1 Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, National Taiwan University Hospital
2Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, National Taiwan University College of Medicine, Taipei, Taiwan
3Center for Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, Wang-Fang Hospital, Taipei Medical University, Taipei, Taiwan
Taiwan Journal of Pain has been the official journal of Taiwan Pain Society since 2004, contributing to the dissemination of novel scientific work related to pain across Taiwan. However, owing to the growing number of international journals competing with ours, we are facing a shortage of submissions. In 2022, thanks to the trust of the former editor-in-chief (EIC), Professor Yen-Chin Liu, and the current society president, Professor Chih-Peng Lin, I am honored to be the next EIC. Because of the trend of globalization, our society decided to revise the journal’s name to Asia Pacifi c Journal of Pain to welcome submissions from all over the world. Although being an EIC is indeed a personal milestone, I take full responsibility for ensuring that this historical journal thrives.
Our first mission is to ensure a user-friendly platform for authors to display their work. For this reason, our society authorized the reputable publisher Airiti to manage our publications. Airiti has successfully helped the offi cial journal of Taiwan Society of Anesthesiologists, Asian Journal of Anesthesiology, to be indexed in PubMed; this is our role model.
Our second mission is to increase the visibility of our journal. Several well-known national and international scholars have joined our editorial board. Besides providing profi cient editorial work, they will be asked to contribute perspective or review articles, which will attract the attention of readers in related fields. Our society members also started social media, such as Global Pain Practice (founded by Dr. Jen-Li Pain) and MSK Ultrasound Club (founded by myself), to disseminate the publications. The authors who choose our journal will not have to be concerned about the low visibility of their articles.
Our vision is to be a world-class forum for health practitioners and specialists (especially in the Asia-Pacifi c region) to display their academic work in a legitimate way. The forum is multidisciplinary and customized to health practitioners and specialists. A constructive and effective review process will be guaranteed, and all submissions will be evaluated without discrimination.
A statement without ambition is just a dream. Our first goal is to get Asia Pacific Journal of Pain indexed in PubMed over three years. PubMed is the most well-known electronic database of biomedical and life science journals . The number of publications indexed in PubMed is considered the simplest measure for evaluating the productivity and academic contribution of a researcher. The criteria for a journal selected in PubMed Central are clearly listed on the National Library of Medicine website, which will inform our editorial team on how to manage the publications and journal websites. Our second goal is to get Asia Pacifi c Journal of Pain indexed in the Web of Science  and eventually earn its impact factor . The impact factor is unrelated to its real impact on science. However, with an impact factor, more top researchers will select our journal to disseminate their excellent work. More effort should be made before we send our application to the database manager. We will step-by-step and day-by-day do our best to achieve our goals. Finally, we will continue to encourage recognition of our journal by local or international societies of pain and associated organizations. Undoubtedly, international collaboration will be the key to success for Asia Pacific Journal of Pain.