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Knowledge and attitudes attitudes towards complementary medicine

Guest Edited by Joanna E Harnett, Jutta Hübner and Carolina Oi Lam Ung

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Mind-body interventions: mindfulness and meditation

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Mind-body interventions: mindful movement practices

Guest Edited by Marcelo Demarzo and Linda Zhong

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Aims and scope

BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies is an open access journal publishing original peer-reviewed research articles on interventions and resources that complement or replace conventional therapies, with a specific emphasis on research that explores the biological mechanisms of action, as well as their efficacy, safety, costs, patterns of use and/or implementation.

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Our research standards

We are committed to providing objective evidence for the efficacy or utilisation of complementary medicine and therapies. 

Submitting a systematic review?

We are affiliated with Cochrane Complementary Medicine. This affiliation improves the standard of Systematic Review reporting at the journal. 

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Annual Journal Metrics

  • Citation Impact
    For BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine (former title)
    2.838 - 2-year Impact Factor (2021)
    2.838 - 5-year Impact Factor (2021)
    1.471 - SNIP (Source Normalized Impact per Paper)
    0.674 - SJR (SCImago Journal Rank)

    7 days to first decision for all manuscripts (Median)
    28 days to first decision for reviewed manuscripts only (Median)

    3,165,964 downloads (2022)

Peer-review Terminology

  • The following summary describes the peer review process for this journal:

    Identity transparency: Single anonymized

    Reviewer interacts with: Editor

    Review information published: Review reports. Reviewer Identities reviewer opt in. Author/reviewer communication

    More information is available here