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

The journal publishes a variety of article types: Original Research, Review, Communication, Opinion, 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.

Publication Speed (median values for papers published in 2023): Submission to First Decision: 5.9 weeks; Submission to Acceptance: 14.7 weeks; Acceptance to Publication: 8 days (1-2 days of FREE language polishing included)

Special Issue

Multi-level Approaches to Preventing Perinatal Mood Disorders

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

Guest Editor

Jenn Leiferman, PhD, Professor

Department of Community and Behavioral Health, University of Colorado, USA

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Research interests: perinatal mood disorders; mental health and wellbeing; systems of care; community-based participatory research.

About This Topic

It is estimated that one in five women experience a mental health disorder, such as depression or anxiety, during the prenatal period and/or first year postpartum (i.e. Perinatal period). The COVID-19 pandemic worsened mental health outcomes among many pregnant and postpartum women, which may translate to detrimental impacts on maternal and child health and well-being. Multi-level strategies that target a constellation of protective factors are necessary to promote perinatal well-being. Research is needed to investigate associations among modifiable individual-, interpersonal-, community- and societal-level variables and perinatal mood disorders (i.e., depression and anxiety) to inform practices and policies that will best support maternal and child well-being.

Potential topics include but are not limited to:

  • Studies testing the feasibility of interventions aimed to prevent perinatal mood disorders
  • Secondary data analyses of multi-level factors associated with perinatal mood disorders
  • Quantitative and qualitative studies that investigate COVID-19 related impacts on perinatal mood disorders
  • Efficacy and effectiveness studies that focus on the prevention of perinatal mood disorders throughout pregnancy and/or the postpartum

Authors willing to contribute to this special issue can contact Jenn Leiferman, jenn.leiferman@cuanschutz.edu, regarding topics of interest.

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted through the LIDSEN Submission System. Detailed information on manuscript preparation and submission is available in the Instructions for Authors. All submitted articles will be thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process and will be processed following the Editorial Process and Quality Control policy. Upon acceptance, the article will be immediately published in a regular issue of the journal and will be listed together on the special issue website, with a label that the article belongs to the Special Issue. LIDSEN distributes articles under the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY 4.0) License in an open-access model. The authors own the copyright to the article, and the article can be free to access, distribute, and reuse provided that the original work is correctly cited.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). Research articles and review articles are highly invited. Authors are encouraged to send the tentative title and abstract of the planned paper to the Editorial Office (icm@lidsen.com) for record. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Editorial Office.

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Open Access Original Research

Looking Beyond the Mother: Investigating Relationship Characteristics and Postpartum Depression Risk Factors

Received: 11 November 2022;  Published: 29 January 2023;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.2301010


Postpartum depression (PPD) affects a notable number of women. While many of the risk and protective factors for PPD are specific to the mother, there are also factors that are related to the partner. However, the partner is often overlooked when assessing the landscape of PPD and potential treatment programs. This study sought [...]
Open Access Review

Recruiting Perinatal Fathers to Interventions and Research: A Conceptual Model of Engagement and Integrative Review of Barriers Encountered and Strategies Used

Received: 31 May 2022;  Published: 14 September 2022;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.2203041


The perinatal period represents a unique developmental window for families and an opportunity to reach and engage fathers in research and preventive interventions. The distinctiveness of this period stems from the changes and stressors that parents experience which affect their openness to enroll in interventions (e.g., adaptive parenting [...]
Open Access Original Research

A Mixed-Methods Pilot Study to Identify Facilitators Leading to Sustained Mindfulness Practice across the Perinatal Period

Received: 31 May 2022;  Published: 26 August 2022;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.2203038


Many women experience depression and/or anxiety during pregnancy and/or the postpartum period. Mind-Body Interventions (MBIs) have shown great efficacy in the mitigation of these symptoms; however, there is limited research spanning the postpartum period and exploring long-term sustainability of mindfulness practice. Furthermore, little is [...]
Open Access Original Research

Associations between Prenatal Factors and Self-Reported Emotional Availability at 3- and 6-Months Postpartum

Received: 07 March 2022;  Published: 20 July 2022;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.2203028


Positive perceptions of pregnancy are associated with better postpartum outcomes, including stronger relationship with baby. Although better self-reported emotional availability (EA-SR) is associated with greater attachment security with infants, research has not yet explored the relationship between prenatal maternal factors and EA-SR. The [...]