Practical Pain Management Editorial Guidelines

Practical Pain Management (PPM) welcomes unsolicited article proposals. As the nation's premier teaching journal for the treatment of pain, PPM is published 6 times per year, and also publishes an annual print and digital primer supplement, and websites serving both professional practitioners and patients.


Papers and proposals that align with our editorial calendar (see our Media Guide), as well as the content types listed below, may be submitted to the Executive Editor, Angie Drakulich, at More submission guidelines are below.

Our Approach

The editorial advisory board and team at Practical Pain Management (PPM) take pride in being responsive to the dynamic pain management landscape. Our content is constantly evolving to provide physicians, practitioners, and patients with the most up-to-date information and relevant approaches affecting the diagnosis and treatment of a variety of chronic pain conditions. From new treatment approaches, technologies, and medications to best-in-practice strategies surrounding patient care, PPM provides today’s primary healthcare providers and pain specialists with unparalleled expert reviews, impactful case studies, and leading insights.

Our Standards

Articles featured in PPM and on our website are generated by medical professionals and medical writers. All editorial content must meet the following standards:

  • Current: Presents up-to-date information, including the latest research, news, and recent developments in the field
  • ObjectivePresents a balanced view of an issue, when one or more alternative views exist. Authors’ financial disclosures and any potential conflicts of interest must be reported and are published in connection with relevant articles and/or author bio pages.
  • Original: All submitted manuscripts must be original material that has not been submitted to another publication. Any prior publication of the material, such as components of symposia, proceedings, books or chapters, articles published by invitation or reports, should be indicated upon submission. 
  • Relevant: Submissions must present clinically relevant information for the practitioner working to prevent, diagnose, or treat patients with non-cancer, chronic pain conditions.
  • Scientifically Rigorous: All data and assertions presented must include primary sources with AMA Style citations, as well as any relevant figures or tables.
  • Trustworthy: Core submissions are reviewed by one or more Editorial Advisory Board members and/or medical professionals for accuracy (see below).

    Important Notes: 

  • Authors submitting case reports, systematic reviews/meta-analyses, or original study data are responsible for meeting the requirements of the Code of Federal Regulations and HIPAA privacy guidelines.  When applicable, editors may request documentation of IRB approval or waiver.
  • PPM does not endorse, promote, or encourage the use of medical devices or medications in a manner that has not been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The appearance of an advertisement on a specific page does not indicate that PPM or the advertiser is promoting the use of a product for a non-approved use.

Editorial Content Submissions

Submissions are reviewed throughout the year on an ongoing basis. Lead-time between submission and publication is typically 3 to 6 months.

Authors are responsible for the accuracy and completeness of references (AMA style) as well as obtaining permission to reproduce any copyrighted materials, including repurposed images and figures. Copies of the correspondence granting permission should be included in the submission.

  • Case Studies & Reviews: Clinical vignettes and case-based presentations may be based on a compilation of real experiences and situations. Details should be altered so that people and places cannot be easily identifiable. Submissions of 1800-3000 words, including references, should include sections on: Patient History, Examination, Prior Treatment, Diagnosis, Pre- and Post-Treatment Images, Selected Treatment/Approach, Outcome, and Discussion. Note: PPM primarily publishes retrospective case reports.  See note about meeting Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) and HIPAA requirements above, when applicable. 
  • Columns & Commentaries: PPM seeks submissions throughout the year for its regular columns (approximately 800-1800 words), including:
  • Ask the Expert: This Q&A format invites a medical expert to address a common question facing pain practitioners.
  • Tips from the Field: These mini primers offer clinician-to-clinician advice and examples for operating a daily practice and/or pain clinic.
  • Guest Editorials & Commentaries: These opinion-based pieces address current topics facing the pain care industry.
  • Considerations in Law & Ethics: Legal and ethical insights into and advice for daily clinical practice, including regulatory updates and reviews.
  • Mental Health: Biopsychosocial insights into the emotional and cognitive side of managing chronic pain.
  • Pain Tech: Monthly reviews of new devices, diagnostic tools, apps, and web-based technologies or software. (Submit your product for review to
  • Literature Reviews: PPM welcomes literature reviews of recent peer-reviewed articles and studies addressing overarching conditions, treatments, or regulations affecting pain practice. 
  • Features & Special Reports: PPM regularly publishes papers written by medical professionals that provide novel insight and deep-dives into specific or comorbid, non-cancer chronic pain conditions and treatment approaches (both pharmacological and nonpharmacological).
  • Patient Story Submissions: Individuals living with chronic pain conditions are invited to share their personal stories for digital publication. These stories offer an opportunity to connect with and to advocate for other individuals facing similar struggles.


Submission Guidelines:

  • All submissions must be submitted in Microsoft Word via email to the Editor, Angie Drakulich, at
  • Submissions must include the name, title/affiliation, email, telephone number, preferred address, and a brief bio for each author.
  • Citations must be reported in AMA style, with no more than 40 references per paper. References older than 10  years ago should be used minimally and only if no current research on the same subject exists.
  • Images, figures, and tables must be submitted with captions in high resolution as an EPS, TIFF, JPEG, or PDF. All graphics must be cited within the manuscript.
  •  Submissions will be reviewed by the editorial staff and/or advisory board (see below) before being accepted for publication.
  • Authors whose papers are accepted will be required to sign our standard copyright and disclosure forms before publication.


Peer Review & Editorial Discretion:

  • Manuscripts are reviewed to determine objectivity, balance, scientific rigor, originality, and importance of content and conclusions. Case studies, literature reviews, core features, and special reports will be blind-reviewed by at least one peer (an Editorial Advisory Board member or other medical expert); and authors will receive peer reviewers’ comments judged to be most useful.
  • The editorial staff may make revisions to your article aimed at greater clarity, conciseness, and conformity to style. The final, edited version of the accepted paper will be sent to the author as a PDF for final approval.

Additional Types of Content

  • Sponsored Content: PPM receives sponsorship fees from medical companies to provide information on the site about their products and services. While a sponsorship fee does provide PPM with a financial benefit, it also benefits you by presenting useful information about medical products and services. An example of Sponsored Content is a pharmaceutical company paying a sponsorship fee to present information about one of its medications on PPM. Sponsored Content is created by the sponsor, or on its behalf. It is not subject to PPM's Editorial Standards (outlined above). All Sponsored Content on the site is clearly identified as being "Provided by...."
  • Third-party Funded Content: PPM receives funding from third parties to create independent content for the site. These third parties have no control or influence over the content that is produced. This content type is called Third-party Funded Content. An example of Third-party Funded Content is a company providing a grant to PPM for our writers to create an article about fibromyalgia, without any control or influence from the company. Third-party Funded Content is subject to PPM's Editorial Standards (outlined above). All Third-party Funded Content on our site is clearly identified as "Funded by...."
  • Licensed Content: This content that PPM chooses to use from a third party. PPM may be required to pay a fee to license the use of the content, or the license may be complimentary. Licensed Content is not necessarily sent through Editorial Board review, as we may be satisfied with the third parties' review process. However, content must adhere to standards for our Editorial Content.
  • Advertisements: All advertisements are clearly labeled "Advertisement" to alert users that the content they are reading is advertising content. The site observes strict rules regarding the types of advertisements that can be presented on the site. Visit our Advertising Policy for complete information.


Policies & Standards

  • Content Limitations: The content on the site is for educational purposes only. The site does not present medical advice and should never interfere with the patient and physician relationship. Visitors should consult with their physician on all matters pertaining to their medical condition.
  • Content Privacy: Extensive efforts are made to ensure that content on the site protects patient privacy. For example, if an x-ray is shown on the site, all items that might serve to identify the patient are removed prior to presentation. You can read the full Privacy Policy.
  • Content and FDA Labeling Limitations: PPM does not endorse, promote, or encourage the use of medical devices or medications in a manner that has not been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Appearance of an advertisement on a specific page does not indicate that PPM or the advertiser is promoting the use of a product for a non-approved use.
  • URAC Standards: URAC is a non-profit, independent accreditation agency, which offers a nationally recognized accreditation process and seal of approval for health websites. The process for accreditation is comprehensive, detailed, and understandably lengthy. PPM is actively working to comply with all URAC standards and to ultimately complete the accreditation process.
Last updated on: July 27, 2020