Call for Declaration of Interest

Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine

By February 15, 2019, please submit the following to to Angie Stengel, MS, CAE, Executive Director, ASRA,

  • A summary of why you desire to be considered for the position,
  • A letter of support from your department chair, and
  • A complete curriculum vitae

  • Final candidates will be chosen by the ASRA Board of Directors.
  • Final candidates will be invited to present themselves to the ASRA Board of Directors at its April 10, 2019, meeting in Las Vegas, NV.
  • The new Editor-in-Chief will be appointed by April 2019 and will begin his or her term September - October 2019.

Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine

  • Owned by the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA)
  • Published for the Society by BMJ. Current 5-year contract through December 31, 2023
  • Official publication of the European, Latin American, Asian and Oceanic, and African Societies of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine.
  • None of these societies share ownership of the Journal, nor do they have codified input into editorial matters
  • Circulation at year-end 2018: 9,000 individuals, 225 institutions
  • Will handle ~800 submissions in 2020
  • Publishes ~ 1,200 pages per year

Editor-in-Chief Job Description

  • Appointed by and responsible to the ASRA Board of Directors
  • Maintains complete and independent control of the Journal’s editorial direction
  • May serve up to two 5-year terms
  • Determines editorial direction of the Journal, but ASRA Board may provide input
  • Appoints Editorial Board (with ASRA Board “approval”), associate editors, and consultant reviewers
  • Is solely responsible for the Journal’s direction of the editorial office
  • Handles all manuscripts including reviewer assignment, decisions regarding publication of individual manuscripts, scientific copy editing, etc.
  • Is the primary business and strategic liaison with BMJ publishing editor
  • Note: Other members of the Editorial Board hold voluntary positions; therefore the ability of the EIC to delegate significant editorial tasks to others is limited. The EIC can pay associate editors.


  • Department support
  • Absence of or minimal industry-related conflict of interest and annual disclosure of any other real or perceived conflicts of interest.
  • In accordance with CMSS Code for Interactions with Companies as as adapted and adopted by ASRA, the EIC may have direct financial relationships with companies during his or her term; although they are strongly discouraged.

What ASRA Provides to the EIC

  • ASRA supports two days per week of the EIC’s time. This payment is based on 40% of the EIC’s salary at his or her home institution, but does not subsidize retirement, insurance, or other benefits. No health benefits are provided. The demands of the job frequently exceed two days per week, but in general this is sufficient time to run the Journal.
  • The Journal’s contract includes an editorial office subsidy, which is generally sufficient to cover basic office costs (printing, phone, postage).
  • The publisher will also provide a managing editor to support day-today work.

Minimal Requirements for the Job of EIC

  • Departmental support to cover benefits and have two days/week of non-clinical time
  • Physical office space for Journal operations. No subsidy is provided for physical office space or basic utilities.
  • A commitment to devote a significant portion of professional time to the management and day-to-day operation of the Journal and to provide vision and leadership toward fulfilling its mission.
  • Ability to devote significant time and energy to contribute to the dissemination of research for the ongoing benefit and improvement of the Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine field.

Direct questions to Dr. Marc Huntoon, current EIC, or ASRA Executive Director Angie Stengel.