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Celebrating 20 years of The Journal of Headache and Pain

TJHP journal cover20 years ago, The Journal of Headache and Pain published its first article. After receiving its first Impact Factor in 2008, it has developed into one of the leading fully open access journals in its field.

To kick off our celebrations, please enjoy this Editorial written by the Editor in Chief, Paolo Martelletti, reflecting on the journal's inception and the contributions of scientists from around the world that have made the journal into what it is today.

Aims and Scope - now also encouraging basic science submissions

The Journal of Headache and Pain is a peer-reviewed open access journal published under the brand BMC, part of Springer Nature. It is specifically dedicated to researchers involved in all aspects of headache and related pain syndromes, including epidemiology, public health, basic science, translational medicine, clinical trials and real-world data.

With a multidisciplinary perspective, The Journal of Headache and Pain covers headache medicine and related pain syndromes in all medical disciplines and particularly encourages clinical, translational and basic science submissions in the areas of pain management, genetics, neurology and internal medicine. The Journal publishes research articles, reviews, letters to the Editor as well as consensus articles and guidelines, which promote best practice in the management of patients with  headaches and related pain.

Announcing the launch of In Review

The Journal of Headache and Pain, in partnership with Research Square, is now offering In Review. Authors choosing this free optional service will be able to:

  • Share their work with fellow researchers to read, comment on, and cite even before publication
  • Showcase their work to funders and others with a citable DOI while it is still under review
  • Track their manuscript - including seeing when reviewers are invited, and when reports are received 


  1. Authors: Giorgio Lambru, Sarah Miller and Manjit S Matharu

    Content type: Review article

Most mentioned in 2018

Patterns of medicinal cannabis use, strain analysis, and substitution effect among patients with migraine, headache, arthritis, and chronic pain in a medicinal cannabis cohort
Baron EP., Lucas P. and Hogue O. 

Migraine is first cause of disability in under 50s: will health politicians now take notice?
Steiner TJ., Stovner LJ., Vos T., Jensen R. and Katsarava Z.

Factors associated with acute medication overuse in people with migraine: results from the 2017 migraine in America symptoms and treatment (MAST) study
Schwedt TJ, Alam A., Reed ML., Fanning KM., Munjal S. et al.

Medication-overuse headache: a widely recognized entity amidst ongoing debate
Vandenbussche N., Laterza D., Lisicki M., Lloyd J., Lupi C. et al.

The association between migraine and physical exercise
Amin FM., Aristeidou S., Baraldi C., Czapinska-Ciepiela EK., Ariadni DD. et al.

PACAP38 and PAC1 receptor blockade: a new target for headache?
Rubio-Beltrán E., Correnti E., Deen M., Kaam K., Kelderman T. et al.

Pituitary adenylate-cyclase-activating polypeptide (PACAP): another novel target for treatment of primary headaches?
Ashina M., and Martelletti P.

Altered muscle activity during rest and during mental or physical activity is not a trait symptom of migraine - a neck muscle EMG study
Leudtke K., Mehnert J. and May A.

My Migraine Voice survey: a global study of disease burden among individuals with migraine for whom preventive treatments have failed
Martelletti P., Schwedt TJ., Lanteri-Minet M., Quintana R., Carboni V. et al.

Migraine and cluster headache – the common link
Vollesen AL., Benemei S., Cortese F., Labastida-Ramírez A., Marchese F. et al.

(Publication year 2018. Data collected February 2019. Source: Altmetric)

Top cited 2017-2018

Migraine is first cause of disability in under 50s: will health politicians now take notice?
Timothy J. Steiner, Lars J. Stovner, Theo Vos, R. Jensen and Z. Katsarava

Blocking CGRP in migraine patients - a review of pros and cons

Marie Deen, Edvige Correnti, Katharina Kamm, et al.

Fluctuations in episodic and chronic migraine status over the course of 1 year: implications for diagnosis, treatment and clinical trial design
Daniel Serrano, Richard B. Lipton, Ann I. Scher, et al.

Calcitonin gene-related peptide and pain: a systematic review
Wendy Sophie Schou, Sait Ashina, Faisal Mohammad Amin, et al.

Long-term study of the efficacy and safety of OnabotulinumtoxinA for the prevention of chronic migraine: COMPEL study
Andrew M. Blumenfeld, Richard J. Stark, Marshall C. Freeman, et al.

Interictal brain activity differs in migraine with and without aura: resting state fMRI study
Péter Faragó, Bernadett Tuka, Eszter Tóth, et al.

Hormonal contraceptives and risk of ischemic stroke in women with migraine: a consensus statement from the European Headache Federation (EHF) and the European Society of Contraception and Reproductive Health (ESC)
Simona Sacco, Gabriele S. Merki-Feld, Karen Lehrmann Ægidius, et al.

Altered functional connectivity of amygdala underlying the neuromechanism of migraine pathogenesis
Zhiye Chen, Xiaoyan Chen, Mengqi Liu, et al.

Mindfulness and pharmacological prophylaxis after withdrawal from medication overuse in patients with Chronic Migraine: an effectiveness trial with a one-year follow-up
Licia Grazzi, Emanuela Sansone, Alberto Raggi, et al.

The effect and safety of monoclonal antibodies to calcitonin gene-related peptide and its receptor on migraine: a systematic review and meta-analysis
Min Hou, Haiyan Xing, Yongqing Cai, et al.

(Publication years 2017-2018. Data collected December 2019. Source: Web of Science)

European Headache Federation School of Advanced Studies

The European Headache Federation School of Advanced Studies (EHF-SAS) aims to support headache science and offers young EU scientists high quality educational activities to enhance their critical spirit and skills to face headache medicine from a multidisciplinary perspective.

The EHF-SAS covers the richness and diversity of headache medicine fields, including basic science, clinical science, and diagnostic science, and places an emphasis on collaborative projects. The European Headache Federation will support its fellows’ activities allowing them to independently build their own plan sided by the EHF-SAS Scientific Committee.

Editorial Office

Editor in Chief (Founding) 
Paolo Martelletti, MD, 
Department of Clinical and Molecular Medicine
Sapienza University of Rome 
Via di Grottarossa 1035 
I-00189 Rome, Italy 
Tel.: +39-06-33775111 
Fax: +39-06-33775110 

Assistant to the Editor: Valerio De Angelis 

Thematic Series

Animal models in headache research

​​​​​​​Edited by Dr Cenk Ayata and Dr Andrea M. Harriott

Open to submissions

The changing face of migraine

Edited by Prof Messoud Ashina, Prof Lars Edvinsson and Prof Paolo Martelletti

Migraine Aura - Current understanding and future perspectives

Edited by Dr Anders Hougaard, Prof Paolo Martelletti and Dr Michele Viana

Open to submissions

Hot topics in headache and pain from the EHF-SAS

Edited by Prof Paolo Martelletti 

Editorial Board Spotlight

Editorial Board Member Bozzao © christina dzikowskiProf. Alessandro Bozzao is Full Professor in Neuroradiology in the University of Rome, Sapienza (NESMOS Department). His research focused on diagnostic neuroradiology especially concerning cerebrovascular diseases, demyelinating diseases and brain neoplasms. Many of his studies evaluated Magnetic Resonance Imaging in the selection of stroke treatment and characterization of brain tumors.

Academic education in headache

The demand for a broad, complete and independent education in Headache Disorders has increased over time. The following international Masters courses guarantee a full coverage of this area of clinical medicine.

For more information:

Master in Headache Medicine - 17th Edition
Academic Year 2019-2020

Master of Headache Disorders - 2nd Edition
Academic Years 2018-2020


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