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: 2023  Archive: 2022 2021 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016

Special Issue

Expressive Arts Therapies during and in the Aftermath of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Submission Deadline: May 31, 2023 (Open) Submit Now

Guest Editor

Noah Hass-Cohen, PsyD, MA, ATR-BC, Professor

Couples Family Therapy Program, California School of Professional Psychology, Alliant International University, USA 

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Research interests: art therapy and relational neuroscience, compassionate mindfulness-based art therapy, trauma informed psychotherapy, chronic pain, obesity prevention, single session arts therapies, positive psychology, online arts therapy, quantitative and qualitative art therapy research methods

About This Topic

The purpose of this special issues is to showcase the courage and ingenuity of expressive arts therapists in adapting to constraints of the Covid 19 pandemic and e the diversity of people’s reactions to the pandemic. Submissions will demonstrate how compassionate-based arts therapy practices in online and face-to-face, clinical interventions, teaching, coaching, and program development formats, support recovery and prevention of the pandemic mental health effects. Case studies, clinical reports, autoethnographies, narratives, indigenous methods, thematic analysis, and curriculum descriptions are encouraged. This issue aims to publish work which is not often considered due to publication bias towards quantitative studies or traditional qualitative work. Expressive arts therapists and artists are encouraged to submit self of the therapists’ narratives and artwork. Therapists’ use of self is one of the most important therapeutic success factors. Submissions must demonstrate creativity and soundness by acknowledging personal and method-based preferences, clearly illustrating pathways that determined findings, and thick narration of artwork and artmaking. The purpose is to create an anthology that can further the expressive arts profession.


Open Access Original Research

Using Music to Manage Anxiety: A Mixed Methods Intervention Study Between Two Lockdowns

Received: 21 November 2022;  Published: 08 February 2023;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.2301013


Lockdowns were a central strategy for managing the outbreak of COVID-19, and Melbourne, Australia had some of the most extensive restrictions globally during 2021. As a result, university students were faced with isolated living and challenging learning experiences. This pilot study occurred during 2021, close to both university assignment [...]
Open Access Original Research

Expressive Arts for Grieving Youth: A Pilot Project

Received: 31 August 2022;  Published: 28 January 2023;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.2301009


The experience of loss due to death, illness, and social mitigation was inevitable during the COVID-19 pandemic. Mental health services are chronically difficult to access in Canada, and this barrier is further exacerbated when trying to access certified art therapists to deliver expressive [...]