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Integrative Medicine: A Clinician's Journal


The editors of Integrative Medicine: A Clinician's Journal (IMCJ) invite authors to submit original papers for consideration. Papers most likely to be accepted for consideration are those that present authoritative information on the integration of alternative therapies with conventional medical practices in preventing and treating disease, healing illness, and promoting health. We are particularly interested in articles that focus on the use of nutritional supplements, botanicals, diet, and lifestyle. All papers are subject to peer review.

Manuscripts should contain between 2500 and 3700 words and are accepted for consideration with the understanding that they are not available anywhere online and have not been published or submitted elsewhere.

Authors will be asked to transfer copyright to InnoVision Health Media (the publisher of IMCJ) when their manuscript is accepted for publication. Accepted manuscripts become the property of InnoVision Health Media and may not be published or be made available online without its written permission. All accepted manuscripts are subject to editing to conform to the AMA Manual of Style, 10th edition, as well as accepted journalistic standards. Authors will be asked to review articles after editing and prior to publication.

Submission: All manuscripts should be submitted via email. Tables and figures must be in separate files and a hard copy of each must accompany the manuscript. If possible, please use Word. Both Mac and PC formats are acceptable.

Acknowledgment: Unsolicited submissions are usually acknowledged within 2-3 weeks of receipt. If you do not hear from us within this time, assume your email was not received and please resend it.

Peer review: All submissions are subject to peer review. Two or more authorities will judge the validity, originality, and significance of the work presented. After the manuscript has been reviewed, the author will be informed whether it has been accepted for publication, rejected, or requires revision.

Author Agreements

When writing for IMCJ, the author should be willing to commit to the following.

Conflict of interest: On February 2006 the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals) decreed the following:

“Public trust in the peer review process and the credibility of published articles depend in part on how well conflict of interest is handled during writing, peer review, and editorial decision making. Conflict of interest exists when an author (or the author's institution), reviewer, or editor has financial or personal relationships that inappropriately influence (bias) his or her actions (such relationships are also known as dual commitments, competing interests, or competing loyalties). These relationships vary from those with negligible potential to those with great potential to influence judgment, and not all relationships represent true conflict of interest. The potential for conflict of interest can exist whether or not an individual believes that the relationship affects his or her scientific judgment. Financial relationships (such as employment, consultancies, stock ownership, honoraria, paid expert testimony) are the most easily identifiable conflicts of interest and the most likely to undermine the credibility of the journal, the authors, and of science itself. However, conflicts can occur for other reasons, such as personal relationships, academic competition, and intellectual passion.”

IMCJ decrees that an author must disclose any financial ties to the subject matter about which s/he is writing.
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Informed Consent: On February 2006 the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals) decreed the following:

“Patients have a right to privacy that should not be infringed without informed consent. Identifying information, including patients' names, initials, or hospital numbers, should not be published in written descriptions, photographs, and pedigrees unless the information is essential for scientific purposes and the patient (or parent or guardian) gives written informed consent for publication. Informed consent for this purpose requires that a patient who is identifiable be shown the manuscript to be published. Authors should identify individuals who provide writing assistance and disclose the funding source for this assistance.

“Identifying details should be omitted if they are not essential. Complete anonymity is difficult to achieve, however, and informed consent should be obtained if there is any doubt. For example, masking the eye region in photographs of patients is inadequate protection of anonymity. If identifying characteristics are altered to protect anonymity, such as in genetic pedigrees, authors should provide assurance that alterations do not distort scientific meaning and editors should so note.”

When informed consent has been obtained it should be indicated in the published article and a copy of any consents should be included with article submission.

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Human and Animal Rights: On February 2006 the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals) decreed the following:

Humans: “When reporting experiments on human subjects, authors should indicate whether the procedures followed were in accordance with the ethical standards of the responsible committee on human experimentation (institutional and national) and with the Helsinki Declaration of 1975, as revised in 2000. If doubt exists whether the research was conducted in accordance with the Helsinki Declaration, the authors must explain the rationale for their approach, and demonstrate that the institutional review body explicitly approved the doubtful aspects of the study.”

Animals: “When reporting experiments on animals, authors should indicate whether the institutional and national guide for the care and use of laboratory animals was followed.”

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Publishable Subject Matter

Publishable topics include, but are not limited to, the following.

  • Acupuncture/Acupressure
  • Anthroposophy
  • Aromatherapy
  • Ayurveda
  • Bioelectromagnetic therapy
  • Biofeedback
  • Botanical medicine
  • Chiropractic
  • Craniosacral therapies
  • Creative therapies (including art, dance, drama, and music)
  • Diet/Nutrition/Nutritional supplements
  • Environmental medicine
  • Five Element Chinese Medicine
  • Health promotion
  • Homeopathy
  • Hypnotherapy
  • Imagery
  • Indigenous medical practices
  • Literature reviews, systematic reviews and meta-analyses
  • Massage
  • Meditation
  • Medical Acupuncture
  • Mind-body therapies (including behavioral and educational aspects)
  • Naturopathy
  • Nonlocal therapies
  • Osteopathic medicine
  • Qi gong
  • Psychoneuroimmunology
  • Psychotherapy
  • Reflexology
  • Reiki
  • Relaxation/stress reduction
  • Spiritual/transpersonal healing/prayer
  • Tibetan medicine
  • Traditional Chinese Medicine
  • Yoga


Send queries or manuscripts to:

Integrative Medicine: A Clinician's Journal
Attention: Submissions

3470 Washington Drive Suite 102
Eagan, MN 55122

Ph: 877.904.7951
Ph: 651.251.9650

Checklist for Authors

  • Cover letter

  • Title page, including:

    • Title of manuscript

    • All authors' full names in publishing order, with degrees, ranks, credentials, and affiliations

    • Name, address, telephone (home and work), fax numbers, and e-mail address of author to whom correspondence should be addressed

    • Current mailing addresses for all authors

    • Institution(s) in which the work was performed

    • Key words

    • Number or name of grant or information about other financial support used for the study

  • Abstract

  • Text

  • References (double-spaced, starting on a new page)

  • Figures and/or tables (in double brackets, note where in the text these fall—ie, [[Figure 1 here]]—but please do not place them into the text; must be in a separate document)

  • Illustrations (original print only, properly labeled)

  • Copies of all signed permissions and agreements (see “Author Agreements,” above)

  • Acknowledgments

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