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.

Publication Speed (median values for papers published in 2022): Submission to First Decision: 6 weeks; Submission to Acceptance: 14 weeks; Acceptance to Publication: 10 days (1-2 days of FREE language polishing included)

Current Issue: 2023  Archive: 2022 2021 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016

Special Issue

Cross-cultural Understanding of Positive Mental Health

Submission Deadline: May 31, 2024 (Open) Submit Now

Guest Editors

Yasuhiro Kotera, PhD, Associate Professor

Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK

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Research interests: mental health, cross-culture, self-compassion

Kristian Barnes

Moriarty, Flynn & Barnes, 308900 Singapore,

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Research interests: compassion, leadership

Matthew Cotterill


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Research interests: positive psychology, autism and intellectual disabilities, exercise and wellbeing.

Julie Beaumont

College of Health, Psychology and Social Care, University of Derby, Derby , UK


Research interests: compassion

Yudai Kaneda

School of Medicine, Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan

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Research interests: public health

About This Topic

As the mental health awareness increases worldwide, cross-cultural understanding of mental health is increasingly needed. For example, many global mental health studies do not sufficiently address cross-cultural differences about mental health, failing to capture accurate data from different countries. In practice, implementation of research findings may be done poorly if cross-cultural understanding is missing. Understanding how different cultures view mental health is important.

Positive mental health aims to achieve fulfilment by promoting an individual’s functioning, quality of life, and well-being. Positive mental health is different from traditional mental health, which predominantly focuses on prevention and reduction of negative mental health symptoms such as depression, anxiety and addiction. Positive mental health helps people cope with daily life stress, have a fulfilling occupational life, and feel connected with their community. Promotion of positive mental health can prevent people from mental health problems, and facilitate recovery from mental health problems.

This special issue aims to report cross-cultural understanding of positive mental health.


cross-culture, positive mental health, global mental health, cultural biases, positive psychology