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.
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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.
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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)
Welcoming the “Metaverse” in Integrative and Complementary Medicine
Submission Deadline: December 22, 2024 (Open) Submit Now
Poppy L.A. Schoenberg, Ph.D
Osher Center for Integrative Health, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN, USA
Research interests: neurophysiology; cognitive neuroscience; cognitive neuropsychology
About This Topic
The “metaverse” is a digital, interconnected universe where virtual and physical realities converge to create limitless immersive and interactive experiences. The expansion of metaverse-related technologies, such as Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR), Mixed Reality (MR), Haptic Biofeedback, Digital Twins, Avatars, Smart Contracts, Telemedicine and Telehealth, Blockchain Technology, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Spatial Computing, and 3D Modeling and Simulation, are already significantly enriching systems in business and healthcare that will shift how patients/providers interact and experience wellness.
As we welcome the metaverse into integrative and complementary medicine, this series invites researchers, clinicians/practitioners, and patients to share their insights, research findings, and visions for this exciting new frontier where the possibilities are seemingly endless. On the more cautious side, contributions that also consider how these technologies raise potentially important societal questions as their use becomes more ubiquitous, including but not limited to, issues related to privacy, data security, informed consent, and the potential for digital health disparities. A wide range of articles, including original research studies, review articles, case studies, technical overviews, ethical considerations, patient perspectives, practitioner insights, future directions, legal and regulatory analysis, educational resources, and patient outcomes data, will all be considered for peer-review.
metaverse; augmented/virtual reality; telehealth/telemedicine, artificial intelligence; 3D-modeling; digital contracts; integrative medicine
Received: 17 October 2023; Published: 25 October 2023; doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.2304046
The digital transformation of healthcare is accelerating. At the forefront of this revolution is the development of the "metaverse." This multidimensional digital universe, where virtual and physical realities converge, is reshaping the potential of integrative and complementary medicine. In this special edition journal series, we [...]
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