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

The Personal and the Professional: Mindfulness, Spiritual Life and Health Care

Submission Deadline: April 30, 2023 (Open) Submit Now

Guest Editor

Robert Marx, D.Clin Psy.

Sussex Mindfulness Centre, Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, East Brighton Community Mental Health Centre, Brighton General Hospital, Elm Grove, Brighton, BN2 3EW,UK

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Research interests: mindfulness, compassion, NHS, healthcare, embodiment, authenticity

About This Topic

One of the cardinal principles of secular health care is that you don’t bring in your personal spiritual outlook and practices into your work. To do so is seen as muddying the professional purpose, introducing subjective bias, and risking alienating people. At the same time, more and more empirical evidence supports the effectiveness of cultivating mindfulness, kindness, compassion and forgiveness for various mental and physical health challenges, and these concepts at least partly derive from a variety of religious and spiritual traditions. Often professionals delivering spiritually-derived interventions in secular healthcare contexts have their own personal beliefs and practices which influence their motivation and inform their resilience at work. One of the key facets of good quality mindfulness practice delivered in clinical settings is that it is ‘embodied’, which reflects the ability of the practitioner to teach from their own experience supported through daily personal mindfulness practice and annual retreat.
The purpose of this special edition is to explore ways in which personal spiritual practice informs professional healthcare. We are interested in papers that honestly, openly, and if appropriate, critically, reflect on the interface between the personal and the professional in this domain. No conclusion about the ‘correct’ way to approach this issue is assumed.

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