analgesia "an international journal published four times a year that provides for the rapid review and publication in English of original research reports and reviews involving rigorous ethical experimental studies on the basic mechanisms and therapeutics of pain relief." Ceased publication in 2009, replaced by Reviews in Analgesia

Anesthesia and Analgesia "The gold standard of anesthesia", which exists "exists for the benefit of current and future patients under the care of health care professionals engaged in the disciplines broadly related to anesthesiology: perioperative medicine, critical care, and pain management."

British Medical Journal   "Our mission is to lead the debate on health and to engage, inform, and stimulate doctors, researchers, and other health professionals in ways that will improve outcomes for patients. We aim to help doctors to make better decisions. "

Clinical Journal of Pain, The official journal of the Eastern Pain Association (the eastern affiliate of the American Pain Society), this high-impact journal publishes dozens of papers each year directly relevant to CRPS/RSD and other forms of chronic, neuropathic pain.

Current Anesthesia and Critical Care "Published bimonthly, each issue gives you access to the most current and vital account of what's going on in these critical areas."

Current Pain and Headache Reports "this journal aims to review the most important, recently published clinical findings regarding the diagnosis, treatment, and management of pain and headache. By providing clear, insightful, balanced contributions by international experts, the journal intends to serve all those involved in the care and prevention of pain and headache."

Der Schmerz   (German for "The Pain") excellent journal of recent pain research - NOT translated into English

European Federation of Neurological Societies "a common home for neurological patient care, research, education and partnership in Europe"

European Journal of Neurology "The journal provides a forum for European activity in clinical neuroscience and medical practice and help strengthen the links between research workers and clinicians in Europe and other parts of the world."

European Journal of Pain, The "The European Journal of Pain is an international multidisciplinary journal that aims to become a global forum on all major aspects of pain and its management. The journal differs from existing pain journals in its clinical and educational emphasis."  dedicated to the accessibility of free medical journals for the public; includes high impact journals such as JAMA, Lancet, etc.  

Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain "Headache publishes original articles on all aspects of head and face pain including communications on clinical and basic research, diagnosis and management, epidemiology, genetics, and pathophysiology of primary and secondary headaches, cranial neuralgias, and pains referred to the head and face."

Journal of the American Medical Association .the highest impact of any medical journal, providing "the latest peer-reviewed information on a broad range of issues relating to the body and its conditions—clinical studies, surgical therapeutics, techniques, and breakthrough treatments".

Journal of Headache and Pain, The Official Journal of the "European Headache Federation" and of "Lifting The Burden - The Global Campaign against Headache"

Journal of Musculoskeletal Pain  "This journal serves as a central resource for the dissemination of information about fibromyalgia, myofascial pain, and other types of musculoskeletal pain"

Journal of Pain, The  from the American Pain Society; its stated mission is "to improve the care of patients in pain by providing a forum for clinical researchers, basic scientists, clinicians, and other health professionals to publish original research."

Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
"an internationally respected, peer-reviewed journal and serves an interdisciplinary audience of professionals by providing a forum for the publication of the latest clinical research and best practices related to the relief of illness burden among patients afflicted with serious or life-threatening illness."

Journal of Pain Research "an international, peer-reviewed, open access, online journal that welcomes laboratory and clinical findings in the fields of pain research and the prevention and management of pain."

Journal of Pain and Palliative Care Pharmacotherapy "an interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed, quarterly publication that addresses advances in acute, chronic, and end-of-life symptom management. It is published both in print and electronically (online)."

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) "The mission of NINDS is to reduce the burden of neurological disease - a burden borne by every age group, by every segment of society, by people all over the world."

Neurology the most widely-respected journal in the world reporting recent developments in all areas of neurology.

New England Journal of Medicine
  one of the most respected medical journals in the world

   on-line version of the magazine, which is a really good source of practical information. It has a decidedly different feel than "typical" medical journals or other publications.

  this journal (with Top. Pain Mgmt. a close second) has the most direct relevance to RSD and neuropathies.

Pain Clinic, The
"a pain information website run by Doctor Richard Walker, retired Consultant in Pain Management. It provides information, help and advice for pain sufferers and their carers on the diagnosis and treatment of common acute and chronic pain complaints."

Pain Forum
"From the site, a surprisingly good forum for the discussion of everything related to pain."

Pain Research and Management
"Pain Research & Management is the official journal of the Canadian Pain Society and serves as a major venue for the results of Canadian research, society guidelines and continuing medical education."

Pain Reviews ceased publication in 2002, but is still a source of very useful data

Pediatric Pain Letter, The
"provides free, open-access, peer-reviewed commentaries on pain in infants, children and adolescents. Book reviews and announcements of events related to pediatric pain are also accepted."

Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine "a bimonthly journal that publishes peer-reviewed scientific and clinical studies to advance the understanding and clinical application of regional techniques for surgical anesthesia and postoperative analgesia."

Reviews in Analgesia "Reviews in Analgesia (formerly Analgesia) is an international journal that publishes in English original reviews by experts on topics related to the basic mechanisms and therapeutics of pain relief."

Seminars in Anesthesia, Perioperative Medicine, and Pain "provides anesthesiologists with a review of important topics in the field. Each issue is devoted to a topic of particular interest in which invited experts provide a wealth of clinical experience."

South African Journal of Anæsthesiology and Analgesia "primary aim is the publication of original research in anæsthesia and analgesia and review papers for continued professional development (CPD). The publication is aimed at both specialist anæsthetists and general practitioners."

Topics in Pain Management "reports news on a wide range of pain management topics gleaned from a survey of dozens of journal articles. Each issue provides readers with in-depth reviews edited to highlight information pertinent to the rapid management of pain."

Trends in Anaesthesia and Critical Care "aims to be a leading biomedical review journal, providing reviews and comment on highly topical subjects and the latest breakthroughs in basic, clinical and translational research. "

World Congress of Neurology - Vienna, Austria | September, 2013 "The XXI World Congress of Neurology will feature a rich scientific programmer, including the latest developments in clinical practice and research, distinguished plenary speakers, teaching courses, workshops, and lectures, all on the increasingly global aspect of our work."