OBM Integrative and Complementary Medicine is an international peer-reviewed Open Access journal published quarterly online by LIDSEN Publishing Inc. It covers all evidence-based scientific studies on integrative, alternative and complementary approaches to improving health and wellness.

Topics contain but are not limited to:

  • Acupuncture
  • Acupressure
  • Acupotomy
  • Bioelectromagnetics applications
  • Pharmacological and biological treatments including their efficacy and safety
  • Diet, nutrition and lifestyle changes
  • Herbal medicine
  • Homeopathy
  • Manual healing methods (e.g., massage, physical therapy)
  • Kinesiology
  • Mind/body interventions
  • Preventive medicine
  • Research in integrative medicine
  • Education in integrative medicine
  • Related policies

It publishes a variety of article types: original research, review, communication, opinion, case report, study protocol, comment, conference report, technical note, book review, etc.

There is no restriction on paper length, provided that the text is concise and comprehensive. Authors should present their results in as much detail as possible, as reviewers are encouraged to emphasize scientific rigor and reproducibility. 

Indexing: DOAJ-Directory of Open Access Journals.

Archiving: full-text archived in CLOCKSS.

Rapid publication: manuscripts are undertaken in 11.7 days from acceptance to publication (median values for papers published in this journal in the second half of 2021, 1-2 days of FREE language polishing time is also included in this period). A first decision provided to authors of manuscripts submitted to this journal are approximately 6.8 weeks (median values) after submission.

Current Issue: 2022  Archive: 2021 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016

Special Issue

Nutrition and Exercise for Weight Loss

Submission Deadline: December 31, 2022 (Open) Submit Now

Guest Editors

Prof. Roberto Cannataro, MSc

Galascreen srl University of Calabria, 87036 Rende (CS) Italy

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Research Interests: Nutrition and dietetics; miRNA; supplements formulation; sports medicine; nutritional Biochemistry; nutrition assessment; phytochemicals; body composition; carbohydrate metabolism; and energy metabolism

Prof. Jorge Luis Petro Soto, ePhD, CSCS

Associate Professor, Research Group in Physical Activity, Sports and Health Sciences (GICAFS), Universidad de Córdoba, Montería 230002, Colombia

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Research Interests: Exercise science; exercise physiology; strength & conditioning; sport physiology; exercise testing; exercise intervention; body composition; exercise biochemistry; nutrition and exercise performance

Prof. Diego A. Bonilla, cPhD, ISAK 3

Research Division, DBSS INTERNATIONAL, Bogotá 110861, Colombia

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Research Interests: Nutrition and dietetics; nutritional biochemistry; systems biology; molecular biology; biochemistry; sports medicine; exercise science; body composition; muscle growth; nutrition and exercise performance; dietary supplements

About this topic

Overweight and obesity are global public health problems, which in most cases result from a combination of excessive caloric intake and physical inactivity. At a physiological level, they are characterized by hypertrophy and hyperplasia of the adipocytes in white adipose tissue but also involve alterations at the endocrine level that can affect other tissues, including brown adipose tissue. In this sense, new evidence is constantly emerging about the nutrition and exercise strategies for optimizing body fat reduction while preserving the fat-free mass and the rest energy expenditure. Unfortunately, the disadvantage of social media marketing makes this practice characterized by abundant misinformation, malpractices, pseudoscience or "broscience" and the transmission of concepts in a reductionist manner by those who call themselves "professionals", "experts" or "researchers" in the area, without having any quality education or accredited experience in the research field. Furthermore, the frequent consumption of performance or image enhancing drugs, which are known to have several side effects and increase the risk of morbidity and mortality, makes necessary that recommendations based on the results of scientific research with the aim of maximizing results, increase adherence to the intervention programs and avoid the consumption of drugs. This Special Issue will cover topics related to nutrition and exercise interventions for weight loss from a metabolic, physiological, or performance point of view in several populations (healthy subjects, overweight / obese individuals, exercisers focused on muscle-building and high-level athletes).

Papers will be published continuously (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Original research articles, reviews, case studies as well as short communications are welcomed. All papers published in OBM Integrative and Complementary Medicine (ISSN 2573-4393) are published in full open access. In order to provide free access to readers, and to cover the costs of peer review, copyediting, typesetting, long-term archiving, and journal management, a paper processing charge (APC) of 300 USD (US Dollars) applies to papers accepted after peer review in 2020. Please note that for papers submitted before 30 June 2020 a 50% discount of publication fee applies. In addition to US Dollar, we also accept payment in Euros (EUR), or British Pound Sterling (GBP). Please note there are no submission charges in OBM Integrative and Complementary Medicine.

Manuscripts should be submitted online at http://www.lidsen.com/account-login by registering and logging in to this website. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline.

Publication

Open Access Commentary

Cluster Sets for Muscle Hypertrophy: A Short Review

Received: 25 November 2021;  Published: 09 March 2022;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.2201010

Abstract

Cluster-set resistance training is focused on performance improvements of sports by increasing the repetition maximum, jump height, and efficiency in the sprint. In this commentary, we present relevant aspects to optimize the use of cluster training under the context of muscle hypertrophy. Therefore, we address intra-sets pauses [...]
Open Access Perspective

Diabetes and Obesity

Received: 18 August 2021;  Published: 22 November 2021;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.2104048

Abstract

Obesity and Diabetes are leading causes of cardiovascular disease and mortality. They are closely linked because of insulin resistance. Hypertension and dyslipidaemia together with poor exercise drive atherosclerosis. Early treatment of blood sugar, dyslipidaemia and hypertension reverse the atherosclerosis process. Bariatric surge [...]
Open Access Review

Exercise and Nutritional Strategies to Promote Weight Loss: A Narrative Review1

Received: 01 April 2021;  Published: 03 November 2021;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.2104041

Abstract

Obesity has historically been thought to simply be related to an imbalance between energy intake and expenditure. Weight loss recommendations have traditionally focused on reducing energy intake, maintaining either a high-carbohydrate low-fat diet or vice versa, and increasing physical activity typically through low to moderate [...]
Open Access Case Report

Successful Weight Reduction in Metabolic Syndrome with a Hypocaloric Plant-Based Diet (Lacto-ovo-vegetarian Diet) with Exercise During an Educational Hospitalization: Report of Three Cases

Received: 13 January 2021;  Published: 20 February 2021;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.2101006

Abstract

The high prevalence of obesity is a global concern. However, obesity and inflammatory bowel disease have similarities in epidemiology, diet, and gut microbial dysbiosis. An omnivorous (westernized) diet replacement with a plant-based diet in inflammatory bowel disease achieved better outcomes in both the induction and quiescent phases. Educati [...]
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