INFORMATION FOR AUTHORS
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WHAT IS INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE
medicine implies practicing medicine in a way that selectively incorporates
elements of complementary and alternative medicine, including traditional
Chinese medicine, into comprehensive treatment plans alongside orthodox methods
of diagnosis and treatment.
The Journal of
Chinese Integrative Medicine (JCIM) or Zhong Xi Yi Jie He Xue Bao
(Phonetic romanization of the Chinese title, also the journal title and title
abbreviation used by MEDLINE/PubMed) is the official journal of the Shanghai
Association of Integrative Medicine. JCIM is indexed/abstracted in
JCIM is a peer-reviewed open access journal and is listed in the
Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ). Both print and online issues of JCIM
are published monthly. The full texts (HTML and PDF) are made freely available
online at http://www.jcimjournal.com. All articles are citable by DOI number
and are searchable at PubMed with free full-text LinkOut. This ensures that the
articles published in JCIM have maximum exposure to the international
Please access all
free issues online at http://www.jcimjournal.com. Send your postal address by
e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will send you a complimentary print issue upon
Scope of Contributions. JCIM welcomes
manuscripts in Chinese or English on all aspects of integrative medicine from
any part of the world. Reviews, systematic reviews, methodology, study
protocols, and original research articles (both basic science studies and
clinical trials) are especially welcome. Commentaries, short reports, case
reports, book reviews, conference summaries, and letters to the editor are also
3.2 Manuscript Submission. Manuscripts
should be submitted online at http://www.jcimjournal.com or at
http://mc03.manuscriptcentral.com/jcim-en via ScholarOne Manuscripts.
Manuscripts should be accompanied by a cover letter giving details of 1) the
title of the manuscript; 2) a statement that the manuscript has not been
published in part or whole (except in the form of an abstract) or is not under
consideration for publication elsewhere in any language; 3) a statement that
all authors have agreed to be so listed and have seen and approved the
manuscript and its submission to JCIM; 4) a full postal address,
telephone and fax numbers, and e-mail address for each author; 5) a declaration
of financial arrangements or relationships that may pose conflict of interest.
as figures, graphics and tables can be embedded in the text file or may be sent
in separate files, preferably the former if possible.
4 PUBLICATION PROCESS
Manuscript Receipt. Upon the receipt of the
manuscript, the JCIM Editorial Office will assign a code number, which
is to be used in all subsequent correspondence.
Review. A member of the
editorial staff or designated advisory board member will determine whether the
manuscript warrants further peer review, in which case the manuscript will be
sent to at least two outside referees. The peer-review process takes
approximately one month. Based on the comments of the reviewers, the journal
editor determines whether the manuscript is accepted, rejected, or requires
revision before publication, and the decision will be sent to the authors.
Revision. If revision is
required, the authors should amend and resubmit the manuscript within 30 days.
Resubmission after 30 days may be considered as a new submission. If the
revision is not satisfactory to the reviewers, the author may be asked to make
a second revision. Articles are normally published within 3 months of
Rejected Manuscripts. If a manuscript is not
accepted, the authors will receive a decision letter that may or may not
include the reviewers’ comments.
Proofreading. The corresponding author
of a manuscript to be published will receive proofs. Checking the proofs is
solely the authors’ responsibility. The publisher is not responsible for any
errors not marked by the author on the proof. The proof must be returned to the
Editorial Office within 7 days of receipt.
Costs. No charge will be levied on manuscripts
written in English. Page charges are only required for manuscripts written in
Chinese from within China.
5 MANUSCRIPT PREPARATION
are in accordance with the “Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to
Biomedical Journals: Writing and Editing for Biomedical Publication”. Recent
issues of JCIM should be consulted for examples.
Title Page. The title page
should carry the following information: 1) title of the article; 2) name and
institutional affiliation of each author; 3) the designated corresponding
author’ s name, mailing address, telephone and fax numbers, and e-mail address;
4) source(s) of financial support of the study.
Original Research Articles
An abstract of about 250 words should follow the title page. Abstracts
of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) should consist of six paragraphs,
labeled Background, Objective, Design, setting, participants and interventions,
Main outcome measures, Results, and Conclusion. Abstracts of original
experimental research papers should consist of four paragraphs, labeled
Objective, Methods, Results and Conclusion.
Keywords. On the abstract page,
authors should provide 3 to 10 keywords that capture the main topics of the
article. Terms from Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) list of MEDLINE/PubMed
should be used.
Text. Word count for original research
manuscripts should be no more than 4 000 words in English, or 6 000 words in
Chinese. The text is usually divided into sections with headings such as
Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, and Discussion. For reports of
randomized controlled trials authors should refer to the CONSORT 2010
Statement, which can be found at http://www.consort-statement.org.
Ethics. When reporting
experiments on human subjects or animals, the authors should include a
statement in the Materials section. Human experiments must be performed in
accordance with international ethical standards such as the Declaration of
Helsinki, and the research protocol must be approved by an institutional review
board (IRB) or equivalent human ethics committee. Documented informed consent
must be obtained from all human subjects of clinical research prior to any
experiment; the confidentiality of patients’ information must be preserved and
a statement to that effect must be included. Laboratory research involving
animals must comply with guidelines for animal care and use; the experimental
protocol must be approved by the institutional animal care and use committee
(IACUC), and a statement to that effect must be included.
Statistical Methods. Statistical methods
should be described in sufficient detail to enable a knowledgeable reader to
assess the appropriateness of the statistical analysis used. Statistical terms,
abbreviations, and symbols must be defined, and computer software must be
specified. Lacunae in observations, such as dropouts from the study, should be
reported, and the intend-to-treat method should be applied.
Tables. Number tables
consecutively in the order of their first citation in the text and supply a
brief title for each table. Abbreviations must be defined in notes. Identify
statistical measures of variations, such as standard deviation and standard
error of the mean. Identify statistical significance by superscripts in front
of the probabilities (P), as in: aP>0.05,
bP<0.05, cP<0.01 vs A. If you
use data from another published source, obtain permission and acknowledge them
Figures. Number figures
consecutively in the text. Figures should be professionally drawn or
photographed. Drawings must be of an acceptably high standard, and only
letter-set printed material (not freehand or typewritten) should be employed.
Letters, numbers, and symbols on figures should be clear. Titles and detailed
explanations should be given in the figure legend. Photomicrographs should have
internal scale markers.
figures should be printed out with Arabic numerals corresponding to the
illustrations. Explain the internal scale and identify the method of staining
and magnification of photomicrographs. When symbols, arrows, numbers, or
letters are used to identify parts of the illustrations, identify and explain
each one clearly in the legend. Abbreviations must be explained.
If photographs of
people are used, either the subjects must not be identifiable or written
permission from the depicted individuals must be included. If a figure has been
published, acknowledge the original source and submit written permission from
the copyright holder to reproduce the material.
Acknowledgment(s) may briefly include assistance from 1) contributors
that do not warrant authorship, 2) technical help, and 3) material support, as
well as 4) financial support such as a grant.
References. Authors should check
the accuracy of all reference citations. Unpublished data, classified
periodicals, and personal communications may not be used as references.
References should be numbered consecutively in the order in which they are
first cited in the text. Identify references in text, tables, and legends by
superscript of Arabic numerals in parentheses.
The titles of journals
should be abbreviated according to the style used in MEDLINE/PubMed. List all
of the authors (surname, initials), title of the article, name of the journal
or book, year, volume (issue) and the first and last pages.
Other Types of Articles
Review Articles. Research review and
systematic review articles are welcome and undergo the same peer-review and
editorial process as original research reports. A research review article
discusses a focused topic of recent research in integrative medicine, with
commentary and analysis concerning the topic; a single-paragraph summary of
fewer than 150 words should be included. For systematic reviews authors should
refer to the PRISMA Statement, which can be found at
http://www.prisma-statement.org. The author(s) of a review article should
provide a comprehensive and critical but balanced view of the field. Review
papers may be up to 5 000 words in English or 6 000 words in Chinese.
Study Protocols. Study protocol should
be for a proposed or ongoing RCT. It should follow the CONSORT guidelines and
must have a trial registration number. Study protocols will usually be
published without peer review if the study has received ethics approval and a
grant from a major funding body (proof will be required). Study protocols
without funding or ethical approval will be peer reviewed. A manuscript for
study protocol should be divided into the following sections: Title Page,
Abstract (consists of 4 paragraphs, labeled as Background, Methods/Design,
Discussion, and Trial Registration ), Keywords, Background and
Significance/Preliminary Studies, Study Aims, Study Design/Methods, Discussion,
Competing interests, Authors’ contributions, Acknowledgements and Funding, and
References. Publishing your study protocol in JCIM does not commit you
to submitting subsequent reports of the study to us, although we do, of course,
welcome such submissions.
Case Reports. Case reports will be
considered if of particular interest. These should be less than 800 words, do
not include an abstract, and should include a brief introduction and concise
discussion describing the value of the report.
Short Reports. Short communications
should be no more than 2 000 words in English or 3 000 words in Chinese,
including title, author affiliations, references, and one figure or table. They
do not include an abstract.
Letters to the Editor. Letters to the editor
should be no more than 1 000 words in English or 1 500 words in Chinese.
Preference is given to criticisms or comments related to articles published in JCIM.
Notices. Announcements of
forthcoming regional conferences will be published free of charge. Please
specify the title of the meeting, the dates and venue, organizers, and
correspondence or secretariat address.
6 ADDRESS FOR EDITORIAL OFFICE
Chinese Integrative Medicine
Room 1407, Building of Science and Technology
No.168, Changhai Road, Shanghai
email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org