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

Evidence for Yoga and Meditation as a Pathway toward Well-being

Submission Deadline: October 31, 2025 (Open) Submit Now

Guest Editor

Carrie Heeter, PhD

Department of Media and Information, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824, USA

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Research interests: Mental health; palliative care; meditation; mind-body connection; interoceptive awareness; mindset; well-being; experience design; serious games

About This Topic

Motivations for practicing yoga and meditation include healing from physical and mental challenges as well as outcomes related to well-being such as resilience, stability, embodied cognition, emotional thriving, and personal growth. Randomized controlled trial interventions represent a fraction of the possibilities and experiences of yoga and meditation. We can explore broader potential benefits through the people who study and practice these traditions. How do different schools of yoga and meditation approach well-being? What are the characteristics of individuals who choose to practice yoga and meditation for well-being? What subjective well-being outcomes do practitioners seek, experience and value? What kinds of community and class structures and relationships (such as with a teacher, yoga therapist, or guide) help sustain ongoing practice over time? Do the personal goals of yoga and meditation practice evolve as skill and practice mature? Scientific evidence regarding long-term practitioners and well-being can expand our understanding of the application of yoga and meditation.


Yoga; meditation; well-being; motivation; resilience; lived experience; phenomenological inquiry; mind-body connection; contemplative practice; interoception; body awareness; embodied cognition; psychological benefits; mental health; self-care; metacognition; attention; transformation; mind-wandering

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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