Instructions for authors

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Instructions to Authors

Pain Nursing Magazine – Italian Online Journal is a quarterly online journal published by the Paolo Procacci Foundation, with the scientific cooperation of the Italian Association for the Study of Pain and of the San Marino Association for the Study of Pain. The aim of the journal is to become a global forum on all major aspects of nursing management of pain. Submissions from all over the world are welcome.

Pain Nursing Magazine publishes scientific articles on pain nursing management, health organization, health policy and economics, communication between patients and healthcare professionals, and ethical and social issues of health management. Articles are accepted in English and Italian languages.


Submission of manuscripts

Manuscripts (electronic format in an established word processor, not as a PDF file) must be submitted to the following e-mail address:

Authors declaration

Copyright and Disclosures

Manuscripts are accepted on the understanding that they report unpublished work that is not under consideration for publication elsewhere. The Authors assign and transfer to the Paolo Procacci Foundation all of the rights, title, and interest in and to the copyright of the work in its current form and in any form subsequently revised for publication and/or electronic dissemination, including translations to another language. All authors have read and approved the manuscript as submitted and are prepared to take public responsibility for the work and they attest that those individuals or institutions listed in the Acknowledgments or personal communications are aware that their names appear.

Permission to quote and reproduce material previously published must be obtained from the copyright holder, and a copy of the letter granting such permission must accompany the manuscript.

Authors are expected to disclose any commercial associations that might pose a conflict of interest in connection with the submitted manuscript. All funding sources supporting the work submitted should be properly acknowledged on the title page of the manuscript and quoted in the manuscript before the references list.



All experimental work should be in accordance with the ethical standards of a responsible committee, the Helsinki Declaration. Authors reporting on experimental work on humans should, where relevant, submit evidence that the work has been approved by an institutional clinical research panel or its equivalent.


Proofs and Reprints

No proofs are sent to the Authors. To order reprints, please contact the editorial staff:


Page charges

There will be no page charges for Pain Nursing Magazine.


Manuscripts Structure and Preparation

Original Articles (maximum of 20.000 characters, spaces included, abstract not exceeding 200 words, key words no more than 6, in alphabetical order, max of 30 references, short running title).

Clinical Cases  (maximum of 10.000 characters, spaces included, abstract not exceeding 100 words, key words no more than 6, in alphabetical order, max of 15 references, short running title).

Topical Reviews (maximum of 20.000 characters, spaces included, abstract not exceeding 100 words, key words no more than 6, in alphabetical order, max of 40 references, short running title).

Editorials maximum of 10.000 characters, spaces included, abstract non exceeding 100 words, essential bibliography.

Letters to the Editor maximum of 2000 characters, spaces included.

Short Communications  maximum of 3.000/4.000 characters, spaces included, 1 table, 1 figure, essential bibliography).
The title page should include the full title, the full name (no initials) of each author, each author’s affiliation; the address (postal and e-mail) of the corresponding author. Whenever possible, the text should be divided into major sections such as: Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion, Acknowledgments and References.


Units & Abbreviations

Abbreviations, numbers and SI lengths, measurements of length, height and volume should be reported in metric units (metre, kilogram, litre).

Temperatures should be given in degrees Celsius and blood pressures in millimetres of mercury or kPa with the alternative units in

parentheses. All other measurements including laboratory measurements should be reported in the metric system in terms of the International System of Units (SI). Abbreviations should be limited and defined after the first use of the term.
Tables and Figures should have a title and should be numbered with Arabic numbers (1, 2, etc.). The number of the tables must be kept to a minimum. The data must be completely but concisely presented. Make sure that all the abbreviations and symbols in the figure are explained in the legend.

Keep text and graphics (and any other items) as separate files – do not import the figures into the text file.  Name your files using the correct extension, e.g. text.doc, fig1a.eps, fig1.tif, tbl1-6.xls, etc.


Generic names of drugs should be used where possible. When quoting from specific materials on proprietary drugs, authors must state in parentheses the name and address of the manufacturer.


References should be typed single-spaced at the end of the text and numbered consecutively in the order in which they are first mentioned. The reference list must include all authors referred to in the text and in the tables or legends. References in the text, tables, and legends must be identified by Arabic numerals in parentheses. In the text, references shall be made by giving the name of the authors followed by the appropriate number in parentheses (e.g.: “Smith (1) has reported…” or simply by giving the appropriate number in parentheses (e.g.: “As has recently been reported (1,2) …”). In the text, when there are more than two authors, only the name of the first author should be given, followed by “et al.”. In the reference list, all authors should be listed when there are 6 or fewer, when there are 7 or more only the first 3 should be given, followed by “et al.”.


Article in a periodical:
– Mustola S, Baer T, Metsa-Ketela T, Laippala P. A District General Hospital pain management programme: first year experiences and outcomes. Anaesthesia 1995; 50: 114-117.

Chapter in a book:

Villanueva L, Fields H. Endogenous central mechanisms of pain modulation. In: Villanueva L,  Dickenson AH, Ollat H editor. The pain system in normal and pathological states: a primer for clinicians. Seattle: IASP Press, 2004: 223–243

An entire book:
Astrand PO, Rodahe K. Textbook of work physiology. New York: Mc-Graw-Hill, 1986: 320.
Congress Proceedings:

Wall PD. Pain in context: the intellectual roots of pain research and therapy. In:  Devor M,  Wiesenfeld-Hallin Z,  Rowbotham MC editor. Proceedings of the 9th World Congress on Pain. Seattle: IASP Press, 1999:  19–33

Personal communications, manuscripts in preparation and other unpublished data should not be cited in the reference list but may be mentioned in the text in parentheses.

Citing and listing of Web references:

As a minimum, the full URL should be given. Any further information, if known (DOI, author names, dates, reference to a source publication, etc.), should also be given. Web references should be listed separately (e.g., after the reference list) under the heading “Web references”.


Reviewing process

The reviewing process for all articles will be handled by the Editor-in-Chief and by the Editors. The author will be notified within 3 months of submission as to the status of the article.


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